Johnny Christ

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Johnny Christ
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Johnny Christ performing in 2014, with Avenged Sevenfold
Background information
Birth name Jonathan Lewis Seward
Also known as Johnny Christ
Born (1984-11-18) November 18, 1984 (age 32)
Huntington Beach, California, U.S.
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, metalcore
Occupation(s) Musician, bassist
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Capitol, Warner Bros., Hopeless
Associated acts Avenged Sevenfold

Jonathan Lewis Seward (born November 18, 1984), known as Johnny Christ, is the bassist of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.[1] Seward is the fourth bassist to join Avenged Sevenfold in 2003, replacing former member Dameon Ash.


Johnny Christ on Nova Rock 2014

Seward attended Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. He proceeded through high school and met M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates and Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. Despite not being in the band at the time, Seward already knew Gates and Sullivan, then soon after met Shadows and Vengeance. Following the departure of Dameon Ash in 2002, he took the position as Avenged Sevenfold's bassist, as he had played the bass with the band whenever Dameon could not attend. Seward could pick up on the pace of a song that he did not know quite quickly and proved to be a unique bass guitarist. "I don't think any one out there could pick up a bass line as quick as Johnny" were the words from the Rev. Johnny was also friends with Zacky's younger brother Matt Baker formerly from the band The Dear & Departed. In May 2009, he participated in the Gumball 3000 rally.[citation needed]

Musical career[edit]

Seward initially took a few weeks off from high school during his senior year to fill in for Avenged Sevenfold's previous bassist, Dameon Ash. Those few weeks would become permanent as he dropped out of high school to become the band's current bassist.

He first recorded on their second album Waking the Fallen. He used to write only Johnny on his autographs until Zacky Vengeance came up with the name "Johnny Christ", and in All Excess he said, "That sounds... really ballsy. Everyone's gonna hate that, so... I should definitely go with that."[2] He resides in Huntington Beach, Orange County.[citation needed]

In the time since the release of Hail to the King, Seward has begun singing more backup vocals on live shows (as well as screaming) on songs like Critical Acclaim, Nightmare, Seize the Day, God Hates Us, Not Ready to Die and Shepherd of Fire.

Stage equipment[edit]

Bass Guitar



  1. ^ Fuoco, Christina. "Biography: Avenged Sevenfold". Allmusic. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ Avenged Sevenfold: All Excess ("How The Band Met") (DVD). Warner Bros. Records. July 17, 2007. 
  3. ^ Retrieved on 2013-03-14.
  4. ^ Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold). Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  5. ^ Michael Amott.