On the latest addition of The Fallen State, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson interviews Brian Head Welch, guitarist for Grammy award-winning band, Korn, who opens up about his life, addiction, parenting, and God.
Welch, also a New York Times best-selling author, joined Jesse Lee Peterson to talk about his fourth book, “With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn.”
In this compelling interview, Welch opens up about the dark side of the music industry, his struggle with addiction, on being a single father, on managing money, God, and releasing the anger and pain that had him searching for love in all the wrong things.
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Welch was better known by the stage name Head and best known as one of the guitarists and co-founder of the metal band Korn as well as his solo project Love and Death.
In one part of his life, Welch stated he was dying inside and attempted to kill the pain with drugs and alcohol and it was affecting his life and his marriage and said in a previous interview with CBN, “I’d go home and me and my ex-wife would do drugs and fight.”
Then, his wife left him and his daughter, Jeanea, and they eventually divorced. Welch went on a journey after he heard his daughter singing, Adidas in which the song meant that all day, I dream about sex and felt bitter and saddened.
Welch walked away from the band in 2005, became a Christian by being baptized in the Jordan River, and started his new journey. By chance, he went into real estate with two partners who happened to be Christians and one day, he told them, the partners told him, “Come to me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
“‘Could Jesus be real?’ I was thinking in my mind, was this guy not just a goody, goody? Could there really be a God, and is He calling me? I looked up that scripture and I wanted it to be true, Welsh said.
“So we went to the service… and the music came on and all these people went up to the front and started praying, “said Welch. I remember perfectly. I was clear…I said, ‘Lord, If you’re real like that guy says, please take these drugs from me. I can’t quit, I don’t want to do them, but I can’t stop. I want to be here for Jeanea. She lost her mom to drugs. I need your help, Just help me. Help, help me God.’ I said it from my heart.”
“To tell you the truth, God was real,” Brian said. “He revealed himself to me, kept revealing Himself to me, and I felt his presence at my house. He’s speaking to my kid and all this crazy stuff is happening, and that’s all that mattered to me. I was OK. This band stuff, the stardom, I mean everything, it doesn’t matter anymore. It’s God. He’s so real. I don’t care what I do the rest of my life.”
“The Fallen State” TV with host Jesse Lee Peterson, a weekly TV talk show that examines human nature and relationships in an honest and open manner in order to free people from the fallen state that most are stuck in.
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