Benny was born in New York City at the age of zero,  grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, then returned to New York to attend SUNY Purchase College, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Studio Production. After moving to Brooklyn, New York, he played drums and percussion for songwriters, bands,  and dozens of musicals, accompanied modern-dance classes, and taught drum students of all ages. 

In 2014, following two years of touring nationally with independent folk-rock band Swear and Shake, Benny moved to Nashville, Tennessee.