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Shawn Crahan Bio
Shawn Crahan more commonly known by his stage persona “Clown”, is an American musician who is one of the two percussionists and co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. When performing with Slipknot, he is also known as #6.
Crahan is the oldest member of Slipknot, with extensive involvement in Slipknot’s media production, directing Slipknot’s music videos. Outside Slipknot, Crahan had two side project bands called To My Surprise and Dirty Little Rabbits. He also directed the 2016 film, Officer Downe.
Shawn Crahan Age/Height
Shawn was born in the year 1969 September 24th, he is 49 years of age and will be turning 50 years in 5 months time i.e this year 2019 Sept 24th. Crahan is 1.78m tall in height.
Shawn Crahan Family/Life
Crahan was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1969. He majored in Creative Writing. Crahan’s first band was “Modifidious”, which he was a member with former Slipknot member Joey Jordison. He also once performed in bands such as Heads on the Wall and One Cup of Fat before forming The Pale Ones, which would later become known as Slipknot.
Crahan married his wife Chantel in June 1992, in Des Moines, Iowa. They had four children together: Alexandria, Gage, Gabrielle, and Simon.
Crahan is also a filmographer and photographer, having published a Slipknot photo album “The Apocalyptic Nightmare” in 2012. In 2012, he also made his debut acting appearance in the film The Devil’s Carnival. He is also a collector of baseball cards. He is a smoker and has been willing to break the law to smoke inside venues along with other members of Slipknot, even when subject to a significant fine
Shawn Crahan Wife
Crahan married his wife Chantel in June 1992, in Des Moines, Iowa. They had four children together: Alexandria, Gage, Gabrielle, and Simon
Shawn Crahan Daughter Dead
Slipknot founder Shawn Crahan has tragically revealed that his 22-year-old daughter Gabrielle has passed away, sharing the sad news with fans
There’s nothing worse that could happen to a parent than losing a child. Sadly that’s what Slipknot founder Shawn Crahan is going through right now. He revealed in a Twitter message from the heavy metal band’s page to fans on May 19 that his 22-year-old daughter Gabrielle had died.
“It is with a broken heart, and from a place of the deepest pain, that I have to inform all of you that my youngest daughter, Gabrielle, passed away yesterday – Saturday, May 18th, 2019. She was 22 years old,” the 49-year-old musician wrote.
“Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. My family and I ask that our privacy be respected moving forward. Thank you. Much love, clown,” he concluded, adding a photo of his beautiful blonde daughter. Shawn is known to fans by his stage persona “Clown,” as the percussionist for the heavy metal band dresses in clown makeup.
Shawn and his wife Chantel have three other children, sons Simon and Gage and daughter Alexandria. 15-year-old Simon was devastated at the loss of his older sister, writing on Instagram, “Today is the hardest day ever, I’m confused, I’m angry, I’m sad and I’m just sad just really sad.
Gabri I miss you so much I miss you like no other we were best friends we had a good bond and now you’re not here anymore. I love you Gabri and I know you’ll know that forever.”
Slipknot is one of the world’s most legendary heavy metal bands. They formed in 1995 in Iowa and have sold over 20 million albums worldwide. They just performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 17, one day before Gabrielle’s passing. Her cause of death has not been released. Our thoughts are with Shawn and his family in this heartbreaking time.
Shawn Crahan Career
In June 2016, Crahan made his directing debut with the film Officer Downe based on the graphic novel Officer Downe written by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham. Crahan also directed the music video for the song “A-M-E-R-I-C-A” by Motionless In White, and “We Are” by Hollywood Undead.
In 1993, Crahan formed a metal band known as the Pale Ones with fellow musician Paul Gray, which featured himself as the band’s drummer. Wanting to expand the band’s percussion section, Crahan brought in Joey Jordison to fill in as drummer while Crahan’s efforts were focused on percussion.
The vocalist playing a second percussion kit gave the band a layered, distinctive drum sound. In 1996, they released a song known as “Slipknot”, and through Joey’s suggestion, the band changed their name to Slipknot and released their first official album. This album would later become known to the band as their demo.
As well as lending his percussion talents to the band, Crahan has also sung backing vocals on a number of songs Slipknot has both recorded and performed live. He also wrote the original draft of “Tattered & Torn,” which originally appeared on the band’s first album, Mate. Feed. Kill.
Outside Slipknot, Crahan has founded Big Orange Clown Records, a vanity label within Sanctuary Records, which has so far signed the metalcore band Gizmachi. He also acted as director for, and assembled Slipknot’s 2005 DVD, Voliminal: Inside the Nine, while the band was on hiatus.
Influence on Slipknot
Crahan has been credited with several things that Slipknot is known for, such as their large percussion section and their masks. Crahan began wearing a clown mask to rehearsals when the band was still fairly unknown, spawning the mask theme that the band is known for today.
Crahan has had several masks throughout his career with Slipknot, all of which are clown themed except for his “death mask”, which was used in the video for the song “Vermilion”. Crahan’s earliest known mask and perhaps his most referenced one is one that he used during Slipknot’s earliest self-titled album which is a happy looking clown mask, balding with long orange hair.
Shawn Crahan Net Worth
Shawn Crahan has a net worth of $10 million.
Shawn Crahan Instagram
Shawn Crahan Book
1. It’s All Clown’s Fault: Slipknot and Beyond
2. The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey
Shawn Crahan Interview
SHAWN CRAHAN REVEALS THE TRUTH BEHIND SLIPKNOT’S MUSIC: “IT’S NOT JUST PAIN OR ANGER”
Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan spoke in a recent interview with Kerrang Magazine and revealed the main inspiration sources of Slipknot’s music. He said that ‘there’s a lot of love behind Slipknot’s music – not just pain or anger’. Here’s the statement:
“If I had to give up music for, say, art, I couldn’t do it, because music is the one thing I’ve had my whole life. If I have an argument with someone I love, I have music and I have a song that represents my feelings, and I play it over and over and over again. It really simplifies your emotions.
There’s a lot of love behind Slipknot’s music – not just pain or anger. And I mean, love ends up being one of the biggest pains, you know? Also, it ends up becoming one of the easiest things to display, because we’ve all lost it, and we all feel it. The hardest thing to do is to love.
I can take the most beautiful thing and create my art and music and you would feel it. I’m not saying you would say I was making it ugly or angry or painful, but I just think that I have a staple way of presenting the temperature, feelings, colours, and emotions of my brain out into this reality.”
Shawn Crahan New Mask
Shawn Crahan Quote
“You come into this world a zero, and you leave a zero.”
Shawn Crahan Movies
1. Slipknot: Day of the Gusano
2. Officer Downe
3. The Devil’s Carnival
5. Behind the Mask