John Leventhal

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John Leventhal
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Background information
Born (1952-12-18) December 18, 1952 (age 63)
New York City, New York United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Musician,
Record producer
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, keyboard instruments, drums, Audio engineer
Associated acts Rosanne Cash

John Leventhal (born December 18, 1952) is a 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.

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 Fagan, and Johnny Cash.

As a songwriter he has had over 150 songs recorded by various artists. In 1998 he won a Grammy Award for Record and Song of the year for producing and co-writing the song "Sunny Came Home" (a 1997 hit for Colvin). Albums he has produced have been nominated for a total of 14 Grammy Awards.[1] In 2005 he composed the score for the film Winter Solstice.[2] Leventhal produced and co-wrote all of the songs on Rosanne Cash's 2014 release, The River & the Thread.[3] On 8 February 2015, The River & the Thread won 3 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. In September 2015 Leventhal received the Americana Music Association's award for Instrumentalist Of The Year.

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

Leventhal lives with his wife Rosanne Cash and their children in New York City.[4]


  1. ^ "AllMusic". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Winter Solstice". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  3. ^ Kim, Jae-Ha. "Go away with Rosanne Cash", Chicago Tribune, Chicago, January 7, 2014. Retrieved on January 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Verna, Paul. "Leventhal Juggles Record-Making Tasks As Writer, Arranger, Performer, Producer," Billboard, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 April 1999.

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