Cool Dad Job: Frontman
Latest Cool Dad Achievement: Welcoming child number four.
It is a fact universally acknowledged that kids love Imagine Dragons. Maybe it’s the big beats. Maybe it’s the singable refrains. Maybe it’s the bounciness, but bops like “Believer” resonate in the eardrums of children. Fortunately, this isn’t exactly devil music. Reynolds, the band’s lead singer, is one of the most thoughtful people working in music, an advocate for LGBTQ youth (especially in the context of Mormonism, the faith in which he was raised), his fellow singers’ dignity (his support of Kesha has been nothing short of profound), and tighter gun legislation (he’s publicly proposed a benefit concert for organizations working on the issue). This year he and his wife, singer Aja Volkman, welcomed a baby boy they named Valentine to honor those killed during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, which occurred in his hometown of Las Vegas. Big-hearted? Yes. Big star? Absolutely.