Jared Champion backstage during Cage the Elephant's Live and Unpeeled tour in 2017
|Born||February 27, 1983|
|Origin||Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States|
In high school, Champion, with current bandmate Matt Shultz, were in a cover band called Liquid Twilight. Champion needed a singer for the cover band, so Shultz agreed to do it. It is unknown when they broke up. However, Champion and Shultz left Liquid Twilight because they wanted to write original music.
After Liquid Twilight came to an end, Champion-along with Matt and Brad Shultz-were in a band that formed in 2001 called Perfect Confusion, which also included members Thomas Bullen (lead guitar)-who later joined Bowling Green band Sleeper Agent-and David Kem (bass). Although the band broke up in 2005, the members occasionally have reunions and perform at Tidball's, a Bowling Green bar and local music venue.
After Cage the Elephant formed in 2006, Champion, along with the rest of the band, moved to the United Kingdom to gain moderate success with their self-titled debut LP, releasing in Europe on June 23, 2008, and in the United States on March 24, 2009.
Following the release of the band's second studio LP, Thank You, Happy Birthday, Champion's appendix burst during a concert while touring with Foo Fighters. While being hospitalized, former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters' frontman, Dave Grohl, took Champion's place as the drummer for 3 shows during the tour. In 2014, while touring to promote Cage the Elephant's third studio LP, Melophobia, Champion took family leave. Kyle Davis, drummer for Nashville band Chrome Pony, took his place during the shows Champion missed.
In high school, Champion was in marching band. He was also in concert band from middle school to college.
Jared has also been know to start a fire using a Bow Drill.