Yonatan Watts

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BornJanuary 5, 1989
Toronto, Canada
  • Record producer
  • Singer
  • Songwriter

Yonatan Jamel Watts (born January 5, 1989), known professionally as Yonatan Watts, is a Canadian record producer[1], singer, and songwriter. Watts has co-produced records such as "Main Thing" by American singer Ariana Grande, “GLE” by American rapper Desiigner, “Weak all Week” by American singer Eric Bellinger.[2][3] He is also known for his collaborations with Babyface (musician), Murda Beatz, and Bizness boi.

Early life

Yonatan Jamel Watts was born January 5, 1989, in Toronto, Canada. [2]

He grew up with three other siblings. He moved to New York City in his early twenties, where he began working for recording studio Platinum Sounds.[4]


Music Production

Watts started recording acts such as Trinidad James, Tristan Wilds, Maino, Dreamdoll,[5] and Free from 106 & Park while working with New York-based music manager DJ Self|DJ self. Gradually, he started a joint partnership with the recording studio called Invite Only.[6] He later began to work with artists on major labels such as Universal Music Group,[7] Republic Records,[6] Def Jam Recordings, and The Walt Disney Company.[8]

Eventually, he was able to build a relationship with these artists and began recording Ari Lennox's award winning debut album Shea Butter Baby.[6] Watts also had the opportunity to work with Smokepurpp and Kim Viera.[6]

He started to work with producers like Rodney Jerkins and Babyface (musician).[4] Watts subsequently moved to Los Angeles.[4]

Watts went on to work on Ariana Grande's Billboard #1 album in 2021, Positions (album), as well as work with other artists such as Agnez Mo, Desiigner, Eric Bellinger, and on NBA basketball player Damian Lillard's debut album.[6]

Production Discography

Song Placements[9]
Title Year Album
"Main Thing" by Ariana Grande 2021 Positions (Deluxe)
"Harder Then Them" by Maino 2015
"Bestie" by Dame D.O.L.L.A. 2019 Big D.O.L.L.A.
"Don't Go" by In Real Life 2019 She Do
"EGO" by Just Chase 2017
"Pretty Brown Eyes" by 11:11 2018
"Coconut Water" by Nia Sultana 2019
"Material" by Eric Bellinger 2019 Cuffing Season 3
"Weak All Week" by Eric Bellinger 2020 Eric B. for President Term 3


Watts is also a singer and songwriter.[10] He was on Season 5 of Canadian Idol at the age of 18 and made it to the duets stage.[11]


  1. "Yonatan Watts is Canada's next super producer". OnThaRizeMag. 2021-03-27. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jessie. "Interview: Producer Yonatan Watts talks early inspirations, working Ariana Grande & Eric Bellinger, and more". Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  3. Armin (2021-04-04). "Yonatan Watts Is Taking The Industry By Storm". kazimagazine.com. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Stories, Local. "Meet Yonatan Watts' - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide". voyagela.com. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  5. "Behind the Scenes with Canadian Record Producer Yonatan Watts". Home of Hip Hop Videos & Rap Music, News, Video, Mixtapes & more. 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "Producer Highlight: Yonatan Watts Discusses His Journey In Music". Hip Hop Weekly. 2021-04-01. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  7. "Positions (Deluxe) by Ariana Grande - Universal Music Publishing Group". www.umusicpub.com. Retrieved 2021-05-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Meet Yonatan Watts: The Talented Producer Behind Many of Your Favorite Musical Hits". Thisis50. 2021-05-10. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  9. "Yonatan Watts". Genius. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  10. Cantor, Avi (2021-03-27). "Meet Yonatan Watts: the multi-talented producer behind your favorite artists". REMIXD Magazine. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  11. "Yonatan Watts is Canada's next super producer". OnThaRizeMag. 2021-03-27. Retrieved 2021-05-27.

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