Grandson (musician)

Jordan Edward Benjamin,[1][2] known professionally as grandson,[3] is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and musician currently signed to Fueled by Ramen and RCA Records. He released his major label debut EP, A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1, on June 15, 2018 and released the follow-up, A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2 on February 22, 2019. The initial EP featured the single, "Blood // Water," which appeared on several Billboard charts in the United States and Canada. Benjamin's music focuses on modern-day issues that are less recognized by the media and public.

Grandson
Birth nameJordan Edward Benjamin
Born (1993-10-25) 25 October 1993
New Jersey
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitegrandsonmusic.com

Early life and education

Benjamin was born in New Jersey, but his family moved to Toronto, Canada when he was 3 years old (he holds dual citizenship in both countries). He grew up largely in the Eglinton West area of Toronto.[4][5][6] He attended Northern Secondary School in Toronto and, after graduation, enrolled in McGill University in Montreal. There, he studied education with the initial goal of becoming a teacher.[5][7] He also spent a great deal of time DJing and playing shows in Montreal while at McGill.[8] After two years, he transferred to Concordia University, another Montreal institution. He studied communications there briefly before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles in 2014 to pursue a music career.[3][5]

Career

Benjamin began releasing music under the pseudonym, Grandson stylized as "grandson", in late 2015.[6] In 2016, he released several singles that accrued millions of streams, including "Bills", "Things Change", and "Bury Me Face Down".[4][9] In 2017, he was signed to RCA Records, and continued releasing singles, including "Best Friends" and "Kiss Bang".[3][7] He also performed at North by Northeast that year (among other festivals).[6]

In April 2018, it was announced that Grandson had signed to the Fueled By Ramen record label.[10] He had also released two new singles, "Blood // Water" (a song about political corruption that would go on to appear on multiple Billboard charts) and "Thoughts & Prayers", which offered a critique of American gun laws in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.[4][11] He released his first EP on Fueled by Ramen, A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1, in June 2018.[11][12] That EP also featured the song "6:00" which discussed police brutality.[13] Also in June 2018, Grandson was featured on Mike Shinoda's song "Running from My Shadow", taken from his debut album Post Traumatic; the track was released also with an accompanying music video in May 2018.[14]

Throughout 2018, Grandson toured with acts like Hobo Johnson, Joywave, Nothing But Thieves,[12][13][15] Smashing Pumpkins,[16] and Young the Giant.[2][17] He also appeared on an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers in August 2018, performing "Blood // Water".[18]

In February 2019, he released a new single, "Apologize", and announced his second EP, A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2, which was released on 22 February 2019.[5][19] In late May Grandson released a cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Maria", a song featured on the 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles.[20]

In June 2019, he won the SOCAN Songwriting Prize for his song "Blood // Water",[21] while in September 2019 the singer released A Modern Tragedy Vol. 3, the final installment of the Modern Tragedy trilogy EPs;[22] the record features the lead single "Rock Bottom", which peaked at No. 38 on the Canadian Rock Chart.[23]

Discography

EPs

List of EPs with selected album details and peak chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat.
[24]
A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1
Broken Down Vol. 1
  • Released: 17 August 2018
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Formats: Digital download
A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2
  • Released: 22 February 2019 (US)
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
23
No Apologies Live
  • Released: 11 June 2019
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Formats: Digital download
A Modern Tragedy Vol. 3
  • Released: 13 September 2019
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Formats: Digital download, CD

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
Rock

[25]
US
Alt

[26]
US
Rock

[27]
US
Main

[28]
"Bills" 2016 Non-album singles
"Bury Me Face Down"
"Kiss Bang" 2017
"Best Friends"
"War"
"Blood // Water" 19201917 A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1
"Overdose" 2018
"Thoughts & Prayers" Non-album singles
"Apologize" 2019 53420 A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2
"Maria" Rock Sound Presents: Worship And Tributes Vol. 2
"Despicable" A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1
"Rock Bottom" 27 A Modern Tragedy Vol. 3
"Oh No!!!"
"Happy Pill" (with Moby Rich) Non-album singles
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music Videos

Title Year Director(s)
"Bills" 2017 Joe Cappa
"Blood // Water" 2018 Miggy & Morgan
"6:00" Gus Black
"Apologize" 2019 Jordan Wozy & Lucas Taggart
"Stigmata" Rosco Guerrero
"Rock Bottom" Seth Michael Stern
"Oh No!!!" Galileo

References

  1. Molloy, Alexandra (15 October 2018). "Let's talk about Grandson, and no, I'm not talking about your grandkid". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. Kernan, Patrick (23 October 2018). "Young the Giant, other alt rock acts to play show at Kirby Center in January". The Weekender. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  3. "The musician, the movement: grandson". Lupinore. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  4. Newman, Melinda (4 April 2018). "Grandson Signs With Fueled By Ramen Following His Powerful Post-Parkland Theme, 'Thoughts & Prayers'". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  5. Pelletier, Jeff (14 February 2019). "Grandson turns rage into inclusive blend of rock". The Charlatan. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  6. Moshenski-Dubov, George (13 July 2017). "Grandson goes beyond the melody". The Varsity. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  7. Butz-Weidner, Benjamin (6 March 2017). "Meet Grandson: The McGill Drop-Out Making it in the Music Business, Involved with the Recent Naked Trump Statues". The Bull & Bear. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  8. Eff, Billy (18 May 2018). "grandson n'a pas besoin de vos prières ou de vos pensées". Vice (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  9. Twardzik, Tom (31 January 2018). "New artist GRANDSON is at the front of rock and roll's evolution". Pop Dust. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  10. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8285184/grandson-signs-with-fueled-by-ramen-following-his-powerful-post
  11. Darus, Alex (4 June 2018). "Grandson announces politically charged EP, drops music video for "Blood // Water"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  12. White, Logan (5 June 2018). "grandson announces new EP 'modern tragedy vol.1' and releases new song "Blood // Water"". Substream. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  13. Weatherby, Taylor (28 September 2018). "Grandson Tackles Police Brutality Controversy With Intense '6:00' Video: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  14. Kaufman, Gil (25 May 2018). "Mike Shinoda Drops Gritty Video for 'Running From My Shadow' Featuring Grandson: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  15. Moshenski-Dubov, George (17 June 2018). "In conversation with grandson". The Varsity. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  16. Scott, Kate (26 December 2018). "The Nights We Stole Christmas w/Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, and more!". Substream Magazine. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  17. Kamaraj, Chandana (5 December 2018). "Young the Giant Hits Home with Audience, Produces More Mature Album". The University Times. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  18. Kaufman, Gil (16 August 2018). "Grandson Rages Against The Corporate Machine During Intense 'Blood//Water' Performance on 'Late Night': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  19. Taylor, Sam (5 February 2019). "grandson has announced a new EP, 'a modern tragedy vol. 2'". Upset. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  20. Chad Childers (31 May 2019). "Grandson Unleashes Cover of Rage Against the Machine's 'Maria'". Loudwire. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  21. "Politically Charged 'Blood // Water' Wins SOCAN Songwriting Prize". FYI Music News, 24 June 2019.
  22. "grandson Has Announced A New EP, a modern tragedy vol. 3". Kerrang!. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  23. "Grandson Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  24. "Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  25. "Grandson – Chart History – Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  26. "Grandson – Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  27. "Grandson – Chart History – Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  28. "Grandson – Chart History – Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
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