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American singer/guitarist James Hetfield performs with Metallica at the "Leeds Festival" in Leeds on August 22, 2008. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Metallica.

James Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963, in Downey, Los Angeles County, California. He is of English, German, and Irish descent.

Hetfield's father, Virgil (a truck driver who later left the family) and mother, Cynthia (a light opera singer) were strict adherents to Christian Science, and accordingly, much of James' young life revolved around Christian Science.

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