Alan Hampton is a singer/songwriter/bassist who’s toured, written, and recorded with several leading artists in a variety of genres, such as multi Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, and Meshell Ndegeocello. He has performed on several late night shows with Andrew Bird, Fiona Apple, and Sara Bareilles, and frequents as the house bassist on A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Chris Thile.
His music has appeared on a number of records, films, and TV shows. The title track from Erimaj’s “Conflict of a Man,” was featured on HBO’s new series Insecure. “Still,” one of many collaborations between Hampton and Grammy nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato, was performed on French television in Manu Katche’s One Shot Not. His vocals are featured on a Hexum/Hampton cowrite entitled “This Time of Year” in the opening scene of A Cinderella Christmas. Most recently Hampton top lined “Places That the Mind Goes” which is scheduled for release on 311’s next record, produced by John Feldmann.
In addition to writing and contributing dozens of songs for other artists, he’s also produced several records, two of which are his own: The Moving Sidewalk, and Origami For the Fire, which received critical acclaim from Ben Ratliff of the New York Times:
“Alan Hampton is a songwriter who makes you reach for platitudes about ‘good music’ — how people don’t write adventurous or honest pop songs anymore, how it’s all archness and monotony now, how our harmony-starved ears have shrunk….He does that because he’s got loads of talent.”