Joel Madden. biography
Born Joel Rueben Combs on March 11, 1979, in Waldorf, Maryland, Joel Madden formed a band alongside his brother Benji in 1995. Although short-lived, Joel and Benji then added their fellow-high school peers Paul Thomas, Aaron Escolopio and Billy Martin to the play list, under the name Good Charlotte.
After their demo song “Little Things” landed in the hands of Philadelphia DJ, the boys were offered a recording contract with Epic Records in 1999.
Following a failed debut album, Good Charlotte broke onto the scene with their second album The Young & The Hopeless (2002). Featuring the hit single “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,” the album eventually reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart with worldwide sales of over 5 million copies.
The band then took a three-year hiatus to focus on their solo projects and personal lives before returning with the release of their fifth album Cardiology (2010).
Joel’s most recent projects include a guest spot as a coach in the TV series The Voice (2012-2013).
Did you know…
- He is good friends with The Game, and is godfather to his son Harlem Caron Taylor.
- He is the younger twin by 5 minutes.
- Was formerly a shampoo technician.
- Older brother is Joshua, younger sister, Sarah and twin brother, Benji.
- Is a vegan.
- Joel and Benji wrote a song for Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography, but it was cut off the album.
- Joel and Benji used to always switch places.
- Joel's favorite holiday is Christmas.
- Joel hates waking up!
- Joel's nickname is Sick Boy.