Best known as a founder of Cake, a Sacramento-based alternative rock band, this singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and percussionist also championed environmental and social activist causes.
Before forming Cake, he recorded music with a group called John McCrea and the Roughousers. His first album with Cake, Motorcade of Generosity, was released in 1994.
His band's album Comfort Eagle and song "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" were nominated for several California Music Awards.
He was born and raised in Sacramento, California.
He and Ben Folds collaborated on a track titled "Fred Jones, Part 2."