Brendan Benson is a Michigan-born songwriter who resides on the rock end of the power pop scale. He debuted in 1996 with One Mississippi at the age of 25. Jason Falkner of Jellyfish and The Grays co-wrote and produced the first version of the record which was rejected by the label so Brendan went back into the studio with Ethan Johns. The album received critical acclaim and is often cited by musicians as an influence. One Mississippi was later reissued digitally and included six original four-track demos. These songs were previously released on Brendan’s Readymade Records, as the limited edition vinyl-only Wellfed Boy EP.
Having parted ways with Virgin, Brendan released fan favorite Lapalco (2002) on Isaac Green’s Startime International. He toured worldwide behind the release. Brendan returned to the majors in 2005 with The Alternative to Love (v2). With “What I’m Looking For” featured in a commercial, Brendan’s fan base expanded. The record included “Cold Hands (Warm Heart), which has become a cult classic. Brendan joined Jack White in forming the Raconteurs. The group released the albums Broken Boy Soldiers (2006) and Consolers of the Lonely (2008), and scored a number one single with "Steady as She Goes," on the modern rock charts. He also served as a producer on the albums which went on to international accolades, among which are:
Broken Boy Soldiers - Certified Gold, 2006 Mojo Magazine Album of the Year, 2007 Brit Award International Break-Through Artist Nominee, 2007 Grammy Rock Performance Nominee; Consolers of the Lonely - Certified Gold, 2009 CMA Musical Event Nominee ("Old Enough"), 2009 Grammy Best Rock Album Nominee.
Brendan returned to his solo career in 2009 with My Old Familiar Friend, his fourth album, on ATO Records. The album debuted at No. 110 on the Billboard Top 200 boosted by the single “A Whole Lot Better.” In 2012, Brendan released What Kind of World. Featuring the single "Bad for Me," Brendan’s fantasy label Readymade Records became a reality. It peaked at No. 7 on the UK Indie Album chart the week of release.
Following the birth of his first child, Brendan moved away from his own recording to focus on producing music for Robyn Hitchcock, Leigh Nash, Young The Giant, Eric Burdon and others, as well as writing with Jake Bugg, Ashley Monroe, Nick Lowe, The Kooks and more. The Raconteurs “Many Shades of Black” was recorded by Adele.
In 2013, while awaiting the birth of his second child, Brendan released You Were Right.
Now, 2017 sees the return of Brendan Benson, the solo artist. His first single "Half A Boy (Half A Man)" from a yet-to-be-titled upcoming album, will be released digitally through Readymade Records and Absolute Label Services (UK). Brendan says, “After writing and producing other people's music for some time now, it's really gratifying to be doing my own thing. I feel like a kid again. Like half a boy and half a man."