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Jonathan Davis

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Davis performing with Korn in June 2016

Background information

Birth name

Jonathan Howsmon Davis Also known as JDJDevilJ Devil

Born

January 18, 1971 (age 48) Bakersfield, California, U.S.

Genres

Nu metalalternative metalheavy metalindustrial metalalternative rockelectronica

Occupation(s)

Musician song writer singer producer actor

Instruments

Vocals bagpipes guitar bass drums keyboards fiddle

Years active

1987–present

Labels

Sumerian Immortal Epic Virgin Roadrunner Prospect ParkeOneDim Mak

Associated acts

Sexart Korn Jonathan Davis and the SFA Limp Bizkit Killbot Linkin Park Suicide Silence Motionless in White

Website

korn. com

Jonathan Howsmon Davis , also known as JD, 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.

Jonathan Howsmon Davis was born in Bakersfield, California, on January 18, 1971, the son of Holly Marie Chavez and Ricky Duane "Rick" Davis . His parents married on February 27, 1970. He is of English, German, Scottish, and Welsh descent. He has a sister, Alyssa Marie Davis , a half-brother, Mark Chavez , and a half-sister, Amanda Chavez , by his mother. His father was a keyboardist for Buck Owens and Frank Zappa, while his mother was a professional actress and dancer. His parents divorced when he was three years old and he was raised by his father and former stepmother in Bakersfield.

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It is quite annoying that we have to change the sound we invented just to avoid sounding like people who simply copy us, but... it is flattering and of course challenging. - Jonathan Davis

It is quite annoying that we have to change the sound we invented just to avoid sounding like people who simply copy us, but... it is flattering and of course challenging.

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We're not trying to change the world just music. - Jonathan Davis

We're not trying to change the world just music.

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At first I was queasy I'll never forget the sound of the scalpel cutting a body open. But it was so cool trying to work out how these people died. - Jonathan Davis

At first I was queasy I'll never forget the sound of the scalpel cutting a body open. But it was so cool trying to work out how these people died.

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It's really cool to see glowsticks at the show, to see dance music culture infiltrating and becoming one with the metal community. - Jonathan Davis

It's really cool to see glowsticks at the show, to see dance music culture infiltrating and becoming one with the metal community.

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The kids out there want something they can relate to, something that's real most of that whiny stuff isn't real. The cheesy pop songs just bore me to death. - Jonathan Davis

The kids out there want something they can relate to, something that's real most of that whiny stuff isn't real. The cheesy pop songs just bore me to death.

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When I listen to music, I don't want to hear about flowers. I like death and destruction. - Jonathan Davis

When I listen to music, I don't want to hear about flowers. I like death and destruction.

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When you live on the road, going home is a place to escape and just be with your family to unwind. - Jonathan Davis

When you live on the road, going home is a place to escape and just be with your family to unwind.

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home family
I like reading Ball Tongue lyrics and all that stuff. And they published a book, and I wouldn't give my lyrics, and it's all wrong in the book, and I giggle. It's funny. - Jonathan Davis

I like reading Ball Tongue lyrics and all that stuff. And they published a book, and I wouldn't give my lyrics, and it's all wrong in the book, and I giggle. It's funny.

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I don't know the true meaning of happiness. - Jonathan Davis

I don't know the true meaning of happiness.

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happiness
I don't believe in organized religion - I dealt with them hand in hand, and a whole bunch of Catholic priests tried to molest me. Telling me I was gay and I should go home with them and stuff. - Jonathan Davis

I don't believe in organized religion - I dealt with them hand in hand, and a whole bunch of Catholic priests tried to molest me. Telling me I was gay and I should go home with them and stuff.

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religion home
I got problems. I freak out, go to a shrink, go through all kinds of therapy and stuff, but I'm learning how to deal with it. That's why I've chosen one hour a night to get all of my aggressions out. to really tell the world the way I feel. - Jonathan Davis

I got problems. I freak out, go to a shrink, go through all kinds of therapy and stuff, but I'm learning how to deal with it. That's why I've chosen one hour a night to get all of my aggressions out. to really tell the world the way I feel.

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I don't like painting flowers in my music. I like painting guts and pain. - Jonathan Davis

I don't like painting flowers in my music. I like painting guts and pain.

Jonathan Davis

music
The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute. - Jonathan Davis

The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute.

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music
I've been a fan of electronic music since the beginning. - Jonathan Davis

I've been a fan of electronic music since the beginning.

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music
It seems like a lot of music today is so churned out and simple. - Jonathan Davis

It seems like a lot of music today is so churned out and simple.

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music
I've been on Prozac for 12 years and I'm off it now. I know what it feels like to be excited and sad again. I haven't felt like this in 12 years I'm like a giddy little kid. - Jonathan Davis

I've been on Prozac for 12 years and I'm off it now. I know what it feels like to be excited and sad again. I haven't felt like this in 12 years I'm like a giddy little kid.

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