For someone like Maynard James Keenan, his music career would never have developed without his mother’s decision to let him live with his father because her health deteriorated. Find out here what happened to these rock musicians on their way to fame.
Bio of Maynard James Keenan
Maynard James Keenan is also referred to as James Herbert Keenan. James Herbert Keenan is an American musician, songwriter, rock singer, music producer, and winemaker who sang in the band Tool and now sings in A Perfect Circle. He was born on 17 April 1964 in Ravenna, Ohio, the only child of Judith Marie and Michael Loren Keenan, Baptist Christians.
However, his parents divorced in 1968 and he had to stay with his mother. At that time he rarely saw his father, a high school teacher who had to move to Michigan after the divorce. With this arrangement, Maynard James Keenan could see his father only once a year, and this lasted for the next 12 years of his young life.
In the meantime, his mother Judith Marie remarried, which meant that her son had a stepfather who was intolerant and showed apathy towards him. At a time when his mother’s health was deteriorating due to a debilitating brain aneurysm, he asked her to return to his father in Michigan, and it turned out that this was a decision that made Maynard what we know him for today.
Considering his educational background, Maynard James Keenan attended the Kendall College of Arts and Design in Grand Rapids before serving in the Marine Corps in the early 1980s, he attended the local high school in his hometown of Michigan.
In the military, James Keenan served as a forward observer and was known for being mentally different from his comrades. For this reason, he was given the opportunity to study at West Point Prep School, the preparatory school of the United States Military Academy, from 1983 to 1984. It was at this time in the army that he took on the nickname “Maynard”.
After completing his military service, Maynard James Keenan returned to Michigan to attend art school before moving to Los Angeles in 1988 where he became an interior designer for pet stores. Later he began working in set construction, playing bass guitar, and singing for independent bands and the Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty.
He met Adam Jones and they both formed the band Tool. Before Tool, he was a solo artist and had hits like 1st Pig and The Three Little Pigs. The Tool band had the culture of releasing an album exactly every 5 years. Their albums Undertow, Aenima, and Systema Encéphale were released every 5 years in a row. However, Maynard James Keenan later left Tool and formed another band called A Perfect Circle, which released three albums: Mer De Noms, The Thirteenth Step, and eMOTIVe.
Apart from music, the talented singer is also an entrepreneur. He owns a vineyard where he produces fine wines, the Merkin Vineyards, and Caduceus Cellars. His interest in wine can be traced back to his grandparents who made wine where they lived in northern Italy. When his mother died in 2003 from complications of an aneurysm, Maynard scattered her ashes over one of his vineyards and later renamed one of his wines after her – Cabernet Sauvignon “Nagual del Judith”.
Maynard James Keenan Net Worth
The rock band musician has an impressive career in the music industry, he earns enough money as a musician and also invests in certain selected companies. With all this, he certainly lives a wasteful lifestyle with a net worth of 60 million dollars, as the fortunes of celebrities indicate.
Family: Wife (Lei Li), His Son
Maynard has a son named Devo H. Keenan who was born in 1995. Devo sang as a background singer in Thirteenth Step, his father’s second band, the song of A Perfect Circle. He also gave a solo performance for the concert to celebrate his father’s 50th birthday.
In June 2010, it was announced that Maynard James Keenan had proposed to his girlfriend Lei Li, who is also a lab manager at Caduceus. The two lovers married on September 10, 2012, and on July 25, 2014, she gave birth to a little girl named Lei Li Agostina Maria.
The musician, born in Ravenna, has a height of 1.7 m. His musical personality is far superior to this. Since he is still working in the music industry, we will certainly be happy about further nice hits from him.