David Michael Draiman (born March 13, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Jewish American musician. He is a songwriter and the lead singer for the band Disturbed, from Chicago, Illinois.

Education and personal life

After attending Yeshiva High School at the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study in Milwaukee, he also went to South Shore High School in Brooklyn, the Fasman Yeshiva High School and Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago, and Valley Torah High School in North Hollywood, California, he spent the 1991-1992 academic year at the Neveh Zion Yeshiva in Telz-Stone, Jerusalem. Draiman then triple majored in Business Administration, Philosophy and Political Science at Loyola University.[1]When Draiman was sixteen years old, he experienced the suicide of a girlfriend. He was hurt by this and later wrote a song about it, titled "Inside the Fire", which appeared on the 2008 album Indestructible.[2] He claims he is libertarian.[3] David has a younger brother named Benjamin "Ben" Draiman whose musical style is more folk rock and ambient.

Musical career

Draiman was seriously considering law school before he auditioned for the band after finding an ad in an Illinois newspaper. The audition was for Brawl, their previous singer, Erich Awalt, having left the band. He joined in 1996, changing the band name to Disturbed. He originally left his family and beliefs behind to become a rock star, which upset his grandfather who was a Holocaust survivor. Draiman later produced the album Believe as a response to his grandfather's death.

In 2006, Draiman was added to the Hit Parader "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" at number 42.[4] Draiman is known for his trademark growls in many Disturbed songs.



Perfect Insanity EP (1998)
Stupify EP (1998)
The Sickness (2000)
Believe (2002)
Ten Thousand Fists (2005)
Indestructible (2008)


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