On February 15 2011, Ben Drew, aka Plan B, picked up the Brit for Best Male Artist at the Brit Awards in London. The choice surprised no one. Plan B’s sumptuous retro-soul/hip-hop concept album ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’ had been a signature sound of 2010, rarely off the airwaves as it notched up close on one million sales. When it was released in April 2011 it entered the chart at No.1.
Since its release ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’ momentum has been unstoppable. In addition to the near-million album sales, Plan B's singles also boast an impressive sales rate, including well over half a million for the irresistible ‘She Said’. Plan B has been called “the most gifted white British soul singer in a decade.” (The Guardian)
March 2012 saw a return to Plan B's grime / hip-hop roots with the hard hitting 'Ill Manors' - a track inspired by the London riots and social alienation amongst young people in Britain today. The single was shortly followed by a film and soundtrack of the same name.
Ben Drew has starred in multiple hit films to date including 'Harry Brown', 'Adulthood' and 'The Sweeney'.
“At the end of the day,” he says,” I don’t make music or films to get awards or for fame or money. I do it because I love telling stories and I love creative art.”