Pop/rock singer/guitarist Ken Block began performing professionally at the age of 12. In 1993, he helped form the acoustic jangle pop band Sister Hazel in Gainesville, FL. The group's self-titled debut album, featuring numerous songs co-written by Block, was released independently in 1994, and then Sister Hazel signed to Universal Records, which released ...Somewhere More Familiar in 1997. The album went platinum, buoyed by the Top 20 success of the single "All for You," co-written by Block. Sister Hazel followed up with 2000's Fortress, which was not as much of a commercial success, and returned to independent status with Chasing Daylight (2003), released by Sixthman, the band's own label. That album and its successor, Lift (2004), reached the charts. With 2006's holiday collection Santa's Playlist, Sister Hazel moved to the Rock Ridge Music label. While remaining a member of the group, Block released his debut solo album, Drift, on Rock Ridge on December 9, 2008. ~ William Ruhlmann
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