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Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds and Nico Vega's Aja Volkman-Reynolds' Weirdly Perfect Romance

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Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 4:30 AM

click to enlarge GREG PAPAZIAN
  • Greg Papazian
The rock and roll fairy tale has more to do with booze-fueled, groupie-filled nights than it does babies and happily-ever-after romances. But for Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman-Reynolds, the latter is proving to be true.

At first glance the pair are a bit of an odd couple, Reynolds towering over Volkman-Reynolds' tiny frame. Yet moments into observing their quirky compatibility, the pair are completely charming. Both serve as lead singers of separate rock bands, he with indie outfit Imagine Dragons and she with L.A. favorites Nico Vega. The two met in 2010 after playing at Wasted Space in Las Vegas, where they performed on the same bill. While they felt an immediate spark, marriage wasn't exactly on either of their radars.

"It seemed that music was the only link we had. But as we got to know each other on a more personal level, we found that we had so many similarities in our hearts that it was scary. I never had met someone who I connected to so instantly. Everything about her captivated me. I needed to know her," says Reynolds.

They've been married a year and a half and are expecting their first child next month -- which coincides with Imagine Dragons' rise to commercial success. After signing to Interscope subsidary KIDinaKORNER records, the group's anthemic first single "It's Time" continues to climb the Billboard Alternative chart. With a recent appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, an upcoming gig at Paramount Studios tonight and their debut full-length album Night Visions due out September 4th, Imagine Dragons are charging ahead.

But where does a family fit into the burgeoning success of a rock band?

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