John Leventhal
Background information
Born (1952-12-18) December 18, 1952 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.

John Leventhal (born December 18, 1952) is a musician, producer, songwriter, and recording engineer who has produced albums for William Bell, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Michelle Branch, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, Shawn Colvin, Sarah Jarosz, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Joan Osborne, Loudon Wainwright III and The Wreckers. He has won six Grammy Awards.[1]


As a musician, he has worked with such artists 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 Fagen, Ry Cooder, and Johnny Cash.

As a songwriter, over 200 of his songs have been recorded by various artists, including Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Michelle Branch, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Vince Gill, George Strait, Shelby Lynne, Patty Loveless, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Cocker and William Bell.

In 1988, he produced and co-wrote Shawn Colvin’s Grammy winning debut album Steady On. He arranged and played multiple instruments on Marc Cohn's 1991 hit "Walking in Memphis". In 1998, he won a Grammy Award for Record and Song of the Year for producing and co-writing the song "Sunny Came Home"[2] (a 1997 hit for Colvin). Leventhal produced and co-wrote all of the songs on Rosanne Cash's 2014 release The River & the Thread. On February 8, 2015, The River & the Thread won three 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".[3]

He produced and co-wrote most of the songs on soul singer William Bell's 2016 Stax Records release This Is Where I Live, which won the 2017 Grammy for Americana Album of the Year. In 2018 Leventhal produced the song "Let My Mother Live", co-written with Marc Cohn and performed by The Blind Boys Of Alabama; the song was nominated for a Grammy for Best American Roots Performance. The song "Crossing To Jerusalem" written with Rosanne Cash was nominated for Best American Roots song for the 2019 Grammys.[4] Sarah Jarosz's album World on the Ground, produced by Leventhal, won the 2021 Grammy for Best Americana Album.[5]

Leventhal has produced albums that have been nominated for a total of 19 Grammy Awards.[citation needed]

In September 2015, Leventhal received the Americana Music Association's award for Instrumentalist of the Year.[6]

Leventhal also composed scores to the films Winter Solstice (2004) and Big Stone Gap (2014).[7]

John Leventhal's songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.[8]

Personal life

Leventhal lives with his wife Rosanne Cash and their children in New York City.[9]

Leventhal's mother was of Irish and Cuban descent, and his father was Jewish.[10] In 2014, Newsweek reported "Before [Leventhal and Cash] were married by a rabbi, Johnny Cash said, 'I've been waiting 40 years for one of my daughters to marry a Jew.'"[10]


  1. ^ "Artist: John Leventhal". Recording Academy. 2021. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  2. ^ ""Sunny Came Home" Wins Song of the Year". The Recording Academy. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "Rosanne Cash Reflects on Grammy Wins Then and Now". Rolling Stone. February 10, 2015. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Grammy Awards 2017: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Artist: Sarah Jarosz". Recording Academy. 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  6. ^ "Americana Music Awards: The Winners". Country Music Television, Inc. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "Winter Solstice". Retrieved January 26, 2010.
  8. ^ "John Leventhal". Downtown Music Publishing. Archived from the original on August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Verna, Paul (April 10, 1999). "Leventhal Juggles Record-Making Tasks As Writer, Arranger, Performer, Producer". Billboard. Cincinnati, Ohio.
  10. ^ a b Elder, Sean (March 26, 2014). "Bred in the Bone". Newsweek. Retrieved December 3, 2020.