by Laura Long, CelebrateKnoxville.com. Former Korn co-founder, guitarist Brian “Head” Welch released his new single “Paralyzed” on October 4, 2011 and already the song is creating a buzz on iTunes.
In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Welch told CelebrateKnoxville.com that the full length album will be coming out in Spring 2012 and that he will likely release one more single before the album drops.
“We are stoked about it,” Welch said, adding that next year’s tour will likely include stops in South America and Europe as well as an extensive U.S. leg. “It’s a work in progress. I’m working with others to develop this new material. It’s good. It gives us an opportunity to get some outside influences.”
Welch, who co-founded the Grammy-award winning, multi-platinum band Korn, left the band in 2005 to focus on recovery from drug addiction. Although he is no longer a part of Korn, Head has continued on with a solo music career.
Welch said that times have changed for musicians reaching out and building new audiences, but he enjoys the challenge.
“I enjoy social media and all the new ways we have to connect to fans,” he said, speaking about his Twitter and Facebook posts. “I get a wide range of people that show up to say something. It’s totally real and not censored and I like that.”
Moving from California to Nashville (along with his teenage daughter), was a bit of a culture shock for Welch, but he takes it in stride.
“I can fit in anywhere,” he said.
Welch credits Jesus Christ with his recovery from addiction and openly shares that experience onstage at performances.
“My message is simple,” he said. “I want people to know that God is real and Jesus is real.”
Listen to the new single at this link http://soundcloud.com/brian-head-welch/brian-head-welch-paralyzed/s-iWe97.
Brain Welch performs at The Square Room, Knoxville. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.