John Leventhal

John Leventhal (born December 18, 1952) is a five time Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, songwriter, and recording engineer who has produced albums for William Bell, Michelle Branch, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Joan Osborne, Loudon Wainwright III, The Wreckers and many others.

John Leventhal
Background information
Born (1952-12-18) December 18, 1952
New York City, New York, United States
GenresCountry, Americana
Record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, keyboard instruments, drums, Audio engineer
Associated actsRosanne Cash

As a musician, he has worked with these artists as well as Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Costello, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Haden, David Crosby, Levon Helm, Edie Brickell, Paul Simon, Patty Larkin, Susan Tedeschi, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Steve Forbert, Kelly Willis, Donald Fagen, and Johnny Cash.

As a songwriter, he has had over 150 songs recorded by various artists, including Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Michelle Branch, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Vince Gill, George Strait, Shelby Lynne, Patty Loveless, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Cocker and William Bell.

In 1988, he produced and co-wrote Shawn Colvin’s Grammy winning debut album Steady On. He arranged and played multiple instruments on Marc Cohn's 1991 hit "Walking in Memphis". In 1998, he won a Grammy Award for Record and Song of the Year for producing and co-writing the song "Sunny Came Home"[1] (a 1997 hit for Colvin). Leventhal produced and co-wrote all of the songs on Rosanne Cash's 2014 release The River & the Thread. On 8 February 2015, The River & the Thread won three Grammy awards: Americana Album of the Year, Best American Roots Song for "A Feather's Not a Bird" and Best American Roots Performance for "A Feather's Not a Bird".[2]

He produced and co-wrote soul singer William Bell's 2016 Stax Records release This Is Where I Live, which won the 2017 Grammy for Americana Album of the Year.[3]

Leventhal has produced albums that have been nominated for a total of 16 Grammy Awards.[4]

In September 2015, Leventhal received the Americana Music Association's award for Instrumentalist of the Year.[5]

Leventhal also composed scores to the films Winter Solstice (2004), and Big Stone Gap (2014).[6]

John Leventhal's songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.[7]

Personal life

Leventhal lives with his wife Rosanne Cash and their children in New York City.[8]

Leventhal's mother was of Irish and Cuban descent, and his father was Jewish.[9] In 2014, Newsweek reported "Before [Leventhal and Cash] were married by a rabbi, Johnny Cash said, 'I've been waiting 40 years for one of my daughters to marry a Jew.'"[10]


  1. ""Sunny Came Home" Wins Song of the Year". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  2. "Rosanne Cash Reflects on Grammy Wins Then and Now". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  3. "Grammy Awards 2017: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  4. Kim, Jae-Ha. "Go away with Rosanne Cash", Chicago Tribune, Chicago, January 7, 2014. Retrieved on January 12, 2014.
  5. "Americana Music Awards: The Winners". Country Music Television, Inc. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  6. "Winter Solstice". Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  7. "John Leventhal". Downtown Music Publishing. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  8. Verna, Paul. "Leventhal Juggles Record-Making Tasks As Writer, Arranger, Performer, Producer," Billboard, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 April 1999.
  9. Elder, Sean. "Bred in the Bone," Newsweek, March 26, 2014,
  10. Elder, Sean. "Bred in the Bone," Newsweek, March 26, 2014,
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