Joel Rueben Madden (born Joel Rueben Combs; March 11, 1979) is an American singer, record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, best known as the lead vocalist and front-man for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte. Madden was born Joel Rueben Combs in Waldorf, Maryland. He has an identical twin brother, Benji Madden, who plays rhythm guitar and backing vocals in their band, Good Charlotte. He also has an older brother named Josh Madden who to works in the music industry and a younger sister named Sarah Madden. Madden attended La Plata High School. In 1995, at the age of 16, Joel Madden, his brother Benji and a friend started their own band. The band was short lived and the Maddens eventually recruited fellow high schoolers Paul Thomas and Aaron Escolopio to form their current band Good Charlotte. They took the name Good Charlotte from a children's book.
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