Benjamin Joseph Levin, popularly known as Benny Blanco in the music industry, is an American record producer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with several popular artistes during his long career. Blanco is also a very talented songwriter and has won the Hal David Starlight Award from The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) in 2013. He has also won five ‘BMI Songwriter of the Year’ awards between 2011 and 2014 and two ‘iHeartRadio Music Awards’ in 2017. As a songwriter, Blanco has delivered seven number one singles on Billboard’s top charts and several other singles featuring in the top 10. He has worked with popular artistes like Kanye West, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Selena Gomez, and Justin Bieber. He released his debut album ‘Friends Keep Secrets’ which featured in the Billboard top 50 list and also made it to the charts in Australia, Canada, Norway, and Ireland. His song ‘Eastside,’ with Halsey and Khalid, made it to the top spot on the Ireland, New Zealand, and UK charts. The single also made it to the top 10 lists in other countries, including the United States, Canada, Denmark, and Sweden.
Benny Blanco used to play different instruments in his room as a child and soon began to record his music as well. In the mid-1990s, he was much influenced by the contemporary music of Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (“Nas”). He was just a small boy at that time. As his interest in music grew, Blanco continued making more music in his house and recording them.
With his impressive music, Blanco managed to grab the attention of the executives at Columbia Records. Later, he got the chance to work under record producer David Aaron Shayman (better known as Disco D). After his apprenticeship under Disco D, Blanco was mentored by producer and songwriter Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald (also known as Dr. Luke). During this time, Blanco successfully wrote and produced many popular songs under his guidance. These include songs like Kesha’s debut single ‘TiK ToK’, and ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry. Later, Blanco released several popular songs independently, the most notable of them being ‘Moves Like Jagger’ by the band Maroon 5. His other independent productions were ‘Stereo Hearts’ by Gym Class Heroes and ‘Don't Trust Me’ by the electronic music duo Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte.
After the success of ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ Maroon 5 collaborated with Blanco once again, for their fourth studio album ‘Overexposed’. The album ended up as one of the most successful in the band’s history. It was featured at the number two position on the Billboard 200 and sold over 222,000 copies. He has since delivered numerous singles which have featured at the number one spot on the top charts. In the ensuing years, he collaborated with top artistes like Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Camila Cabello, Justin Bieber, and Ed Sheeran.
In 2013, at the 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame award show, Blanco won the Hal David Starlight Award. He also won the Producer of the Year award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2017. He has been nominated at the Grammy Awards a total of eight times between 2011 and 2018 as well as once at the Golden Globe Awards in 2016.
In 2018, Benny Blanco released his debut single ‘Eastside’ which broke into the Billboard top charts and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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Family & Personal Life
Benny Blanco was born on March 8, 1988, in Reston, Virginia. He comes from a Jewish family which has been very supportive of his musical career right from the beginning. He used to practice making music in his home in his childhood. There is not much information available about his personal life as he is a very private person. However, it is a well-known fact in the industry that Blanco is a humble person.