Jacoby Shaddix

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Jacoby Shaddix
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Shaddix on stage in Budapest in 2010
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 (age 38)
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
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
Austin Winkler
Website www.paparoach.com
Notable instruments

Jacoby Dakota Shaddix (born July 28, 1976) is an American songwriter and lead singer for the rock band Papa Roach, as well as the lead singer for the unofficially defunct post-hardcore band Fight the Sky under the pseudonym 'John Doe.' Shaddix was also the host of MTV show Scarred in 2007.[1]

Music career[edit]

Papa Roach[edit]

Main article: Papa Roach

Jacoby 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. Ben was replaced by current guitarist Jerry Horton, Tobin Esperance replacing Will James following his departure. Dave Buckner's role was filled by Tony Palermo, leaving Jacoby the only original member in the band. The band's name Papa Roach, derives from 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. 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 in later Papa Roach songs. 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".[2] However, in 2012, Jacoby Shaddix started rapping again in the album The Connection, and even stated that it felt good to be rapping again.


Shaddix hosted the MTV show Scarred, which ran for two seasons, spanning April to September 2007. The demands of touring forced him to leave the show. 'Scarred' featured victims of skateboarding, biking, or other extreme sports-related injuries. It involved Jacoby introducing the victims before a clip of the recorded incident, or a dramatic rendition of the incident, followed by a commentary from the victim himself/herself about the injury, as well as the treatment required. The show drew its name from the Papa Roach song Scars.


Shaddix has many tattoos. One of the first tattoos he got was his wife's name across his right arm, done when he was 21 years old . Many of his tattoos are text pieces: "Born To Rock" is across his clavicle, 'love' and 'hate' on his left and right hands, as well as the names of sons on each wrist. On the left side of his chest, he has a queen surrounded by water, and on the right is a king surrounded by flames. Jacoby has said this represents the good and evil in him. On his right is a scroll which reads, "Here Lies Jacoby Dakota Shaddix", "Born With Nothing, Die With Everything", which is also the name of a song from LoveHateTragedy. On his left arm he has a house in flames, which references the band's song "Broken Home", and a coffin which references their song "Harder Than A Coffin Nail". On the back of his neck, Jacoby and his wife Kelly have the Chinese symbol for love, which he spoke about in an episode of MTV Cribs.

Shaddix has used various pseudonyms throughout his career including Coby Dick, Johnny Vodka, John Doe, Dakota Gold and Jacobo Insonico.


Papa Roach[edit]

Fight the Sky[edit]

  • Seven Deadly Songs

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Album
2003 "Conquer the World" Die Trying Die Trying
2003 "Anxiety" The Black Eyed Peas Elephunk
2003 "Come Apart"[3] Reach 454 Reach 454
2003 "Never Look Back" Papa Roach feat. N.E.R.D. Biker Boyz (soundtrack)
2005 "Forever in Our Hearts" (feat. Mya, Nate Dogg, Sonny Sandoval, Jacoby Shaddix, FeFe Dobson, Pete Loeffler, Ben Jelen & Ben Moody) Brian McKnight Single[4]
2006 "Phoenix and the Fall" The Fight of Your Life The Phoenix EP
2007 "Americans" X Clan Return from Mecca
2009 "Outta Control" (feat. Jacoby Shaddix and Travis Barker) Mams Taylor Unreleased[5]
2010 "Smoke on the Water" Carlos Santana Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time
2011 "Warning" Skindred Union Black
"Not The End Of The World" Shahnaz Single[6]
2013 "Promises"[7] Lonely Kings American Heartache
2014 "The Future" Ronnie Radke Watch Me mixtape[8]
"Out Of Control" Glamour Of The Kill After Hours


  1. ^ "Scarred". TV Guide. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "PAPA ROACH Singer: 'I Just Want To Be A Rocker'". Blabbermouth. August 17, 2004. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Reach 454 feat. Jacoby SHaddix - Come Apart
  4. ^ "Forever In Our Hearts - Single on iTunes". iTunes. Brian McKnight. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Outta Control on Myspace". Myspace.com. Mams Talyor. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Not The End Of The World (Feat. Jacoby Shaddix) on Soundcloud". Soundcloud.com. Shahnaz. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Lonely Kings - Promises (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
  8. ^ "Ronnie Radkes Mixtape Website". RonnieRadkeMixtape. Ronnie Radke. Retrieved 25 December 2013.