Born In: Bakersfield, California, United States
Jonathan Howsmon Davis, popularly known as ‘JD’ or ‘JDevil’, is an American musician and lead vocalist for the nu metal band ‘Korn’. His music is popular for being dark, addressing issues of abuse and emotional trauma, which is inspired by the terrible and abusive childhood that Davis had. He went through emotional, physical, mental and sexual atrocities when he was growing up—his parents got divorced when he was young, his stepmother tortured him, his family friend used to sexually abuse him and his high school peers outrageously bullied him for wearing different clothes, listening to different music so much so that they used to physically beat him. All of these scaring experiences he included in his music - making music a way to vent out his suppressed emotions. He was into DJing since he was in school, which only got developed into a passionate love for making music and he combined together a band called ‘Korn’ through which he became commercially popular. He is famous for his alternate image, his affliction with the dark side of life and his ability to express pain through music. He earned two 'Grammy Awards' out of eight nominations.
Nick Name: JD, JDevil
Also Known As: Jonathan Howsmon Davis, JDevil
Spouse/Ex-: Devon Davis, Renee Perez
father: Rick Davis
mother: Holly Chavez
siblings: Alyssa, Amanda Chavez, Mark Chavez
children: Nathan Houseman Davis, Pirate Houseman Davis, Zeppelin Howsmon Davis
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: German American, British American
City: Bakersfield, California
U.S. State: California
awards: 2012 - Audience Choice Award
Jonathan Davis was born on January 18, 1971, in Bakersfield, California, to Rick Davis and Holly Chavez. His father was a keyboardist for Buck Owens and Frank Zappa and his mother was an actress and a professional dancer.
When Davis was only 3 years old, his parents separated and he went with his father. As a child he suffered from acute asthma.
His first album with his band ‘Korn’ was released in 1994, titled ‘Korn’ under Immortal/Epic Records. The theme of the album was something close to Davis’ heart—child abuse and drugs. It peaked at seventy-two on the Billboard 200.
Korn’s fifth studio album ‘Untouchables’ released in 2002, and became an instant hit with the metal fans, which helped it in getting certified platinum. Apart from selling 5 million copies worldwide, its single ‘Here to Stay’ won a Grammy.
‘See You on the Other Side’ was released in 2005, under Virgin Records. It went platinum but the longtime guitarist of the band was not in it. Korn took the help of ‘The Matrix’ to give itself a more mainstream popularity.
Band’s 2007 released album was not given a title intentionally as Davis wanted his fans to call it whatever they wanted to call it. Certainly the gimmick worked out for them and the album was certified gold.
He was married to Renee Perez from 1998-2001 and has a son with her, Nathan. He was married for the second time to a former pornographic actress Deven Davis in 2004. They have two sons together - Pirate and Zeppelin. Deven Davis dies of combined drug intoxication from heroin on August 17, 2018.
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