Grandson (musician)

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Birth nameJordan Edward Benjamin
Born (1993-10-25) October 25, 1993 (age 25)
New Jersey
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Jordan Edward Benjamin,[1][2] known professionally as grandson,[3] is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and musician currently signed to Fueled by Ramen. He released his major label debut EP, A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1, in June 2018 and released the follow-up, A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2 in February 2019. The initial EP featured the single, "Blood // Water," which appeared on several Billboard charts in the United States and Canada.

Early life and education[edit]

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]


Benjamin began releasing music under the pseudonym, 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. 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][10] He released his first EP on Fueled by Ramen, A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1, in June 2018.[10][11] That album also featured the song "6:00" which discussed police brutality.[12]

Throughout 2018, Grandson toured with acts like Hobo Johnson, Joywave, Nothing But Thieves,[11][12][13] Smashing Pumpkins,[14] and Young the Giant.[2][15] He also appeared on an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers in August 2018, performing "Blood // Water."[16] In February 2019, he released a new single, "Apologize," and announced that his second EP, A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2, would be released on February 22, 2019.[5][17]



List of EPs with selected album details
Title Details
A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1
A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2


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




"Bills" 2016 Non-album single
"Bury Me Face Down"
"Best Friends" 2017
"Kiss Bang"
"Thoughts & Prayers" 2018
"Blood // Water" 19 20 19 17 A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1
"Apologize" 2019 27 A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c "The musician, the movement: grandson". Lupinore. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b c d Pelletier, Jeff (14 February 2019). "Grandson turns rage into inclusive blend of rock". The Charlatan. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Moshenski-Dubov, George (13 July 2017). "Grandson goes beyond the melody". The Varsity. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b 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" (in French). Vice. 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. ^ a b Darus, Alex (4 June 2018). "Grandson announces politically charged EP, drops music video for "Blood // Water"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b White, Logan (5 June 2018). "grandson announces new EP 'modern tragedy vol.1' and releases new song "Blood // Water"". Substream. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  12. ^ a b Weatherby, Taylor (28 September 2018). "Grandson Tackles Police Brutality Controversy With Intense '6:00' Video: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  13. ^ Moshenski-Dubov, George (17 June 2018). "In conversation with grandson". The Varsity. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  14. ^ Scott, Kate (26 December 2018). "The Nights We Stole Christmas w/Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, and more!". Substream Magazine. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  15. ^ Kamaraj, Chandana (5 December 2018). "Young the Giant Hits Home with Audience, Produces More Mature Album". The University Times. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Taylor, Sam (5 February 2019). "grandson has announced a new EP, 'a modern tragedy vol. 2'". Upset. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Grandson - Chart History - Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Grandson - Chart History - Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Grandson - Chart History - Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Grandson - Chart History - Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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