Benji Madden

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Benji Madden
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Levi Combs
Born (1979-03-11) March 11, 1979 (age 40)
Waldorf, Maryland, U.S.
Origin La Plata, Maryland, U.S.
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • bass
  • piano
Years active1995–present
Associated acts

Benjamin Levi Madden ( Combs; born March 11, 1979) is an American guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. He is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the band Good Charlotte, as well as pop rock collaboration The Madden Brothers. He formed both of these acts with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden. Benji was a coach on The Voice Australia from 2015-16 with his brother Joel.

Good Charlotte American alternative rock band

Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland, that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist and vocalist Benji Madden, bassist Paul Thomas, guitarist and keyboardist Billy Martin, while drummer Dean Butterworth has been a member of the band since 2005. After a four-year-long hiatus, the band announced its comeback on November 3, 2015. The band has released seven studio albums: Good Charlotte (2000), The Young and the Hopeless (2002), The Chronicles of Life and Death (2004), Good Morning Revival (2007), Cardiology (2010),Youth Authority (2016), and Generation Rx (2018). as well as two compilations: Greatest Remixes (2008) and Greatest Hits (2010).

The Madden Brothers

The Madden Brothers are an American pop rock duo made up of twin brothers Joel Madden and Benji Madden, both of whom are also founding members of the rock band Good Charlotte.

Joel Madden American musician

Joel Rueben Madden is the lead vocalist for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte, as well as a record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He is also part of the pop rock collaboration The Madden Brothers with his twin brother Benji Madden.


Early life

Madden was born Benjamin Levi Combs on March 11, 1979, in Waldorf, Maryland, to Robin Madden and Roger Combs. [1] [2] He has an identical twin, Joel Madden, with whom he formed the band Good Charlotte. [1] He has an older brother named Josh and a younger sister, Sarah. All attended La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland. [2]

Waldorf, Maryland Census-designated place in Maryland, United States

Waldorf is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Charles County, Maryland, United States. It is 23 miles (37 km) south-southeast of Washington, D.C. The population of the census-designated area was 67,752 at the 2010 census. Waldorf was settled before 1900 as a rural crossroads with a train station and was called "Beantown" after a local family.

La Plata High School

La Plata High School is part of the Charles County Public Schools and is located in La Plata, Maryland, United States. The current school was built in 1979. Before that, it was in the building which now holds Milton M. Somers Middle School.

La Plata, Maryland Town in Maryland, United States

La Plata is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. The population was 8,753 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Charles County.


Madden started the fashion line called Made Clothing, along with his brothers Joel and Josh, but the line became defunct. In early 2006, it became DCMA Collective. A DCMA Collective store opened in Los Angeles on March 15, 2008, but later closed.

DCMA Collective

DCMA Collective is an American "lifestyle brand" clothing company owned by Benji and Joel Madden, from the band Good Charlotte, their older brother Josh Madden and friend Tal Cooperman.

In 1996 Madden started a band with his twin brother Joel named Good Charlotte. The band still tours.

While still playing in Good Charlotte, Madden and Joel wrote and produced for other artists. Madden was a co-writer and co-producer of some of the songs on Hilary Duff's Most Wanted (2005) compilation album. He later helped write the songs "Amnesia" for pop rockers 5 Seconds of Summer and "No Ordinary Girl" for pop artist Kalin and Myles. He has appeared as a back-up vocalist for artists such as MxPx, Kill Hannah, Apoptygma Berzerk, Mest, The 69 Eyes, Sean Kingston, Three 6 Mafia, Chamillionaire, and Matisyahu. [3] As of September 2009 Madden has guest played in the band Taintstick, led by radio talk show host, professional MMA fighter, and pro skateboarder, Jason Ellis.

Hilary Duff American actress and singer

Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and author. Duff began her acting career at a young age and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the hit Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004) and in the theatrical film based on the series, The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003). Thereafter, Duff appeared in numerous films, with leading roles in Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005). After experiencing commercial and critical failure in Material Girls (2006), Duff began appearing in independent films such as War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009), and The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019). She also was an executive producer on the latter two films. Since 2015, she has starred as Kelsey Peters on the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger, for which she has received nominations for People's Choice Awards in 2016 and 2017.

<i>Most Wanted</i> (Hilary Duff album) 2005 compilation album by Hilary Duff

Most Wanted is the first compilation album of American singer Hilary Duff. It was released on August 10, 2005, by Hollywood Records. The album comprises ten previously released tracks, and three new recordings: "Wake Up", "Beat of My Heart", and "Break My Heart". A deluxe edition of the album, subtitled The Collector's Signature Edition, was also released, containing additional remixes and another new recording "Supergirl". At first, Duff was concerned about the reaction of fans to the new songs, since they carry a "totally different sound" and are more dance-oriented than her previous music.

Amnesia (5 Seconds of Summer song) 5 Seconds of Summer song

"Amnesia" is a song by Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, taken from their self-titled debut album 5 Seconds of Summer (2014). The mellow pop rock slow jam was announced as a new single during a live stream by the band on 1 July 2014, and was released to American contemporary hit radio as the third single from the album on 15 July 2014.

On April 3, 2010, Madden took part in a boxing match against MTV and VH1 host Riki Rachtman at Ellismania 5: Get These Brawls. The event was hosted by Jason Ellis at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Madden beat Rachtman by knockout at 1 minute and 42 seconds into the first round. [4]

MTV American pay television channel

MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.

VH1 American cable television network

VH1 is an American pay television network based in New York City owned by Viacom. It was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and the original owner of MTV, and launched on January 1, 1985, in the former space of Turner Broadcasting System's short-lived Cable Music Channel.

Riki Rachtman American radio personality

David Alan "Riki" Rachtman is an American television and radio personality.

On November 11, 2011, Madden and his brother Joel Madden released a free mix-tape, "The Madden Brothers: Before Volume 1". It contains new artists the brothers were personally interested in. Their brother Josh Madden helped to produce the mix-tape. then Unknown Rappers, Machine Gun Kelly, Rockie Fresh, Kreayshawn, Cassie Veggies, HXLT, and Wiz Khalifa all appeared on the mix-tape.

Madden on stage with Good Charlotte Benjimadden.JPG
Madden on stage with Good Charlotte

In 2012, Benji appeared on the TV show The Voice Australia , alongside Joel as joint mentor-judges.

In early 2013, Benji helped write Tonight Alive's song "Breakdown". He sang back-up vocals at the end of the song and made an appearance in the video.

In 2014, electronic dance music artist TJR released his track "Come Back Down", which features Benji on the track's vocals. The Madden Brothers recording "Greetings from California" was released on September 16, 2014.

In mid-2014, both of the Madden brothers appeared as coaches on The Voice Kids Australia in a double chair, after the example of the Dutch The Voice of Holland and The Voice Kids (Netherlands season 1) edition in which the singer's duo Nick & Simon appeared as a judging duo between 2010 and 2015. In early 2015, Benji joined Joel as a coach on the main edition of The Voice, bringing the number of coaches up to five.

In 2015 Madden and his two brothers formally started their company MDDN, of which Benji is CEO, offering artist management, artist development and creative services. The company gained success quickly with the brothers taking management of Jessie J, Sleeping with Sirens, Hollywood Undead, Waterparks, Antiflag, Chase Atlantic, K Camp, Architects and more.

Personal life

Madden lives in Beverly Hills, California, with his wife, Cameron Diaz.

In January 2008, media outlets reported that Madden and his long-time fiancée, Australian starlet Sophie Monk, had split up. [5] In response to the rumors, Good Charlotte's rep told Us Weekly : "Benji Madden and Sophie Monk are together and very happy." However, in mid-February it was officially announced by Monk's Sydney agent, that "Sophie and Benji have officially split. The decision was mutual and they remain amicable." [6]

Madden began dating actress Cameron Diaz in May 2014. The two were unofficially engaged before Christmas Day in 2014 [7] and were spontaneously married on January 5, 2015 [8] in a Jewish ceremony, at their Beverly Hills home. [9]

He has many tattoos, including a tattoo of Benjamin Franklin, which covers his entire back. [10]

Madden is an avid MMA and boxing fan. He has competed in several amateur fights since 2010. Growing up in Maryland, Madden and his brother became big fans of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins. He has the Orioles O's tattooed by his ear. He owns a Bengal cat named Danzig and has a collection of both new and old cars, including a Porsche 911, 1964 Chevrolet Impala, Lamborghinis, Audi R8, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a 1963 Ford Galaxie.


With Good Charlotte

With The Madden Brothers

Vocal appearances

2001"Let's Go" X-Ecutioners
2002"January" Goldfinger Open Your Eyes
2003"Jaded (These Years)" Mest Mest
"It's Alright" MxPx Before Everything & After
"On the Outs"
2004"Are You Ready?" Hazen Street Hazen Street
"All That"
"Last Train Home" Lostprophets Start Something
"Jump" N.E.R.D Fly or Die
2007"Tightly Wound" MxPx Secret Weapon
"Sex Without Love" Ben Lee Ripe
2008"My Own Way" Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk
2009"Apollo (Live on Your TV)" Apoptygma Berzerk Rocket Science
"Darkness into Light" Matisyahu Light
"Dead N' Gone" The 69 Eyes Back in Blood
"Shoulda Let U Go" Sean Kingston Tomorrow
"Snowblinded" Kill Hannah Wake Up the Sleepers
2013"Breakdown" Tonight Alive
2014"Come Back Down" TJR [12]



2001 Not Another Teen Movie Prom band member
2006 Live Freaky Die Freaky Interrogator #1Voice only
Material Girls Mistaken valet #2
Fast Future Generation Himself
2007 Punk's Not Dead
2008 Paris, Not France
20096 Beers of Separation


2004 Punk'd Himself1 episode
2009 Australian Idol Himself (guest judge)2 episodes
2011 The Electric Company Himself
2014 The Voice Kids Himself (coach)All episodes
2015-2016 The Voice Australia

Music videos

See also

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