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Jacoby Shaddix

Jacoby Shaddix
Papa Roach - Rock am Ring 2015-9782.jpg
Shaddix performing with Papa Roach in 2015
Background information
Jacoby Dakota Shaddix
  • Coby Dick
  • Jonny Vodka
  • John Doe
  • Dakota Gold
  • Jacobo Insonico
Born (1976-07-28) July 28, 1976 (age 42)
Mariposa, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • TV presenter
  • actor

Jacoby Dakota Shaddix (born July 28, 1976) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, TV presenter and actor. He is best known as being the founding member and the continuous lead singer of the California-based rock band Papa Roach since the band's formation in 1993.

Shaddix served as the host of the MTV show Scarred for the entirety of the show's cycle, presenting both seasons and all 20 episodes of the show, which spanned from April 10 to September 18, 2007. Shaddix would ultimately leave the show due to touring demands with Papa Roach. The name of the show was based on the Papa Roach song "Scars".

Shaddix is one of the co-owners of a rock-inspired clothing line with designer Jeff Henry called 'Lovers Are Lunatics', with the focus being described as "to create a brand that represents the rock community and showcases their unique creative vision".[1]

Music career

Papa Roach (1993-present)

Shaddix is the founding member of Papa Roach. He formed the band with former drummer Dave Buckner, bassist Will James, and guitarist Ben Luther, in 1993. Luther was replaced by current guitarist Jerry Horton, and by 1996 Tobin Esperance had replaced Will James following his departure.[2] In 2007 Dave Buckner's role was filled by Tony Palermo, leaving Jacoby the only original member in the band.[2] The band's name Papa Roach, derives from Shaddix' step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch, who went by the nickname 'Papa Roach'.[3] 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. Before releasing their major label debut album Infest, Papa Roach recorded and published an EP in 1994 entitled 'Potatoes For Christmas'. In 1997, their first full-length album, entitled Old Friends from Young Years, was released.

Shaddix stopped using rapping as a whole in their 2004 album Getting Away with Murder. In an interview in 2004, Shaddix said that he became disenchanted with hip hop and what it represented in the media and stated that "I just want to be a rocker",[4] also stating in 2009 that it was safe to assume he wouldn't be rapping again.[5] However, in 2012, Shaddix started rapping again in the album The Connection.[6] There were some tracks on their 2017 Crooked Teeth (album) album that featured rapping.

Fight the Sky (2002-2004)

Shaddix in 2010

Shaddix performed as the lead singer of a post-hardcore band called Fight the Sky from 2002 to 2003 under the name 'John Doe'. The band was intended as a side-project of Shaddix where he could display the heavier side of his vocals. The band's line-up consisted of Shaddix as the lead singer, Wade Khail as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Ali Abrishami as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist and Jay Ingram on the drums and percussion. The band had signed a record deal to Papa Roach's self-owned label El Tonal Records and entered Velvet Tone Studios in Sacramento, California to record their debut album Seven Deadly Songs between January and February 2004. No public updates have been made regarding either the release date of the album or the future of Fight the Sky.

Personal life

Shaddix currently resides in Sacramento, California with his wife Kelly (married since 1997) and their three sons named Makaile (born March 24, 2002), Jagger (born September 13, 2004) and Brixton (born September 17, 2013). He has two brothers named Bryson and Trevor.

Shaddix has stated that in the first year of his life, he and his family were homeless.[7] Shaddix has had problems with alcohol and drug abuse, but has been sober since 2012.[8] Shaddix revealed he was suicidal before getting clean in 2012.[9] Shaddix is a devoted Christian and has been known to sing Christian hymns and songs at public events.[10]



Papa Roach

Fight the Sky

  • Seven Deadly Songs (never released; recorded in 2004)

Other appearances

Year Song Artist Album
2003 "Anxiety" Black Eyed Peas Elephunk[11]
2003 "Conquer the World" Die Trying Die Trying[12]
2003 "Come Apart" Reach 454 Reach 454[13]
2005 "Forever in Our Hearts" (feat. Mya, Nate Dogg, Sonny Sandoval, Jacoby Shaddix, FeFe Dobson, Pete Loeffler, Ben Jelen & Ben Moody) Brian McKnight Single[14]
2006 "Phoenix and the Fall" The Fight of Your Life The Phoenix EP[]
2007 "Americans" X Clan Return from Mecca[15]
2009 "Outta Control" (feat. Jacoby Shaddix and Travis Barker) Mams Taylor Unreleased[16]
2010 "Smoke on the Water" Carlos Santana Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time[17]
2011 "Warning" Skindred Union Black[18]
"Not The End of the World" Shahnaz Single[19]
2013 "Promises" Lonely Kings American Heartache[20]
2014 "The Future" Ronnie Radke Watch Me mixtape[21]
"Out of Control" Glamour of the Kill After Hours[22]
2015 "Runaway" Coldrain Vena
2016 "This Light I Hold" Memphis May Fire This Light I Hold
2017 "Don't Stop" Nothing More Don't Stop (Single version)
2018 "The Reckoning" Within Temptation Resist
2019 "Sworn Apart" Mark Morton Anesthetic


  1. ^ "Jacoby Shaddix + Jeff Henry Present Lovers Are Lunatics". Lovers Are Lunatics. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Papa Roach". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 7, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Papa Roach". Loudwire. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "PAPA ROACH Singer: 'I Just Want To Be A Rocker'". Blabbermouth.net. August 17, 2004. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Horton, Jerry (April 13, 2009). "Papa Roach: Guitarist Wanted To 'Focus On Riffs' For New Record". Ultimate Guitar Archive. Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "PAPA ROACH's JACOBY SHADDIX Says New Album 'F.E.A.R.' Is 'Probably The Most Positive Record We've Written". Blabbermouth.net. August 25, 2014. Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Papa Roach". Alternative Press. June 22, 2015. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Winwood, Ian (17 January 2015). "Fear of the Narc". Kerrang!. No. 1551. pp. 42-43. Now three years into sobriety... Jacoby Shaddix continues to find new meaning to life
  9. ^ "Papa Roach singer talks about his suicide battle". Archived from the original on May 11, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Houston, Rob (April 30, 2014). "Watch: Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) covers Dustin Kensrue's 'Not Enough'". HM. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Moss, Corey (June 13, 2002). "Black Eyed Peas Exhibit New Breed Of Elephunk On Upcoming LP". MTV News. Archived from the original on July 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Die Trying Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ laczka82 (October 8, 2009). "Reach 454 feat. Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) - Come Apart". Archived from the original on May 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Forever in Our Hearts - Single on iTunes". iTunes. Brian McKnight. Archived from the original on May 10, 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "Return from Mecca Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ "Outta Control on Myspace". Myspace.com. Mams Talyor. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ "Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "SKINDRED: 'Union Black' Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. March 21, 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "Not The End of the World (Feat. Jacoby Shaddix) on Soundcloud". Soundcloud.com. Shahnaz. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  20. ^ ""Promises" Lonely Kings - Lyric video featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach "OFFICIAL"". Epochal Artists Records official YouTube channel. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ "Ronnie Radkes Mixtape Website". RonnieRadkeMixtape. Ronnie Radke. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  22. ^ "MUSIC NEWS: Glamour Of The Kill Announce 'After Hours' EP And Release New Track 'Out Of Control' Ft. Jacoby Shaddix". Bring the Noise UK. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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