Ben Shepherd Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Ben Shepherd Quick Info
Height6 ft 4 in
Weight78 kg
Date of BirthSeptember 20, 1968
Zodiac SignVirgo
Eye ColorBlue

Ben Shepherd is an American musician and songwriter who has gained acclaim as the bassist of the rock band Soundgarden. He has also been a part of supergroups like Hater and Wellwater Conspiracy and as well as numerous musical projects like BadmotorfingerSongs from the SuperunknownI’ll Take Care of You, Down on the UpsideTelephantasmKing AnimalThe 2ndHaterDeclaration of Conformity, and Field Songs.

Born Name

Hunter Benedict Shepherd

Nick Name

Ben, HBS

Ben Shepherd pictured while performing live in May 2012
Ben Shepherd pictured while performing live in May 2012 (Teresa Sedó / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Okinawa, Japan




Musician, Songwriter


  • Father – Henry Bennett Shepherd (Worked in the Nike missile program and played the guitar)
  • Mother – Gabrielle Karen “Gay” (McMullen) Shepherd-MacKenzie
  • Others – Calaup Bennett Shepherd (Paternal Grandfather), Louise Henrietta Kyle (Paternal Grandmother), Kenneth Ambrose McMullen (Maternal Grandfather), Cecilia Juanita Cummings (Maternal Grandmother), Ralph “Tony” McMullen (Cousin)


Alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, heavy metal


Bass guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Mandolin


Sub Pop, A&M, Burn Burn Burn, Dine Alone Records (Canada)

Ben Shepherd as seen while performing live with Soundgarden at Brixton Academy in September 2013
Ben Shepherd as seen while performing live with Soundgarden at Brixton Academy in September 2013 (Ross Halfin / Wikimedia / CC BY 4.0)




6 ft 4 in or 193 cm


78 kg or 172 lbs

Race / Ethnicity


Ben Shepherd is of Cornish, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, French-Canadian (including Belgian (Walloon) and Breton), and Polish descent.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Towering height
  • Lean physique
Ben Shepherd as seen during an event in 2015
Ben Shepherd as seen during an event in 2015 (Sara / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Ben Shepherd Facts

  1. He was born on an American military base in Okinawa. Later, his family shifted from Allen, Texas, to Kingston, Washington, where Ben Shepherd spent his childhood years.
  2. It was after listening to singer and musician Johnny Cash on TV that he became inclined towards music.
  3. He has also worked as a carpenter and a laborer in the past.
  4. Ben Shepherd auditioned to become a member of Soundgarden by replacing bassist Hiro Yamamoto who left in 1989. However, he wasn’t selected as he did not know how to play the songs and, instead, Jason Everman was chosen.
  5. He later replaced Jason Everman as Everman was fired by the band after the closure of the Louder Than Love tour in 1990.
  6. With Soundgarden, Ben Shepherd released its 3rd studio album, Badmotorfinger, on September 24, 1991, through A&M Records. The album was nominated for the 1992 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance” and was also certified double ‘Platinum’ by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1996.
  7. Alongside his Soundgarden bandmate Matt Cameron, he formed the rock supergroup, Hater, in Seattle, Washington in 1993. Hater released its first eponymous studio album on September 21, 1993.
  8. In 1993, Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd, and John McBain formed the rock supergroup, Wellwater Conspiracy, in Seattle, Washington.
  9. With Wellwater Conspiracy, Shepherd released the band’s first studio album, Declaration of Conformity, on June 17, 1997, via Third Gear Records.

Featured Image by Teresa Sedó / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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