Jon Toogood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jon Toogood
Toogood in 2020
Toogood in 2020
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Charles Toogood
Born (1971-08-09) 9 August 1971 (age 52)
Wellington, New Zealand
GenresAlternative rock, hard rock, industrial rock, pop, worldbeat, acoustic rock
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Member ofShihad

Jonathan Charles Toogood (born 9 August 1971) is a New Zealand musician who is the frontman (lead vocals and guitar) of the rock band Shihad.[1] He formed the band in 1988 with fellow Wellingtonian Tom Larkin. Toogood and Larkin met as teenage fans of AC/DC and Metallica.[2]

Solo work[edit]

Toogood performing in Auckland, October 2015

In 2009, Toogood revealed he had been travelling around New Zealand to collaborate with other New Zealand artists for a project that is "extra-curricular" to Shihad's music. Confirmed collaborators included Tiki Taane, Ruban and Kody Neilson from the Mint Chicks, Julia Deans from Fur Patrol, Anika Moa, Shayne Carter of Dimmer/Straitjacket Fits fame and Ladi 6.[1] "The Adults" was released as a full-length album in New Zealand in June 2011. Toogood subsequently toured New Zealand and Australia under this banner, joined onstage by Deans and Carter.[3]

In 2018, Toogood completed a master of fine arts degree at Massey University, with a thesis on Aghani Al-Banat music.[4] In 2020 Toogood was inducted into Massey University's College of Creative Arts' hall of fame.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Toogood is not related to the broadcasting icon Selwyn Toogood, as his parents migrated from England to New Zealand in the 1950s.[6] Toogood was a keen cricket player in high school, and at one stage captained the Wellington secondary schools' representative cricket team.[7]

As of April 2005, Toogood was married to Ronise Paul, with whom he had a stepdaughter.[8] Toogood married Dana Salih, who is a Sudanese Muslim, in Sudan in 2014.[9] Toogood had converted to Islam prior to the wedding.[10]


Aotearoa Music Awards[edit]

The Aotearoa Music Awards (previously known as New Zealand Music Awards (NZMA)) are an annual awards night celebrating excellence in New Zealand music and have been presented annually since 1965.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
1992 Jon Toogood – Shihad Most Promising Male Nominated [11]
1994 Jon Toogood – Shihad Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
1996 Jon Toogood – Shihad Male Vocalist of the Year Won
1997 Karl Kippenberger & Jon Toogood for Shihad Album Cover of the Year Nominated
Jon Toogood – Shihad Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
1998 Jon Toogood – Shihad Male Vocalist of the Year Won
2000 Jon Toogood – Shihad Male Vocalist of the Year Won
2001 Jon Toogood – Shihad Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2010 Jon Toogood (as part of Shihad) New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee [12]


  1. ^ a b McQuillan, Laura (17 August 2009), "Shihad's Week-Long 21st Party", The Dominion Post/, retrieved 10 September 2009
  2. ^ Kara, Scott (12 April 2008), "Once More With Feeling", The New Zealand Herald, retrieved 10 September 2009
  3. ^ Duda, Marty (25 June 2011). "The Adults – The Adults (Warner Music) review". Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ Toogood, Jonathan (2018). Haja : incorporating Aghani Al-Banat into a Western popular music recording project (Master of Fine Arts thesis). Massey Research Online, Massey University. hdl:10179/14360.
  5. ^ "Four alumni inducted into Massey hall of fame in Wellington ceremony". 4 March 2020.
  6. ^ Miller, Andrew (May 2008). "Shihad – It's A Beautiful Thing | NZ Musician |". New Zealand Music Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010.
  7. ^ Kara, Scott (22 June 2007), "A Quick Word With: Jon Toogood", The New Zealand Herald, retrieved 10 September 2009
  8. ^ Kara, Scott (15 April 2005), "Repiling the rock foundations", The New Zealand Herald, retrieved 13 April 2019
  9. ^ Dekker, Diana (15 February 2014). "NZ's hard rocker gone soft?". Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  10. ^ Behan, Alex (13 April 2019), "Shihad's Jon Toogood on being Muslim, changing his band's name and keeping the faith",, retrieved 13 April 2019
  11. ^ "Aotearoa Music Awards". Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  12. ^ "HOME INDUCTEES". Retrieved 16 August 2021.

External links[edit]