Jordan Edward Benjamin, known professionally as Grandson (stylized as "grandson") is a Canadian-American musician. He is best-known for his politically charged lyrics and music videos, and for his single "Blood//Water" which broke the Top 40 on multiple Billboard charts. He signed to RCA Records in 2017, and to Fueled by Ramen the following year.
Early life and career
Benjamin was raised in Toronto, Canada, after being born in New Jersey. He attended Northern Secondary School (Toronto). Grandson's musical inspirations include Rage Against the Machine, Bob Marley, Ray Charles, John Lennon and Nirvana. He briefly studied at McGill University, transferring to Concordia University in Montreal before dropping out to pursue a music career in Los Angeles in 2014.Describing the origin of his stagename, he told Lupinore:
"(My stage name originated from) a couple different things. In 2016, my grandfather passed away. He was a huge influence. He was the one that introduced me to Ray Charles, who's a huge influence of mine. So part of it is paying homage to him. And I wanted a name that felt nostalgic and relatable. We had been experimenting with street names, school names, and nothing really stuck. Then my manager called me one day really excited because he had had a dream the night before. He was side stage and I was performing, and the crowd was chanting 'grandson'. He called me and was like, 'I got the name.'"
Grandson signed to Fueled by Ramen in March of 2018. His first single on the label, "Blood//Water," charted on several Billboard charts, including the Rock Songs, Alternative Songs, and Mainstream Rock charts, as well as surpassing 22 million plays on Spotify alone. His debut EP, "A Modern Tragedy, Vol. 1" was released on June 15, 2018.