Childhood & Early Life
Bellion was born on December 26, 1990, in Lake Grove, New York, US. He is of Italian descent. He grew up with his brother and sisters. During school years he was interested in basketball but by junior high year, his interest shifted to music and he began writing songs on his brother’s key-board.
After completing high school, he joined ‘Five Towns College’ in Dix Hills, New York, for a music program. However, he did not complete the studies and gave up when he was 19. Bellion decided to learn from experience than by remaining confined to a system. He opted for professional song writing and worked under Warner Bros’ songwriter and A&R executive Kara DioGuardi. This experience helped him write songs for different artists in rock and hip-hop genres.
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In 2011, he released his first mixtape, ‘Scattered Thoughts Vol. 1,’ through his Facebook page. He had written, composed, and produced the music all by himself. In 2012, he signed with ‘Visionary Music Group,’ and released a cover version of Drake’s ‘The Motto,’ on their ‘YouTube’ channel.
Bellion wrote the chorus of Eminem’s 2012 song, ‘The Monster,’ which featured Rihanna and became a huge success. The song won ‘2015 Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.’ This brought him fame and recognition. He was co-writer and producer of Jason Derulo’s song, ‘Trumpets.’ Bellion also received credits for the track ‘Robin Williams’ by CeeLo Green.
In 2013, he released his next mixtape, ‘Translation Through Speakers,’ and later in the same year brought out another mixtape, ‘The Separation.’ On September 2014, the ‘Visionary Music Group’ released his fourth one, titled ‘The Definiton.’ This mixtape featured his social network hits such as, ‘Simple and Sweet,’ ‘Human,’ among others.
Bellion commenced on his first national tour in October 2014, and the tour was called ‘The Beautiful Mind Tour.’ The name of his band is ‘Beautiful Mind’ and all the nine band mates are his friends from his college. He gives the credit of his success to his band mates and expresses his affection for them in the documentary, ‘Beautiful Mind,’ which was made in February, 2014.
He featured in a 2015 EDM song ‘Beautiful Now’ by Zedd from his album, ‘True Colors,’ and also featured in ‘Violence’ from the album ‘Psycadelik Thoughtz’ by American rapper B.o.B. In 2015, Bellion released a number of singles through ‘Capitol Records’ which included ‘Woodstock,’ ‘All Time Low,’ and ‘Woke the F--k Up.’ He began his second national tour, ‘The Definition Tour,’ in May 2015 which ran up to July, 2015.
He made his music available as free download. During 2016, he brought out acoustic versions of his several songs, including ‘All Time Low,’ and ‘Human.’
From April to June 2016, Bellion released singles from his forthcoming debut album, ‘The Human Condition.’ On April 13, the song ‘Guillotine’ was brought out, followed by ‘80’s Films’ on May 27, and ‘Maybe IDK’ on June 2, 2016. The lead single of the album, ‘All Time Low,’ was released on May 13, and this most popular single of his garnered more than 200 million streams on ‘Spotify.’ The album was brought out on June 10, 2016, and it debuted on number one on ‘iTunes’ and number 5 on ‘US Billboard 200’ in the first week. He achieved this in spite of the fact that he has never had any songs on radio and the album doesn’t have any electrifying verse from a famous artist.
Bellion’s music has lot many mentions of faith with emphasis on God. His debut album’s artwork is intricate, fantasy-inspired and ‘Pixar-like’ which is created by Indonesian illustrator David Ardinaray Lojaya. After the release of his album, he went on an international tour as well as a sold-out three-part national promotional tour, ‘The Human Condition Tour.’
He was named as Elvis Duran’s ‘Artist of the Month’ in June 2017. Bellion opened the act for ‘Twenty One Pilots’ during the US part of their ‘Emotional Roadshow Tour’ in 2017. He released three mixtapes on digital stores and also a collection of these three tapes ‘Growth,’ in October 2017.
His second studio album, ‘Glory Sound Prep,’ is expected to be released on November 9, 2018. The first single of this album, ‘Conversations with My Wife,’ was released in October 2018.
Artists such as Timbaland, J. Dilla, Eminem, Pharrell Williams, and Coldplay are his inspiration, but Bellion considers Kanye West as the most important influence on his music.