Korn Frontman Jonathan Davis Turns 40 Today
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis turns 40 Today. Davis was born in 1971 in Bakersfield, California to parents Rick Davis and Holly Chavez. Rick played keyboards for Buck Owens and Frank Zappa, while Holly was an actress and dancer. After his parents divorced when he was three, Jonathan lived with his father and stepmother, with whom Jonathan did not have a good relationship.
Davis attended mortuary school and worked as a mortician for a while after graduating from high school. He told Pulse Of Radio he’d still be in that line of work today if he wasn’t in a band:
Jonathan Davis was the last member to join Korn in 1993. He was fronting a band called Sexart when Korn guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch came to watch him for a few minutes and stayed for the entire set. Bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu called a few days later and asked him to join the band.
Korn’s self-titled debut album was released in 1994 and went on to sell more than two million copies. Each of its next four records, including 1996’s Life Is Peachy, 1998’s Follow The Leader, 1999’s Issues and 2002’s Untouchables went multi-platinum. Davis became an iconic frontman of the so-called “nu-metal” genre, wearing either Adidas tracksuits or Scottish kilts onstage, and often playing the bagpipe.
Korn’s latest album, Korn III – Remember Who You Are, came out last year. Davis, Arvizu and Shaffer are the band’s remaining original members.
Davis’ lyrics are often fueled by hate and anger, and he told Pulse Of Radio a few years back that he always has a steady supply of both:
DID YOU KNOW?
Jonathan Davis has married twice, first to high school sweetheart Renee Perez in 1998, and then to porn star Deven Davis in 2004. He has three sons, Nathan, Pirate and Zeppelin.
The singer has been clean and sober since August 22nd, 1998.
He has acted in three independent films, taking the lead as the villain in a horror movie called Sin-Jin Smyth. Although he reported that he was working on a screenplay with horror writer Clive Barker, the project never surfaced.
Davis often performs with a microphone stand designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who won an Oscar for designing the monster in the movie Alien.