Happy birthday to Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, who celebrates his 40th birthday on Thursday (July 28th). Shaddix was born in Vacaville, California in 1976 and formed Papa Roach in 1993 after he and drummer Dave Buckner met in high school. They were joined by bassist Will James and guitarist Ben Luther, although eventually all three instrumental members of the band were replaced, leaving Jacoby the only original member in the group.
Papa Roach self-released its debut album, Old Friends From Young Years, in 1997, then hit it big in 2000 with their major label debut, Infest, which contained the massive hit “Last Resort.” Papa Roach has issued a total of eight studio albums, yielding hits like “Dead Cell,” “Scars,” “Lifeline” and “Face Everything And Rise.”
- Other albums include 2004’s Getting Away With Murder, 2006’s The Paramour Sessions and last year’s F.E.A.R..
- Shaddix currently resides in the Sacramento area with his wife Kelly, to whom he has been married since 1997. They have three sons: 14-year-old Makaile, 11-year-old Jagger and nearly three-year-old Brixton.
- Shaddix admitted a while back that he and his wife separated for a time in 2012, although they eventually reconciled: [“We’re working it out again, you know. We started going to therapy and counseling and doing that whole deal and really, like — we both had to just lay everything out on the line and just be completely honest with each other, and in the whole process realizing, you know, we really, we are meant for each other, you know. It’s just like, we’ve got to learn how to work together again as a team, you know. It sounds kind of cliche or whatever, but it’s like, the left hand got to know what the right hand is doing, and the right hand’s got to appreciate what the left hand is doing.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . hand is doing.)
- Shaddix has been very public about his problems with alcohol and drug abuse, but has been sober since 2012. He said at the time that his struggle to get clean made it into that year’s album, The Connection: [“I was a mess. I’m a mess. You know, I was in the process of getting sober again and I just, you know, I’m a wreck. I’m a rock ‘n’ roll freight train. I’m a VH1 story. It came through on the record, you know, so there’s desperation, there’s hope, exhilaration, there’s empowerment…it’s a myriad of emotions. You know, there’s songs on this record that I listen to and I’m just — they hit so deep to me, I’m like, ‘God, I don’t even want to listen to that song right now.'”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . song right now.)
- Shaddix is a devoted Christian and has been known to sing Christian hymns and songs at public events.
- Papa Roach has been working on a new studio album and as the band approaches its 24th year of existence, Shaddix told us that he refuses to let anything keep him down: [“I’m a fighter. That’s just me, you know. I just don’t give up. You know, that’s just not my style. I show that through my music, with my band…it’s a crazy life we live, you know, and it will continue to be.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . continue to be.)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Shaddix has stated that in the first year of his life, he and his family were homeless.
- Papa Roach was named after Shaddix’ step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch, who went by the nickname “Papa Roach.”
- Howard committed suicide in 2006 following a diagnosis with an unspecified form of advanced stage cancer. The song “Roses On My Grave” was written in his memory.
- Shaddix served as the host of the MTV show Scarred for the entirety of the show’s run, hosting all 20 episodes of the show from April 10th to September 18th, 2007.
- Starting in 2002, Shaddix performed as the lead singer of a post-hardcore band called Fight The Sky under the name “John Doe.” The band recorded its debut album, Seven Deadly Songs, in early 2004, but it has never been released.
CHECK IT OUT: Here’s the video for “Last Resort”:
Here is the video for “Lifeline”:
Here’s the video for “Fear Everything And Rise”: