Known from movies
|Fact||Is the lead singer of the alternative metal band ‘Mudvayne’.|
Early life, family, educational background
American songwriter, musician and singer Chad gray, was born on October 16, 1971 in Latham, Illinois, USA. He is the co-founder and lead singer of heavy metal band Hellyeah, and is also known as Kud, Helvis, and Chüd. He was born to Mitzi Gray and Dan Gray but was raised by Betty Rau, his grandmother. On Hellyeah’s DVD ‘Below the Belt’ he talked about how his grandmother supported him by taking him to choir rehearsals and performances.
He earned $40,000 a year while working at a tire factory in Firestone – the company became notorious for fitting faulty tires to Ford Explorers, which caused the vehicles to roll.
He told the Peoria Journal Star, “I had a job that paid well, and I wasn’t actually living my life…I wasn’t following the dream in my heart.” He resigned and moved to Peoria, adding that he had no savings as he had spent all his money on useless crap like pinwheels, gum and beer.
After quitting his job at the factory, he founded Mudvayne in 1996. The band released five studio albums – “LD 50” in 2000, “The End of All Things to Come” in 2002, in 2005 “Lost and Found” released, “The New Game” in 2008 and 2009, “Mudvayne.” “Lost and Found”, reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart and their single – “Happy?” – reached number one on the US Mainstream Rock- hit list.
He wrote “Death Blooms” in praise of his grandmother’s struggle with her illness, believing his grandmother felt neglected towards the end of her life.
In 2004, their song “Silenced/Not Falling” was in the video game “Backyard Wrestling 2” and “Determined” appeared in “Need for Speed: Underground 2”. In 2007, “Happy?” played in “MX vs. ATV Untamed.” In 2007 their compilation album ‘By the People, for the People’ was released.
Their EPs include “Kill, and I Oughtta” in 1997, “The Beginning of All Things to End” in 2001, and “Live Bootleg” in 2003.
Chad Gray and Tom Maxwell, former Nothingface guitarist, teamed up to create another band, Coldwhitechrist, but the project never quite took off due to Chad’s commitments to Mudvayne.
After working with Tom, Mudvayne and Nothingface decided to tour together, and on the 2000 Tattoo the Earth tour, they discussed forming a supergroup. Although their busy schedules prevented them from immediately pursuing anything, they came up with five possible band names and in 2006 Hellyeah formed in Dallas, Texas. The American heavy metal group consisted of Chad Gray as lead vocalist, Tom Maxwell and Christian Brady as guitarists, Roy Mayorga as drummer and Kyle Sanders as bassist.
Greg Tribbett, Mudvayne’s guitarist, approached Tom and asked to join the band. Nothingface’s drummer, Tommy Sickles, was the original drummer, but it didn’t work out, so they looked for a new drummer.
They tried to convince Vinnie Paul, the former drummer of Pantera and Damageplan. At the time, he was unsure about returning to music after the death of his brother, Dimebag Darrell, and went on hiatus for 18 months – ‘It was one of those things that I thought I’d never be a part of this again . without him.’ He said Chad and Tom contacted him and asked if he would be interested in joining the band. At first he told them he didn’t think he was ready, but they were determined. “And one night I drank some red wine and listened to some KISS on 12… and I said… let’s see what happens.” Upon joining the band, he remarked, “Everyone had their head in the right place, and that let-the-world-tear-a-new-ass attitude”.
During an interview on AOL Noisecreep’s “Creep Show,” Chad said that their fans find an escape in Hellyeah’s music: “People need this… we’re giving people relief… a night where they don’t worry about the payment of the house or car.” .’
In 2007, they released their first self-titled album, which reached number nine on the Billboard 200 chart and number three on the US Rock chart. In 2010, “Stampede” was released, which reached number eight on the Billboard 200, number three on the US Rock chart, and number two on the US Hard Rock chart. “Band of Brothers” was released in 2012 and reached number three on both the US Hard Rock and US Rock charts.
In 2014, “Blood for Blood” was released and reached number one on the US hard rock chart. “Unden!able” was released in 2016 and reached number two on the US Hard Rock chart.
In 2007, their song “You Wouldn’t Know” was featured in the video games “WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008” and “Madden NFL 08.”
Chad and Greg Tribbett often co-produce and write songs together for other artists. Man Made Machine from Phoenix released their debut album titled “Become” with “Victim” on the tracklist, a song written and produced by Chad and Greg.
They also produced Nonpoint’s sixth studio album, “Miracle” – Chad also lent his voice to the album’s title track. Other songs he has been featured in include “Falling Backwards” by Bloodsimpleand and “Monsters” by V Shape Mind. He sang “Fuck Everything” from Suicide Silence at Mitch Lucker’s Memorial Show. He has claimed that he enjoys helping other bands with their tracks more than singing and performing.
In his 2015 interview with All Access, he said, “I purposely write open-ended songs so listeners can draw a line between what I say lyrically and make it applicable to their lives.”
In 2005, Chad married Kelli Olson and they lived together in Redding, California. That same year, Rau, his grandmother, died after years of battling cancer. He dedicated “Thank You” by Hellyeah and “Death Blooms” by Mudvayne to her and her struggles. He had said that he was grateful for his grandmother’s love and that she had encouraged him to join the choir as a little boy, which led to his passion for singing.
He is divorced from Kelli Olson and is currently engaged to Shannon Gunz. She is the radio host for several Sirius XM channels, including Octane, Ozzy’s Boneyard, and Turbo. Together they have a dog, Milly.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Chad occasionally wears makeup while performing on stage. He is known for his signature growls, screams, but clean vocals.
He enjoys painting, hiking, golf, photography and does his best to eat healthy.
He has blue eyes and natural black hair, which he sometimes dyes. During performances he usually wears his hair loose, sometimes styling it in a mohawk.
Wealth and salary
Chad’s net worth is estimated to be over $5 million as of mid-2020.
|First and last name||Chad gray|
|Profession||Singer, Songwriter, Dig, Happy?, I Don’t Care Anymore|
|Parents||Mitzi Davis, Dan Davis, Dig, Happy?, I Don’t Care Anymore|
|Music groups||HELLYEAH, Mudvayne, Dig, Happy?, I don’t care anymore|
|1||Is the lead singer of the alternative metal band ‘Mudvayne’.|
|Mudvayne: Nexus.Life.Death.||2010||Writer Short: “Scream With Me”, “Heard It All Before”|
|WWE SmackDown vs RAW 2008||2007||Short Video Game Writer: “You Wouldn’t Know It”|
|Saw II||2005||writer: “Forget to remember”|
|Ghost ship||2002||writer: “Don’t fall” – as C. Gray|
|Mudvayne: Earl||2001||Short Documentary Writer: “Dig”|
|Hellyeah, Stampede: Live from Dallas||2010||Video||Helvis|
|Hellyeah: Human||2016||Video short||Himself|
|Mudvayne: Earl||2001||Documentary short||Herself (as Kud)|
|Slipknot: Welcome to our neighborhood||1999||Video short||Himself / Mudvayne singer / audience member (uncredited)|