Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis 2016.jpg
Davis performing with Korn in June 2016
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Howsmon Davis
Also known as
  • JD
  • JDevil
  • J Devil
Born (1971-01-18) January 18, 1971 (age 48)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • producer
  • actor
Instruments
Years active1987–present
Labels
Associated acts

Jonathan Howsmon Davis (born January 18, 1971), also known as JD,[1] JDevil, or J Devil, is an American singer and musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

Early life

Jonathan Howsmon Davis[2][3] was born in Bakersfield, California, on January 18, 1971, the son of Holly Marie (née Smith; born May 6, 1949) Chavez and Ricky Duane "Rick" Davis (born December 14, 1948). His parents married on February 27, 1970. He is of English, German, Scottish, and Welsh descent.[4][5] He has a sister, Alyssa Marie Davis (born February 8, 1974), a half-brother, Mark Chavez[6] (lead singer of Adema; born November 15, 1978), and a half-sister, Amanda Chavez (born July 31, 1981), by his mother.[7] His father was a keyboardist for Buck Owens and Frank Zappa, while his mother was a professional actress and dancer.[8] His parents divorced when he was three years old and he was raised by his father and former stepmother in Bakersfield.[8]

Davis suffered severe bouts of asthma as a child,[9] and survived a near-fatal asthma attack when he was five years old. He also spoke of having a horrible relationship with his former stepmother.[10][11][12] He said she used to harass and torture him; she gave him tea mixed with Thai hot oil and jalapeño juice to drink when he was sick, locked him in cabinets, and put cigarette burns on his arms.[10][dead link] Though she was later divorced by Davis' father, the Korn song "Kill You" was nonetheless written about her.[11][10][12] Davis has said that his earliest musical inspiration as a child was the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and his favorite musical group was Duran Duran.[13] He graduated from Highland High School in 1989, and worked at Toys R Us shortly after. He also attended the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science for a period of time. He was persistently harassed in Highland High School for wearing eyeliner, long clothes, and listening to new wave music.[13][14] He was constantly called homophobic names, [13] which later inspired the Korn song "Faget".[15] Davis' "HIV" tattoo on his upper left arm was also inspired by his experience of being bullied. He says even teachers were mean to him and sent him to the counselor for wearing eyeliner.[10][dead link]

Other Languages
aragonés: Jonathan Davis
български: Джонатан Дейвис
čeština: Jonathan Davis
español: Jonathan Davis
français: Jonathan Davis
hrvatski: Jonathan Davis
Bahasa Indonesia: Jonathan Davis
italiano: Jonathan Davis
Nederlands: Jonathan Davis
português: Jonathan Davis
slovenščina: Jonathan Davis
српски / srpski: Џонатан Дејвис
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Jonathan Davis
Türkçe: Jonathan Davis
українська: Джонатан Девіс