Jacoby Shaddix

Jacoby Shaddix
Jacoby (Dakota) Shaddix
Birth name Jacoby Dakota Shaddix
Also known as Coby Dick
Jonny Vodka
John Doe
Jacobo Insonico
Born July 28, 1976 (1976-07-28) (age 35)
Genres Alternative rock, hard rock, post-grunge, alternative metal, nu metal, rapcore, post-hardcore
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, drums, clarinet
Years active 1993–present
Labels Eleven Seven Music, DGC/Interscope, Geffen, DreamWorks
Associated acts Papa Roach
Fight the Sky
Website www.paparoach.com
Notable instruments
Radio Shack Megaphone Sucker

Jacoby Dakota Shaddix (born July 28, 1976) is the lead singer of Californian rock band Papa Roach,[1] and along with bassist Tobin Esperance, is the main songwriter for the band.


Early life

Shaddix was born in Vacaville, California. His parents divorced when he was six years old. In his youth he went to Vacaville High School where he played the clarinet in the school orchestra. Upon meeting Dave Buckner they founded Papa Roach in 1993. Jacoby started out playing drums but found quickly that Dave was a far greater drummer. Jacoby then decided to pick up bass to play a part in a band but his bass was stolen. After this he defaulted to singing. While 17, Shaddix started to work as a dishwasher to be able to finance his apartment with a friend. This job changed to a janitor in a hospital until he gave it all up for Papa Roach in 1999 so he could dedicate himself to the music he liked.

Personal life

On July 16, 1996, Shaddix married his high-school sweetheart, Kelly Shaddix, by whom he has two sons, Makaile Ciello Shaddix, born March 24, 2002 and Jagger Monroe Shaddix, born September 13, 2004.[2]

Music career

Papa Roach

A founding member of Papa Roach, Shaddix has been the lead singer since 1993. He formed the band along with drummer Dave Buckner, bassist Will James, and trombonist Ben Luther who was shortly replaced by lead guitarist Jerry Horton. Shaddix is the only remaining original member of Papa Roach as Will James was replaced by Tobin Esperance and Dave Buckner was replaced by Tony Palermo.

Fight the Sky

Shaddix also has a side-project that he started in 2002 in Sacramento, California, the post-hardcore band Fight the Sky.


He was previously the host for the MTV show Scarred, but is currently not doing so due to constant touring.[citation needed]


Shaddix has many tattoos; one of which, reads "Here Lies Jacoby Dakota Shaddix" and at the bottom of the scroll, "Born With Nothing, Die With Everything". Another one at the top of his chest that says "BORN TO ROCK." His neck bears the Chinese character for "love", which he explained in an edition of MTV Cribs that featured his home. He also has tattoos on both of his hands. His right hand says "love", and his left hand says "hate". He and his wife also have matching star tattoos by their right eyes.


Shaddix also went by the pseudonyms Coby Dick, which he used until 2001, Jonny Vodka, and John Doe temporarily in Fight the Sky.


Papa Roach

Fight the Sky

  • Seven Deadly Songs

Other appearances


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