Who is Benj Heard? Benj Heard is a multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and producer based in Nashville, TN. His sound draws from a diverse range of influences including contemporary R&B, hip hop, gospel, and pop. He has written and produced for some of the biggest names in music including Rihanna, T.I., Fifth Harmony, and more. He has been featured on major TV shows such as The Voice and American Idol. Early Life & Career Heard was born and raised in Chicago, IL and began singing and playing piano at an early age. He developed an ear for music while taking part in his church choir and school productions. After high school, he attended The University of Southern California where he studied music production. It was during this time that he discovered his love for producing and writing songs. He then moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry. Accomplishments & Awards Heard has had success working with some of the biggest names in music. He has co-written two platinum singles for Rihanna as well as songs for Fifth Harmony, T.I., and more. His work has been featured on major TV shows such as The Voice and American Idol. His songwriting has earned him two BMI awards for “Best Pop Song” and “Best R&B/Hip Hop Song” as well as a Grammy nomination for “Best R&B Album” for his work on Rihanna's album Unapologetic (2012). Influences & Style Heard draws influence from a wide range of musical genres including R&B, hip hop, gospel, and pop. His style is characterized by catchy melodies, intricate chord progressions, and soulful vocal performances. He often incorporates elements of gospel music into his songs which gives them a unique feel that sets him apart from other producers and writers in the industry. Discography Heard has released several singles as well as producing albums for various artists. His most recent release is a five-track EP titled Chasing Dreams (2020). The EP features collaborations with top artists such as T.I., Fifth Harmony, and more. He is currently working on his debut solo album which is due to be released later this year.