Joel Madden

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Joel Madden
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Madden performing in Sydney, Australia in September 2012
Background information
Birth nameJoel Rueben Combs
Born (1979-03-11) March 11, 1979 (age 40)
Waldorf, Maryland, U.S.
Origin La Plata, Maryland, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1995–present
Labels EMI
Associated acts Good Charlotte, The Madden Brothers

Joel Rueben Madden ( Combs; March 11, 1979) is the lead vocalist for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte, as well as a record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He is also part of the pop rock collaboration The Madden Brothers with his twin brother Benji Madden.

Pop punk is a genre of rock music that combines influences of pop music with punk rock. Fast tempos, prominent electric guitars with distortion, and power chord changes are typically played under pop-influenced melodies and vocal styles with lighthearted lyrical themes including boredom and teenage romance.

Good Charlotte American alternative rock band

Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland, that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist and vocalist Benji Madden, bassist Paul Thomas, guitarist and keyboardist Billy Martin, while drummer Dean Butterworth has been a member of the band since 2005. After a four-year-long hiatus, the band announced its comeback on November 3, 2015. The band has released seven studio albums: Good Charlotte (2000), The Young and the Hopeless (2002), The Chronicles of Life and Death (2004), Good Morning Revival (2007), Cardiology (2010),Youth Authority (2016), and Generation Rx (2018). as well as two compilations: Greatest Remixes (2008) and Greatest Hits (2010).

UNICEF development policy organization of the UN

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children and mothers in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its first chairman from 1946. On Rajchman's suggestion, the American Maurice Pate was appointed its first executive director, serving from 1947 until his death in 1965. In 1950, UNICEF's mandate was extended to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words "international" and "emergency" were dropped from the organization's name, making it simply the United Nations Children's Fund, retaining the original acronym, "UNICEF".


Early life

Madden was born Joel Rueben Combs in Waldorf, Maryland, the son of Robin Madden and Roger Combs. [1] He has an identical twin, Benji Madden, who plays guitar and sings backing vocals in their band, Good Charlotte. He also has an older brother named Josh Madden who also works in the music industry, and a younger sister named Sarah Madden. [1] Madden attended La Plata High School.

Waldorf, Maryland Census-designated place in Maryland, United States

Waldorf is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Charles County, Maryland, United States. It is 23 miles (37 km) south-southeast of Washington, D.C. The population of the census-designated area was 67,752 at the 2010 census. Waldorf was settled before 1900 as a rural crossroads with a train station and was called "Beantown" after a local family.

Benji Madden American musician

Benjamin Levi Madden is an American guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. He is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the band Good Charlotte, as well as pop rock collaboration The Madden Brothers. He formed both of these acts with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden. Benji was a coach on The Voice Australia from 2015-16 with his brother Joel.

La Plata High School

La Plata High School is part of the Charles County Public Schools and is located in La Plata, Maryland, United States. The current school was built in 1979. Before that, it was in the building which now holds Milton M. Somers Middle School.


Good Charlotte

From left to right: Paul Thomas, Joel Madden, Benji Madden, Dean Butterworth, and Billy Martin. GoodcharlotteinKL.JPG
From left to right: Paul Thomas, Joel Madden, Benji Madden, Dean Butterworth, and Billy Martin.

In 1995, at the age of 16, Joel Madden, his brother Benji, and a friend started their own band. The band was short-lived and the Maddens eventually recruited fellow high schoolers Paul Thomas, Aaron Escolopio, and Billy Martin to form their current band Good Charlotte. They took the name Good Charlotte from the children's book, Good Charlotte: Girls of the Good Day Orphanage, by Carol Beach York. [2]

Other projects

In the 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie , Joel and the other Good Charlotte members made a cameo as the band at the school's prom. He later had a cameo role in the 2004 film Fat Albert and in the 2006 film Material Girls with his brother Benji. He also had a guest appearance in the hit Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band , in which he joined the band for a performance.

<i>Not Another Teen Movie</i> 2001 film by Joel Gallen

Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 American teen comedy film directed by Joel Gallen and written by Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, and Buddy Johnson. It features an ensemble cast including Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Eric Christian Olsen, Eric Jungmann, Mia Kirshner, Deon Richmond, Cody McMains, Sam Huntington, Samm Levine, Cerina Vincent, Ron Lester, Randy Quaid, Lacey Chabert, and Riley Smith.

<i>Fat Albert</i> (film) 2004 film by Joel Zwick

Fat Albert is a 2004 American live-action/animated comedy film based on the 1972 Filmation/Group W animated television series of the same name created by Bill Cosby. Kenan Thompson stars as the title character. Fat Albert transforms the cartoon characters into three-dimensional humans, who have to come to grips with the differences that exist between their world and the real world.

<i>Material Girls</i> 2006 film by Martha Coolidge

Material Girls is a 2006 American teen comedy film starring Hilary and Haylie Duff, Anjelica Huston, Lukas Haas, Maria Conchita Alonzo, and Brent Spiner. It is based on a script written by John Quaintance and is directed by Martha Coolidge. It is loosely based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility, updating the setting to modern Los Angeles. It is co-produced by Patriot Pictures and Maverick Films.

Madden started a clothing line called MADE Clothing along with his brothers Benji and Josh. The line is now defunct. In early 2006 MADE Clothing became DCMA Collective. The line is owned by Joel, his brothers Benji Madden, Josh Madden, and friend Tal Cooperman. The Madden brothers also front a production team called Dead Executives.

DCMA Collective

DCMA Collective is an American "lifestyle brand" clothing company owned by Benji and Joel Madden, from the band Good Charlotte, their older brother Josh Madden and friend Tal Cooperman.

The Dead Executives are a record production and songwriting team, composed of brothers Joel and Benji Madden and Jason "Jay E" Epperson. The group often collaborates with many major and new artists in their songs. Some artists they have collaborated with are J-Kwon, Jung Tru, Young Dre The Truth, Three 6 Mafia, and Murphy Lee. The Dead Executives songs usually have Joel Madden singing or saying the name of the group in the background.

In November 2007, Nicole Richie and Madden created The Richie Madden Children's Foundation. The charity will create and promote an online registry to inspire the purchases of items for moms and their families in need. [3] He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2010, with his brother, Madden contributed to "We Are the World 25 for Haiti," a remake of the song "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

Nicole Richie American television personality, musician, actress, and author

Nicole Camille Richie is an American television personality, fashion designer, author, socialite, model and actress. Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons. The Simple Life was a hit for the Fox network, premiering with 13 million viewers. Richie's personal life attracted significant media attention during The Simple Life's five-year run, and she was a constant fixture of tabloid journalism before and after her appearance.

We Are the World 25 for Haiti 2010 Artists for Haiti song

"We Are the World 25 for Haiti" is a charity single recorded by the supergroup Artists for Haiti in 2010. It is a remake of the 1985 hit song "We Are the World", which was written by American musicians Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and was recorded by USA for Africa to benefit famine relief in Africa. Initially, in late 2009, it had been suggested to Richie and Quincy Jones—producer of the original "We Are the World"—that a re-cut version of the song be re-released under the title "Live 25". Following the magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake in Haiti, which devastated the area and killed thousands of people, it was agreed that the song would be re-recorded by new artists, in the hope that it would reach a new generation and help benefit the people of Haiti.

Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer

Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He was also known for his philanthropy, charitable fundraising, and lifestyle, residing in a private amusement park he called Neverland Ranch and often becoming the focus of tabloid scrutiny. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

On November 23, 2011, Madden was confirmed as one of the four vocal coaches in the first season of the Australian version of the reality singing competition The Voice . [4] His brother, Benji Madden was later his mentor on the show. Joel continued on as a coach in seasons two and three with Benji joining Joel as a coach on season 4 in 2015. Because of his commitments to The Voice Australia , he relocated to Sydney.

Joel is featured in Blood on the Dance Floor's fifth studio album on the track "Incomplete and All Alone" released on June 19, 2012. The track was available for free download with pre-orders of the album. [5]

In 2012, he joined the 11th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers. [6]

In 2013, he also provided songwriting and production assistance to the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer on their first album. He has also helped write songs with them again for their later album Sounds Good Feels Good .

Joel featured in Alex Kunnari & Heikki L's single "City of Sin", released on July 12, 2013. [7]

Joel is now in a pop rock duo with his brother Benji called The Madden Brothers. They released the record "Greetings from California" on September 16, 2014. The album title Greetings from California comes from a conversation that the brothers had over breakfast one morning where they were reminiscing over how far they had come since the days of making music in their bedrooms. [8]

In 2015, he appears as guest in the American TV series Empire .

The Voice Australia

From the beginning of the show in 2012 to the end of the fifth season in 2016, Joel was a coach on The Voice Australia . He was also a coach with his brother Benji for The Voice Kids. In 2013, Joel won the Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent for his role as coach on the program.

Personal life

Madden with Nicole Richie in March 2010. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden @ 2010 Academy Awards.jpg
Madden with Nicole Richie in March 2010.

In July 2004, a 25-year-old Madden began dating teen idol Hilary Duff when she was 16. [9] After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff's mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine . [10] In November 2006, Madden and Duff broke up. [11]

Madden started dating Nicole Richie in December 2006. [12] They have two children: daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden (born January 11, 2008) [13] and son Sparrow James Midnight Madden (born September 9, 2009). [14] The couple confirmed their engagement in February 2010, [15] and married on December 11, 2010. Joel's brother Benji is married to actress Cameron Diaz. [16] Madden has residences in both Los Angeles and Sydney.

Madden has a trademark habit of chewing toothpicks [17] to help reduce the number of cigarettes he smokes a day. [18]

Growing up in Maryland, Madden and his brother became big fans of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins.[ citation needed ]


With Good Charlotte

With The Madden Brothers

Guest appearances

2015"Bail Me Out" (featuring Joel Madden) All Time Low Future Hearts
2013"City of Sin" (featuring Joel Madden)Alex Kunnari & Heikki L
2012"Incomplete And All Alone" (featuring Joel Madden) Blood on the Dance Floor (R)evolution
2011"Lost" (featuring Joel Madden)Chae Hawk
2010"Auto-Tune the News #11 – Pure Poppycock." (featuring Joel Madden) The Gregory Brothers
2009"Sulla Mia Pelle" Lost Sospeso
2008"Workin'" Young Dre The Truth
"Elevator" Junior Sanchez
"My Own Way"/"My Own Way" (Remix) Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk
"I'm the One" Bizzy Bone A Song for You
"LA Girls" Mams Taylor
2007"No More Cryin'" J-Kwon
2005"Tired" Tommy Lee Tommyland: The Ride
"Let's Go" X-Ecutioners
2004"Are You Ready?" Hazen Street Hazen Street
"All That"
"Jump" N*E*R*D Fly or Die
2002"You Don't Mean Anything" Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls

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