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David Draiman


From cantor to heavy metal star, David Draiman’s journey to becoming frontman of the popular band Disturbed is unusual to say the least.

Draiman attended yeshiva, studied to be a chazzan, has a brother who lives in Israel - where he travels for vacations - and fronted a band that has sold 11 million records. Indeed, he may be the only heavy metal star in the world whose family once hoped he would become a rabbi and says he could probably still lead a High Holiday service if called upon.

Next up for Draiman is an acoustic EP and a new album from “Disturbed.” Though he now lives a secular lifestyle, Draiman is unafraid of asserting his Jewish identity through his music, for instance, by writing a song against Holocaust denial and slamming former Iranian president and noted antisemite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“I never pull any punches,” he says, “and I will never apologize for who I am or where I come from.” (Photo credit: Twitter/ David Draiman.)


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