Maynard James Keenan also known as MJK is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He owes a good part of his success to a singular decision his parents made.
The musician and rock star is not just a singer, Maynard James Keenan also has a thing for wines. He is a seasoned winemaker and taster famed for having about 1000 bottles of wine in his house.
He also ventured into acting and of course, has featured in some movies he received credit for. Let’s find out the numerous hurdles this Rock Star had to jump before he arrived at stardom, and how he’s handled life since.
Maynard James Keenan’s Bio and Age
Maynard James Keenan, whose real name is Maynard Herbert Keenan, was born in Ravenna, Ohio, on April 17, 1964. His late mother, Judith Marie (died on June 18, 2003), and his father, Michael Loren Keenan, didn’t have any other children hence, Maynard James is their only child.
His parents severed ties in 1968 and this affected his relationship with his father, whom he saw just once a year, for twelve years. Moreover, the man his mother got remarried to made things very unbearable for him and hampered his mental and psychological growth. This made his mother suggest he relocate to Scottville, Michigan (where his father moved to after the divorce) to stay with him after she was diagnosed with Cerebral aneurysm in 1976.
Maynard did not think twice to embrace the option. His father, being a high school teacher got him enrolled in County Central High School, Scottville. There, he joined the wrestling team, which his father also happens to be one of the coaches. He finished from the school in 1982, the same year his father left the coaching job.
Maynard James Keenan attended Kendall College of Arts and Design, Michigan where he met people like Gillian Anderson the now famous actress. After college, he got enlisted in the army; he joined The Marine Corps where he was assigned Forward Observer. One of the reasons he joined the army was to see if he’ll be funded through art school by the G. I Bill. His dreams were met when he was shortlisted to join West Point Prep School, a military preparatory school. While in school, he excelled in different subjects like mathematics, English, wrestling, and sports. He was also outstanding in basic and advanced training which made the school to offer him an appointment which he rejected to pursue his music career. It was while there that he chose the name ‘Maynard’ for himself.
Family – Wife, and Son
Maynard James Keenan is the father of Devo H. Keenan, who also is a singer. He had his son from an affair he had in 1995 although it is not clear who his mother is.
In June 2010, he proposed to his then girlfriend who is also his wine company lab manager, Lei Li. They got married two years after, on September 10, 2012, and two years later on July 12, 2014, the pair welcomed a baby girl whom they called Lei Li Agostina Maria.
The Tool’s frontman was born in a Southern Baptist church, but a bad experience he had after his mother fell ill left him with reservations about what Christianity and the church stand for. Perhaps this feeling and his constant viewpoint is part of why many have viewed him as either agnostic or a deist. He is committed to the Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu.
Maynard James Keenan’s Net Worth
Having made music for over two decades with about three bands to his credit, Maynard James Keenan is a wealthy man by all standards. His net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth is valued to be about $60 million. He is multi-talented and has appeared in various movies, like Crank two: high voltage, released in 2009, where he starred alongside the famous actor, Jason Statham. Besides, he is a business owner with a wine company called Caduceus Cellars and a vineyard named Merkin Vinyard. He also co-owns Stronghold Vineyards. After the death of his mother in 2003, he named one of his wines after her. He named it Cabernet Sauvignon “Nagual del Judit”.
He is the lead singer of the band group Tools, which he co-founded with Adam Jones. He and the group won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1998. He also is the lead singer of A Perfect Circle, another rock band which he co-founded with his friend, Billy Howerdel and the founder of Puscifer, a multi-media project. With all these feats to his credit, Maynard is an accomplished wealthy man.
Maynard James Keenan is estimated to have a height of 1.70 meters, which is approximately 5 feet, 7 inches. Other stats are not available for public consumption.