See photos of Korn’s Jonathan Davis over the years

We know Jonathan Davis as the legend’s ferocious front man Cerealbut his life could have gone in many different directions along the way.

Davis was born on January 18, 1971 in Bakersfield, California. At the age of 3, he developed asthma, which resulted in him having to undergo medical and blood procedures throughout much of his childhood. His parents divorced and he had a crazy relationship with his stepmother that he has claimed would ruin his life.

The future vocalist was also often bullied during her teenage years, mainly for wearing eye makeup and unconventional clothing. His fashion sense was inspired by his love of goth, new wave and industrial music.

Davis also had an… interesting job before pursuing music. He became an assistant in the Kern County Coroner’s office, attended mortuary school and became an embalmer. Talk about a career change.

All the while, Davis had been playing in and out of bands and experimenting with instruments. But his life was changed forever when he formed Korn in 1993, who would go on to become one of the strongest forces in music during the decade, laying the foundation for a whole new genre of funk metal filled with darkness.

Although the frontman became successful, it did not make his life easier as an adult than it had been as a child. He has had struggles with substance abuse, medical issues and endured the loss of both his wife and his mother around the same time.

But despite all the ups and downs, Davis is also a father, has sold over 40 million albums worldwide with Korn, has had success with his own solo projects and is sober. He is living proof that hardships do not define who you are.

See photos of Korn’s triumphant frontman over the years below.

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