|Also known as: Dez Fafara
Born on: 12.05.1966
Bradley James 'Dez' Fafara (born May 12, 1966) is the current vocalist for DevilDriver and the ex-vocalist of Coal Chamber.
Dez is of Portuguese and Italian, specifically Sicilian descent. His father, Tiger Fafara, was a child actor on the Leave It to Beaver sitcom, playing the character "Tooey Brown."
Dez's wife is named Anahstasia, and she appears on the cover of the second Coal Chamber album Chamber Music. Dez has three sons: Tyler, Simon and Kaleb. "Tyler's Song", from the album Chamber Music, was written for Tyler. Simon, age twelve, added backing growls on DevilDriver's third album, The Last Kind Words (2007), on the song "Tirades Of Truth", during the last two lines of the chorus.
Dez has a great fondness for wine, particularly chianti.
Dez released a total of 5 albums with Coal Chamber. Three of the albums, Coal Chamber (1997), which went gold, Chamber Music (1999), and Dark Days (2002), consisted of new material. An album of remixes, rarities, and b-sides, titled Giving the Devil His Due (2003) and a "Best Of" (2004) were also released. Coal Chamber disbanded in 2003, shortly after Dez formed his current band DevilDriver. Recently, Meegs said in an interview on VM Underground that he and Dez were in their 20s when Coal Chamber were signed.
Dez refuses to talk about his earlier years with Coal Chamber but the subject of their break up was that according to Meegs in a recent interview that their relationship was tearing down.
Currently, Dez has released five studio albums, DevilDriver (2003), The Fury of Our Maker's Hand (2005), The Last Kind Words (2007), Pray For Villains (2009) and Beast, which was released February 22, 2011. DevilDriver was also nominated for a Golden God Award in 2008 for the best break-through metal band.
Dez has appeared on more than twelve soundtrack records, including Scream 3: The Album, which also went gold. He also collaborated with Ozzy Osbourne for a remake of "Shock the Monkey", a song originally by Peter Gabriel, that was released on the Coal Chamber album Chamber Music. This song propelled this record to debut 22 on the Billboard charts upon release.
Fafara recorded and provided vocals for the song "Baptized In The Redemption" on Roadrunner Records' 25th year anniversary compilation album Roadrunner United, alongside Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot) and Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, ex-Soulfly). Dez worked with Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) on a song called "Where is God Tonight?" Dez has also worked with Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual) on an early side project Viking Crown.
Dez got his first tattoo at the age of 16. He has a large assortment of tattoos, including a tribal tattoo on his chin, a Nightmare Before Christmas tattoo on his chest, the DevilDriver logo on his upper arm, and the Coal Chamber logo on his forearm.