MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Biography - Musicians


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Name: Maynard James Keenan                                                       
Birth name: James Herbert Keenan                                                 
Born: 17 April 1964 Ravenna, Ohio, United States                                 
Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan on April 17, 1964) is an         
American rock singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Although originally     
from Ohio, Keenan spent his high school years in Michigan and, after serving in   
the Army in the early 1980s, he attended Kendall College of Art and Design in     
Grand Rapids. He relocated to Los Angeles , California in 1988 to work in         
interior design and set construction, but soon found himself in the music         
Keenan is best known as the lead singer of the rock bands Tool, with whom he has 
released four studio albums, and A Perfect Circle, with whom he has released     
three studio albums. In 2003, he created Puscifer as a side project, financing   
and releasing its first studio album in October 2007. In addition to his music   
career, he has performed improvisational stand-up comedy, having been inspired   
to do so by close friend Bill Hicks. Enjoying a family trade of winemaking, he   
currently resides in Arizona where he owns Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars. 
He is also a partner in the Los Angeles restaurant Cobras & Matadors. Since       
rising to fame, Keenan has been a noted recluse, though he does emerge to help   
support charitable causes.