Maynard James Keenan
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For someone like Maynard James Keenan, his music career would have never budded if not for his mother’s decision to have him stay with his father as her health worsened. Find out here, all that played out on this rock musicians way to stardom.

Bio Of Maynard James Keenan

Maynard James Keenan also addressed as 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 17th April 1964 in Ravenna, Ohio as an only child of Judith Marie and Michael Loren Keenan, Christians in the Baptist denomination.

His parents however divorced in the year 1968 and he had to stay with his mother. At this time, he rarely saw his father; a high school teacher who had to move to Michigan following the divorce. Maynard James Keenan, with this arrangement, could only see his father once in a whole year and this lingered on for the next 12 years of his young life.

Meanwhile, his mother Judith Marie remarried and this saw her son having a stepfather that was intolerant and showed apathy toward him. At a time when his mother’s health was becoming bad due to a paralyzing cerebral aneurysm, he enjoined him to go back to his father in Michigan and it turned out to be a decision which helped Maynard become what we know him for today.

Looking at his educational background, Maynard James Keenan attended Kendall College of Arts and Design in Grand Rapids prior to which he had served in the Marine Corps in the early 1980s, he attended the local high school in his native Michigan.

In the military, James Keenan served as a forward observer and was known to be distinguished mentally from his peers. Because of this, he was given the opportunity to study at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (West Point Prep School) from 1983 to 1984. It was at this time in the army that he adopted the moniker “Maynard.”

After completing his enlistment time in the military, Maynard James Keenan moved back to Michigan to attend an art school before relocating to Los Angeles in 1988 where he took up interior designing for pet stores as a profession. At a later time, he began working in set constructions, playing the bass guitar and singing for independent bands as well as the Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty.

Maynard James Keenan
Keenan, left, with Tool

He met Adam Jones and they both formed the band called Tool. Prior to Tool, he was a solo artist and had hit songs like 1st Pig and The Three Little Pigs. The band Tool had a culture of releasing an album exactly every 5 years. Undertow, AEnima, and Systema Encéphale their albums all came out 5 years after each other. Maynard James Keenan would however later leave Tools and formed another band called A Perfect Circle which had to its credit 3 albums; Mer De Noms, The Thirteenth Step, and eMOTIVe.

Other than music, the talented singer is also an entrepreneur. He has a vineyard from where he produces fine wines called Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars. His interest in wines can be traced back to his grandparents who made wine where they lived in Northern Italy. When his mother died in 2003 from aneurysm complications, Maynard scattered her ashes over one of his vineyards and later renamed one of his wines after her – Cabernet Sauvignon “Nagual del Judith.”

Net Worth

The rock band musician is having an impressive career in the music industry, he is making enough money as a musician and is also investing in certain select businesses. With all these, he is certainly living a lavish lifestyle with a net worth of $60 million as reported by celebrity net worth.

Family: Wife (Lei Li), His Son

Maynard has a son named Devo H. Keenan who was born in 1995. Devo 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.

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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.


The Ravenna-born musician has a height of 1.7 m. His personality as a musician definitely towers more than this. Being that he is still active in the music industry, we are sure to be delighted with more beautiful hits from him.

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