Ben Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), also better known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly known as Professor Macklemore, is an American singer and musician of Irish descent. Macklemore works with Ryan Lewis (producer), Andrew Joslyn (violin) and Owuor Arunga (trumpet). Haggerty has been releasing music independently since 2000, and has since gained a significant online fanbase. He has released one mixtape, three EPs and two albums without major label support. His music video “Thrift Shop” has been viewed on YouTube more than 100 million times, and reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, selling more than 2.2 million copies.
Macklemore released his debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which charted No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 charts, selling 78,000 copies in the first week.