Rock music maestro, Maynard James Keenan would not have been a name to reckon with in the music industry if he had had his way earlier in his life. His career would have never budded if not for his mother’s decision to have him stay with his father as her health worsened. Today, he is the frontman of three powerful rock bands and a business owner.
Also known as James Herbert Keenan, the rocker has greatly registered his name in the memory lane of American rock music history through his successful endeavors in the music scene. Not only has he achieved huge success as a singer and songwriter, but he has also made a name for himself in the business (winemaking) sector.
Added to his music enterprise, his uncanny business acumen has made him ply his trade in multiple ventures from which he has racked up millions of dollars. Beyond being famous as a music magnate, Maynard James Keenan is not one to readily dispense details about his personal life or family. He abhors celebrity culture and has a reputation for being reclusive and controlling his public image. Nevertheless, we have rounded juicy details about the celebrated musician and winemaker below, just for you.
How Maynard James Keenan Makes His Money
Maynard James Keenan dons many hats effortlessly and excellently. He is an American musician, songwriter, rock singer, music producer, and winemaker. Despite an educational background in arts and design from the Kendall College of Arts and Design in Grand Rapids and a stint in the military in the early 1980s, Keenan has forged a successful career as a musician, businessman, and entrepreneur. He was also an accomplished athlete in Mason County Central High School. The multi-talented artist has been able to translate all these experiences into a successful wine business and powerful music career.
The Ravena-born musician struck a deal with fame in 1990 when he co-founded the rock band, Tool, with Adam Jones, in Los Angeles. With fame also came financial benefits and an increase in earning power. His impressive vocals and excellent guitar skills further paved a way for the numerous achievements he has made in his musical career.
By the time Tool took off, Keenan had already put in time as a farmer, a printmaker, an artillery surveyor, an organizer of pet-stores, solo artist, construction worker, and more; a true gig economy ambassador and a multitasker per excellence.
Tool had a culture of releasing an album exactly every 5 years, with the exception of their fifth album, Fear Inoculum, which dropped in 2019, 13 long years after the fourth. Their 4 albums Undertow (1993), AEnima which won 1998 won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, Systema Encéphale (aka Lateralus), and 10,000 Days (2006), all came out 5 years after each other. The third album peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart in its debut week, and one of its singles, Schism earned Tool their second Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance of 2001.
Besides the Grammy wins and nominations, Tool albums have been certified platinum many times over in many different countries. In 2016, it earned the No. 2 spot on the “Hot Tour tally based on $3.3 million in sales from three venues on its 2016 tour through U.S. markets.”
Keenan formed another band, an art-rock supergroup called A Perfect Circle in 1999, with guitarist, Billy Howerdel. A Perfect Circle has to its credit 3 albums; Mer De Noms in 2000, The Thirteenth Step (2003), and eMOTIVe (2004). He is also the frontman of a third band, the gonzo musical collective known as Puscifer, which is also considered a pseudonym for his solo work. It has also released three studio albums.
Other than music, the talented musician has laid his eggs in diverse baskets, including oenological arts. His side project, Puscifer is also a clothing line, with merch available for purchase on the band’s website. He has also invested in certain other select businesses most notably winemaking, with two wineries, Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars from where he produces fine wines. He is also a partner in Stronghold Vineyards, an 80-acre site that produces affordable wines.
Maynard James Keenan is also an actor with appearances in several films and comedy shows such as Crank: High Voltage, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Mr. Show. His authorized biography, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things (2016) is a perfect definition of the beautiful diversity that is his life. With all these, he is certainly living a lavish lifestyle, with a net worth of $60 million as reported by celebrity net worth.
What We Know About His Wife and Son
Maynard James Keenan, though himself an only child born to Judith Marie and a wrestling high school coach, Michael Loren Keenan on April 17, 1964, is now the father of two. Coming from a broken home, he spent some parts of his childhood under his stepfather, David Garrison, who didn’t appreciate him. At a time when his mother’s health began to deteriorate due to a paralyzing cerebral aneurysm, she enjoined him to go back to his father in Michigan, a decision which helped him become what we know him for today. His mom died in June 2003.
Maynard has a son named Devo H. Keenan who was born on August 5, 1995. Devo just like his father, is also a musician. He sang as a backing vocalist in Thirteenth Step, his father’s second band, A Perfect Circle’s song. He also gave a solo performance for his father’s 50th birthday celebration concert. His mother, Jennifer Brena Ferguson is the subject of A Perfect Circle’s song, Brena. Keenan reportedly married her in 2003 but it appears the couple split shortly after.
In June 2010, it was announced that Maynard James Keenan proposed to his girlfriend Lei Li who is also Caduceus lab manager. The two lovers got married on the 10th of September 2012 and on July 25, 2014, she bore him a baby girl named Lei Li Agostina Maria.