Jacoby Shaddix

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Jacoby Shaddix
Shaddix performing with Papa Roach in 2023
Shaddix performing with Papa Roach in 2023
Background information
Birth nameJacoby Dakota Shaddix
Also known as
  • Coby Dick
  • Jonny Vodka
  • John Doe
  • Dakota Gold
  • Jacobo Insonico
Born (1976-07-28) July 28, 1976 (age 47)
Mariposa, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • TV presenter
Years active1993–present
Member ofPapa Roach
Formerly ofFight the Sky

Jacoby Dakota Shaddix[1] (born July 28, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and TV presenter. He is best known as a 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".[2]

Music career[edit]

Papa Roach (1993–present)[edit]

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.[3] In 2007, Dave Buckner's role was filled by Tony Palermo, leaving Jacoby as the only original member in the band.[3] The band's name, Papa Roach, was the result of mixing up the nickname of Jacoby’s grandfather from his mother’s side —Herbert Fischer "Papa"— and "Roach" coming from his grandfather from his father’s side, John “Grandpa” Roatch. Both grandparents were musicians. [4]

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",[5] also stating in 2009 that it was safe to assume he would not be rapping again.[6] However, in 2012, Shaddix started rapping again in the album The Connection.[7] There were some tracks on their 2017 album Crooked Teeth that featured rapping. In 2021, looked back on his and Papa Roach's association with the nu metal genre, reflecting back that "I love being one of the forefathers of nu metal, that’s dope, but we’ve been able to outlive it and celebrate it at the same time."[8]

On December 13, 2019, Shaddix provided new vocals for a remix of The Hu's "Wolf Totem".[9]

Fight the Sky (2002–2004)[edit]

Shaddix in 2010

Shaddix performed as the lead singer of a post-hardcore band called Fight the Sky from 2002 to 2004 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[edit]

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

Shaddix has stated that in the first year of his life, he and his family were homeless.[10] Shaddix has had problems with alcohol and drug abuse, but has been sober since 2012.[11] Shaddix revealed he was suicidal before getting clean in 2012.[12] He admitted to a partial relapse during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the stress of the pandemic caused him to smoke marijuana. However, after receiving encouragement from friends, he stopped smoking and has been clean since.[13]

Shaddix is a devoted Christian and has been known to sing Christian hymns and songs at public events.[14]



Papa Roach[edit]

Fight the Sky[edit]

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

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Album
2003 "Anxiety" The Black Eyed Peas Elephunk[15]
"Conquer the World" Die Trying Die Trying[16]
"Come Apart" Reach 454 Reach 454[17]
2005 "Forever in Our Hearts" (feat. Mýa, Nate Dogg, Sonny Sandoval,
Jacoby Shaddix, FeFe Dobson, Pete Loeffler, Ben Jelen & Ben Moody)
Brian McKnight Single[18]
2006 "Phoenix and the Fall" The Fight of Your Life The Phoenix EP[citation needed]
2007 "Americans" X Clan Return from Mecca[19]
2009 "Outta Control" (feat. Jacoby Shaddix and Travis Barker) Mams Taylor Unreleased[20]
2010 "Smoke on the Water" Carlos Santana Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time[21]
2011 "Warning" Skindred Union Black[22]
"Not The End of the World" Shahnaz Single[23]
2013 "Promises" Lonely Kings American Heartache[24]
2014 "The Future" Ronnie Radke Watch Me mixtape[25]
"Out of Control" Glamour of the Kill After Hours[26]
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
"Wolf Totem" (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)[9] The Hu Non-album single
2020 "Heart Of A Champion (feat. Papa Roach & Ice Nine Kills)" Hollywood Undead New Empire, Vol. 2
2021 "Untouchable" Atreyu Baptize
"Hip To Be Scared" Ice Nine Kills The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood
"White Room (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)" Apocalyptica Non-album single


  1. ^ SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. December 2000. p. 129.
  2. ^ "Jacoby Shaddix + Jeff Henry Present Lovers Are Lunatics". Lovers Are Lunatics. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Papa Roach". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 7, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2005.
  4. ^ "Have you ever wonder how Papa Roach got their name?". Papa Roach official Instagram @paparoach. June 7, 2023. Retrieved June 13, 2023.
  5. ^ "PAPA ROACH Singer: 'I Just Want To Be A Rocker'". Blabbermouth.net. August 17, 2004. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  6. ^ 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 January 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "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 January 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix: "I Love Being One of the Forefathers of Nu Metal, That's F**king Dope"". The Pit. March 5, 2021. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Watch Mongolian Folk/Metal Band the Hu's New Video for 'Wolf Totem,' Featuring Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix". Rock Cellar. December 13, 2019. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Papa Roach". Alternative Press. June 22, 2015. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Winwood, Ian (January 17, 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
  12. ^ Fekadu, Mesfin (September 27, 2012). "Papa Roach singer talks about his suicide battle". Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 11, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix talks "falling off the wagon" during pandemic". NME. March 17, 2021.
  14. ^ 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 March 8, 2015.
  15. ^ 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 July 28, 2018.
  16. ^ "Die Trying Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  17. ^ laczka82 (October 8, 2009). "Reach 454 feat. Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) – Come Apart". Archived from the original on May 20, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  18. ^ "Forever in Our Hearts – Single on iTunes". iTunes. Brian McKnight. March 2005. Archived from the original on May 10, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  19. ^ "Return from Mecca Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  20. ^ "Outta Control on Myspace". Myspace.com. Mams Talyor. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  21. ^ "Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  22. ^ "SKINDRED: 'Union Black' Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. March 21, 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  23. ^ "Not The End of the World (Feat. Jacoby Shaddix) on Soundcloud". Soundcloud.com. Shahnaz. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  24. ^ ""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 March 5, 2015.
  25. ^ "Ronnie Radkes Mixtape Website". RonnieRadkeMixtape. Ronnie Radke. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  26. ^ "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 December 18, 2014.

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