Joel Madden

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Joel Madden
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Madden performing in 2017
Joel Rueben Combs

(1979-03-11) March 11, 1979 (age 42)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1995–present
(m. 2010)
RelativesBenji Madden (twin brother)
Musical career
OriginLa Plata, Maryland, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Associated actsGood Charlotte, The Madden Brothers

Joel Rueben Madden ( Combs; March 11, 1979) is an American musician best known as the lead vocalist for the pop punk band Good Charlotte. He is also part of the pop rock collaboration the Madden Brothers with his identical twin brother Benji Madden.

Early life[edit]

Joel Rueben Combs was born on March 11, 1979 in Waldorf, Maryland, to Robin Madden and Roger Combs. He has an identical twin, Benji Madden, who plays guitar and sings backing vocals in their band, Good Charlotte. He also has an older brother named Josh Madden who also works in the music industry, and a younger sister named Sarah Madden.[1] Madden attended La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland.


Good Charlotte[edit]

From left to right: Paul Thomas, Joel Madden, Benji Madden, Dean Butterworth, and Billy Martin

In 1995, at the age of 16, Madden, his brother Benji, and a friend started their own band. The band was short-lived and the Maddens eventually recruited fellow high schoolers Paul Thomas, Aaron Escolopio, and Billy Martin to form their band Good Charlotte. They took the name Good Charlotte from the children's book Good Charlotte: Girls of the Good Day Orphanage by Carol Beach York.[2]

Other projects[edit]

In the 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie, Madden and the other Good Charlotte members made a cameo appearance as the band at the school's prom. He later had a cameo role in the 2004 film Fat Albert and in the 2006 film Material Girls with his brother Benji. He also had a guest appearance in the hit Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band, in which he joined the band for a performance.

Madden started a clothing line called MADE Clothing along with his brothers Benji and Josh. The line is now defunct. In early 2006 MADE Clothing became DCMA Collective. The line is owned by Joel, his brothers Benji Madden, Josh Madden, and friend Tal Cooperman. The Madden brothers also front a production team called Dead Executives.

In November 2007, Nicole Richie and Madden created The Richie Madden Children's Foundation. The charity will create and promote an online registry to inspire the purchases of items for moms and their families in need.[3] He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2010, with his brother, Madden contributed to "We Are the World 25 for Haiti," a remake of the song "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

On November 23, 2011, Madden was confirmed as one of the four vocal coaches in the first season of the Australian version of the reality singing competition The Voice.[4] His brother, Benji Madden was later his mentor on the show. Joel continued on as a coach in seasons two and three with Benji joining Joel as a coach on season 4 in 2015. Because of his commitments to The Voice Australia, he relocated to Sydney.

Madden is featured in Blood on the Dance Floor's fifth studio album on the track "Incomplete and All Alone" released on June 19, 2012. The track was available for free download with pre-orders of the album.[5]

In 2012, Madden joined the 11th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.[6]

In 2013, Madden also provided songwriting and production assistance to the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer on their first album. He has also helped write songs with them again for their later album Sounds Good Feels Good.

Madden was featured in Alex Kunnari & Heikki L's single "City of Sin", released on July 12, 2013.[7]

Madden was in a pop rock duo with his brother Benji called The Madden Brothers. They released the record "Greetings from California" on September 16, 2014. The album title Greetings from California comes from a conversation that the brothers had over breakfast one morning where they were reminiscing over how far they had come since the days of making music in their bedrooms.[8]

In 2015, Madden appeared as guest in the American TV series Empire.

The Voice Australia[edit]

From the beginning of the show in 2012 to the end of the fifth season in 2016, Joel was a coach on The Voice Australia. He was also a coach with his brother Benji for The Voice Kids in 2014. In 2013, Joel won the Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent for his role as coach on the program.

Personal life[edit]

Madden with Nicole Richie in 2010

In July 2004, 25-year-old Madden began dating teen idol Hilary Duff when she was 16.[9] After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff's mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine.[10] In November 2006, Madden and Duff broke up.[11] Paper magazine wrote that the media at the time largely ignored the fact that the relationship was illegal because she was underage.[12]

Madden started dating Nicole Richie in December 2006.[13] They have two children: daughter in 2008[14] and a son in 2009.[15] The couple confirmed their engagement in February 2010,[16] and married on December 11, 2010. Joel's brother Benji is married to actress Cameron Diaz.[17] Madden has residences in both Los Angeles and Sydney.

Madden has a trademark habit of chewing toothpicks[18] to help reduce the number of cigarettes he smokes a day.[19]


With Good Charlotte[edit]

With The Madden Brothers[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
2015 "Bail Me Out" (featuring Joel Madden) All Time Low Future Hearts
2013 "City of Sin" (featuring Joel Madden) Alex Kunnari & Heikki L
2012 "Incomplete And All Alone" (featuring Joel Madden) Blood on the Dance Floor (R)evolution
2011 "Lost" (featuring Joel Madden) Chae Hawk
2010 "Auto-Tune the News #11 – Pure Poppycock." (featuring Joel Madden) The Gregory Brothers
2009 "Sulla Mia Pelle" Lost Sospeso
2008 "Workin'" Young Dre The Truth
"Elevator" Junior Sanchez
"My Own Way"/"My Own Way" (Remix) Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk
"I'm the One" Bizzy Bone A Song for You
"LA Girls" Mams Taylor
2007 "No More Cryin'" J-Kwon
2005 "Tired" Tommy Lee Tommyland: The Ride
"Let's Go" X-Ecutioners
2004 "Are You Ready?" Hazen Street Hazen Street
"All That"
"Jump" N*E*R*D Fly or Die
2002 "You Don't Mean Anything" Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls


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  2. ^ "Good Charlotte Biography". AllMusic. 2007. Retrieved August 31, 2007.
  3. ^ "Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Start Charity for Kids". US Magazine. November 17, 2007. Archived from the original on November 16, 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
  4. ^ "Judges announced for Aussie Voice". November 23, 2011. Archived from the original on November 25, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "BOTDF official website".March 2012
  6. ^ "11th Annual IMA Judges". Independent Music Awards. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "DJ-kaksikko Alex Kunnari & Heikki L yhteistyössä Good Charlotten laulajan kanssa" [DJ duo Alex Kunnari & Heikki L in cooperation with Good Charlotte singer]. (in Finnish). July 5, 2013. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Madden Brothers release new album Greetings from California". Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "Hilary Duff Main | All About Hilary Duff". Moviefone. September 28, 1987. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  10. ^ "How Hilary Found 'The Perfect Man'". ExtraTV. June 16, 2005. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006.
  11. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Raekwon, Jay-Z, Redman, Britney, Pharrell, Jeezy, Nick Lachey & More – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. November 29, 2006. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  12. ^ "Why Didnt We Have A Bigger Problem With Joel Madden Dating Teenage Hilary Duff". Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  13. ^ "Couples Watch". People. December 18, 2006.
  14. ^ "Interview with Lionel & Nicole Richie". Larry King Live. CNN. May 28, 2009.
  15. ^ "Nicole Richie & Joel Madden Welcome a Baby Boy". People. September 9, 2009.
  16. ^ "Excited to Announce..." September 9, 2009. Archived from the original on September 12, 2009.
  17. ^ "Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Wedding Draws Family, Friends – and an Elephant!". People. December 11, 2010.
  18. ^ Moran, Jonathon (May 11, 2013). "Joel Madden respects dentist Peter Alldritt's opinion on his toothpick habit". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  19. ^ Casamento, Jo (May 13, 2012). "Morsels". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  20. ^ "The Madden Brothers".