The guitar is one of the world’s most popular and most appreciated musical instrument. It is certainly a very important instrument in American music which cuts across several genres, from country to R&B to hip-hop. It is arguably the greatest instrument ever invented such that its best players over the course of history are honored by several notable magazines, like Rolling Stone. One of its accomplished players is Benji Madden, who happens to be the lead guitarist and producer of the popular band, Good Charlotte and a member of the family rock group, The Madden Brothers. Who is Benji Madden? Learn more about him by reading below.
Who is Benji Madden?
The guitar might have just six strings but the ability to manipulate those strings to the delight of millions is capable of elevating a person to cult status with massive financial rewards and that is what Benji Madden has achieved. It is a skill he acquired since he was the age of 16.
Madden was born Benjamin Levi Combs to parents Roger Combs and Robin Madden on the 11th of March 1979. He was born in Waldorf, Maryland as one-half of twins born to his parents. He has an older brother named Josh and a younger sister named Sarah. For the first 16 years of his life, things were going on smoothly until his father left his mother, Robin Madden, to raise all four children.
With his mother’s hard work, Benji Madden still managed to complete his high school education, graduating from La Plata High School along with his siblings with whom he developed a closer relationship as a result of their collective experience of abandonment. He developed an affinity for the guitar and began to perform at the age of 16, using the little proceeds he got to support his mother.
The close relationship between him and his siblings bore fruit when he and his twin brother, Joel Madden formed a band called Good Charlotte in 1996 when he was just 17 years old. The band started with the two brothers and eventually grew to include Paul Thomas who was the bassist, Billy Martin who played the keyboard and Dean Butterworth who is the drummer. Benji became the leader of the band as the songwriter, vocalist, and producer.
The band released its first album, Good Charlotte in 2000. Since their first album, the band has released a total of seven studio albums. As the songwriter of the band, Benji has lent his talents to musical acts such as Hilary Duff whom he helped produce her 2005 album, Most Wanted. He has also worked as a backup vocalist for acts like Sean Kingston, Chamillionaire, Berzerk and a few others. Benji Madden’s diverse musical interests have also led him to collaborate with artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Wiz Khalifa, and a couple others.
He and his brother, Joel also have a two-man band named The Madden Brother which was formed in 2014. The band has released one album till date, a 2014 album titled Greetings from California. They also have a mixtape, Before – Volume One, which was released in 2011. Outside of their band, the brothers have worked as coaches on The Voice Kids Australia and the adult version, The Voice Australia.
Out of his music, Benji Madden has also proven to be a competent fighter having fought and defeated Riki Rachtman in a fight event hosted by professional MMA fighter, Jason Ellis. He is also an entrepreneur who started a clothing line, Made Clothing. Although the initial iteration of the company failed, the company was named as DCMA Collective and it is under the management of his older brother, Josh. Benji also runs an artist management company named MDDN.
Who is His Wife – Cameron Diaz? Everything You Need to Know About Her
Like a thief in the night, Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz announced their marriage on the 5th of January 2015. While the world went to sleep, with the simple knowledge that Cameron and Benji were in a relationship that started in May 2014 after Madden split from his fiancée, Sophie Monk, the world woke up to news of their marriage on the 5th of January. It was a simple ceremony that happened in their Beverly Hills home.
Benji Madden’s wife, Cameron Diaz is a notable actress who is known for several popular films such as The Mask, There’s Something About Mary and others. She is one of the highest grossing film stars in the world with box office success over $7 billion.