Moving from one sector to another within the entertainment industry is hard work. But having two careers within the same entertainment subcategory is relatively unknown. But Jonathan Davis makes it easy. He leads a somewhat split personality; first as singer and frontman of the infamous metal band Korn, and then as a very successful disc jockey under the name JDevil.
Jonathan comes from a family of musicians, and as an adolescent, he was strongly influenced and inspired by musicals and artists like Duran Duran. The musical icon had released over 15 albums with many award-winning titles, which certainly established him as a metal music hall of Famer.
Jonathan Davis’ Bio, Age
The musician was born on January 18, 1971, as Jonathan Howsmon Davis. His story begins in Bakersfield, California, his birthplace, where he enrolled and studied at Highland High School. Davis experienced first-hand the disparagement of bullies who often beat him up physically and verbally. This was mainly because he did not fit in, partly because of his taste in music and choice of fashion. After graduating high school in 1989, he was not employed by Toys R Us for long. He also attended the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science for a short time.
Jonathan Davis’ music career began with Kornin in 1994, when the metal band released their debut project of the same name. With their third and fourth studio albums Follow the Leader (1998) and Issues (1999) they finally gained mainstream traction. Both projects were at the top of the Billboard 200 when they were released.
Since then, Jonathan Davis’ Korn has released numerous projects that have topped the charts, including Untouchables (2002), See You on the Other Side (2005), The Paradigm Shift (2013), and The Serenity of Suffering (2016). The group sold more than 35 million albums in 2012, and in 2018, twelve of their Grammy-winning albums made it into the top 10 of the Billboard 200, and seven of these albums were awarded platinum by the RIAA.
Davis didn’t really start thinking about a solo career until 2007 when he formed his band. His first attempt was a band he called Jonathan Davis and the SFA. The group disbanded seven years later after the death of their guitarist.
Three years after the tragedy, in 2017, Jonathan Davis revived his solo career and began planning tours and festival appearances for 2018. On May 25, 2018, the Korn frontman officially released his first solo studio album, Black Labyrinth, under the patronage of Sumerian Records.
Jonathan Davis has always been a disc jockey since his time in high school, more precisely since 1987. He developed his craft and performed at parties and local events. He named his DJ alter ego JDevil by combining the initials of his own name (JD) with “Devil”.
Davis took a break from DJing but returned in 2009. Finally, he gave birth to JDevil in 2011, when he opened for Korn’s Path of Totality album tour. JDevil’s performance and style have been described as characterized by chaos and disorder. He has also performed at several prominent venues, including the Comcast Center (Hyannis, Massachusetts), Lizard Lounge (Dallas, Texas), and The Junkyard (Nashua, New Hampshire).
Many of Jonathan David’s texts were inspired by real-life experiences. Songs such as “Daddy”, “Starting Over”, “Hold On”, “Kill You” and “Faget” follow themes of illness, bullying, child abuse, and rape that he had experienced in his youth.
Jonathan Davis’ Family – Parents, Siblings, Brother, Wife, Kids
The music and entertainment genes of the cult singer are deeply rooted. His mother Holly Marie Chavez and his father Ricky Duane Chavez were both active in the entertainment world. Jonathan is the first child from this relationship. Hollie was an actress and dancer, while his father was a keyboardist for legendary country musician Buck Owens and infamous composer Frank Zappa. Jonathan’s mother Holly died in February 2018.
Jonathan has a biological sister, Alyssa Marie Davis, who was born three years after him. When his parents separated right after Alyssa was born, Jonathan moved in with his father and the woman he was remarried to, but the relationship did not last long, and they eventually separated after the woman continued to abuse and torture Jonathan. From his mother’s later relationship, Jonathan has two stepbrothers and stepsisters. A half-sister, Amanda, and a half-brother, Mark Chavez. Mark is also a musician and the frontman of the Nu-Metal music group Adema.
The singer has followed in his parents’ footsteps and has more than one marriage behind him. On November 28, 1998, he married his first wife and high school girlfriend, Renee Perez. The couple divorced in 2000 but had given birth to a son, Nathan Howsmon Davis, in 1995, three years before they married.
On his next walk to the altar, Jonathan made his covenant with Deven Davis in 2004. Deven, a former famous adult actress, and Jonathan had their first child Pirate Howsmon Davis in March 2005 and their second Zeppelin Howsmon Davis in April 2017.
The singer was married to Deven until she died in August 2018. She had struggled for a decade with a mental illness and long-term side effects of alcohol, drug, and gambling addiction. Jonathan filed a restraining order against her after hearing that she had checked out of rehab a week before she was found dead.
Is Jonathan Davis Gay?
Davis was bullied in his high school days for many reasons, including his tendency to wear eyeliner. He suffered a lot of homophobic abuse from students, and many teachers could not hide their contempt for him. He is a strong and vocal supporter of LGBT rights. However, Davis has stated that he is not a clandestine homosexual.
The metal headstands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches, which corresponds to 189 cm.