Once upon a time, Jonathan Davis was just an odd young man dealing with abusive relatives as well as vicious bullying from his peers. His coping mechanism of choice was music and he soon dived into it with all his heart. These days, Davis is one of the most popular rock stars in the world. He is the lead vocalist and frontman of the famous nu-metal band – Korn. Under his watch, the band has dropped multiple platinum-certified albums and has helped to popularize the nu-metal genre.
Jonathan Davis Bio (Age)
Jonathan Howsmon Davis was born on the 18th of January 1971 in Bakersfield, California. He has English, German, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Davis grew up in Bakersfield and endured a tough childhood. He was asthmatic as a child and suffered an almost-fatal attack when he was just five. The musician also had a stepmother who was emotionally and physically abusive. Davis’ woes did not stop at this. He was sexually abused by a female family friend and his Goth looks, complete with heavy eyeliner, made him a regular target for bullies. The young Davis thus sought solace in music and channeled all his pent-up anger and frustration in his lyrics.
Jonathan Davis obtained his high school diploma from High Land High School in 1989. He thereafter attended the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science where he worked as an assistant coroner and undertaker. During his time there, he met a psychic who predicted that he would be a famous rock star one day.
Jonathan Davis’ Net Worth
Jonathon Davis has a net worth estimated at a whopping $45 million. His handsome fortune stems from his career earnings over the years. The rock star commenced his music career as a DJ back in high school. After high school, he got a regular job whilst still pursuing his music on the side.
Davis got his first breakthrough when he joined metal band, Sex Art, as their frontman. Even though the group did not record much success, it showcased Davis’ talent and he soon attracted offers from several aspiring musicals. One of them was the metal band, L.A.P.D., which recruited Davis into its folds. The band (originally comprising of three members) also recruited Brian Welch and together, they formed Korn in 1993.
Korn dropped their self-titled debut album in 1994. The album, as well as their second effort – Life is Peachy, only recorded minimal success. The band finally scored a major hit with their third album, Follow the Leader, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200. Since this mainstream success, Korn has gone on to release no less than ten albums; two of these albums have been certified double platinum, one – triple platinum and one – five times platinum. The group has also sold over 35 million records worldwide and has nabbed numerous awards.
Jonathan Davis has also enjoyed a successful solo career. He has released two live albums with his personal band, SFA (Simply Fucking Awesome). He also dropped his debut solo album, Black Labyrinth, in 2018.
About His Wife and Kids
Jonathan Davis has been married on two occasions. His first marriage was to his high school sweetheart, Renee Perez, in November 1998. The couple had initially welcomed a son, named Nathan Howsmon, in October 1995. Their union lasted for just two years and they divorced in 2000.
Davis found love a second time with Ohio native, Deven Davis. Deven was a former model and pornstar turned philanthropist and clothes designer. The couple wed in Hawaii in 2004 and subsequently welcomed two kids namely Pirate Howsmon (b. 2005) and Zeppelin Howsmon (b. 2007). Davis later filed for divorce from his wife in 2016. It wasn’t as if he had stopped loving her but his wife had an addiction and mental health issues which were starting to affect the kids. The divorce was still being finalized when Deven passed away on the 17th of August 2018 as a result of an accidental overdose.
Davis hails from a blended family background. His father’s name is Ricky while his mother’s name is Holly Marie. His dad was a keyboardist while his mom was a professional actress. The Korn frontman also has a sister named Alyssa Marie, a half-brother named Mark Chavez and a half-sister named Amanda Chavez. Mark Chavez is also a budding rock star and is the lead singer of the alternative metal/ nu-metal band, Adema.
Jonathan Davis is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and his weight is given as 69 kg or 152 lbs. The Korn frontman boasts of a typical rock star looks with his long hair and dark getup. The singer also favors tattoos and has several on his body. One of them is a tattoo of the words ‘HIV’ on his upper arm. The tattoo is a testament to the era when he endured bullying and homophobic slurs.