Jacoby Shaddix

Jacoby Shaddix

Shaddix performing with Papa Roach in 2015
Background information
Birth name Jacoby Dakota Shaddix
Also known as Coby Dick
Jonny Vodka
John Doe
Dakota Gold
Jacobo Insonico
Born (1976-07-28) July 28, 1976
Mariposa, California
Genres Hard rock, alternative metal, alternative rock, nu metal, rap metal, rap rock, post-hardcore
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, rapper, TV presenter, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1993–present
Labels Eleven Seven Music, DGC/Interscope, Geffen, DreamWorks
Associated acts Papa Roach
Fight the Sky
Austin John
Website www.paparoach.com
Notable instruments

Jacoby Dakota Shaddix (born July 28, 1976) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, sporadic actor and former television presenter. 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)

Main article: Papa Roach

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, entiltled 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]

Fight the Sky (2002–2004)

Main article: Fight the Sky

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 El Dorado Hills, California[7] 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 had problems with alcohol and drug abuse, but has been sober since 2012.[8] He is a devoted Christian and has been known to sing Christian hymns and songs at public events.[9]

Shaddix has stated that in the first year of his life, he and his family were homeless.[10]



Papa Roach

Fight the Sky

Other appearances

Year Song Artist Album
2003 "Conquer the World" Die Trying Die Trying[11]
2003 "Come Apart" Reach 454 Reach 454[12]
2005 "Forever in Our Hearts" (feat. Mya, Nate Dogg, Sonny Sandoval, Jacoby Shaddix, FeFe Dobson, Pete Loeffler, Ben Jelen & Ben Moody) Brian McKnight Single[13]
2006 "Phoenix and the Fall" The Fight of Your Life The Phoenix EP
2007 "Americans" X Clan Return from Mecca[14]
2009 "Outta Control" (feat. Jacoby Shaddix and Travis Barker) Mams Taylor Unreleased[15]
2010 "Smoke on the Water" Carlos Santana Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time[16]
2011 "Warning" Skindred Union Black[17]
"Not The End of the World" Shahnaz Single[18]
2013 "Promises" Lonely Kings American Heartache[19]
2014 "The Future" Ronnie Radke Watch Me mixtape[20]
"Out of Control" Glamour of the Kill After Hours[21]
2015 "Runaway" Coldrain Vena
2016 "This Light I Hold" Memphis May Fire This Light I Hold


  1. "Jacoby Shaddix + Jeff Henry Present Lovers Are Lunatics". Lovers Are Lunatics. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Papa Roach". Billboard. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. "Papa Roach". Loudwire. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. "PAPA ROACH Singer: 'I Just Want To Be A Rocker'". Blabbermouth.net. August 17, 2004. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  5. Horton, Jerry (13 April 2009). "Papa Roach: Guitarist Wanted To 'Focus On Riffs' For New Record". Ultimate Guitar Archive. Retrieved 6 January 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. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  7. NorthBay Healthcare Foundation Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  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. http://hmmagazine.com/blog/the-jump/watch-jacoby-shaddix-papa-roach-covers-dustin-kensrues-enough/
  10. http://www.altpress.com/aptv/video/10_things_you_didnt_know_about_papa_roach
  11. "Die Trying Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  12. Reach 454 feat. Jacoby SHaddix – Come Apart
  13. "Forever in Our Hearts – Single on iTunes". iTunes. Brian McKnight. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  14. "Return from Mecca Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  15. "Outta Control on Myspace". Myspace.com. Mams Talyor. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  16. "Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  17. "SKINDRED: 'Union Black' Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. March 21, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  18. "Not The End of the World (Feat. Jacoby Shaddix) on Soundcloud". Soundcloud.com. Shahnaz. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  19. ""Promises" Lonely Kings - Lyric video featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach "OFFICIAL"". Epochal Artists Records official YouTube channel. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  20. "Ronnie Radkes Mixtape Website". RonnieRadkeMixtape. Ronnie Radke. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  21. "MUSIC NEWS: Glamour Of The Kill Announce 'After Hours' EP And Release New Track 'Out Of Control' Ft. Jacoby Shaddix". Bring the Noise UK. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
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