Brian “Head” Welch from the band “Korn”: A Hardcore Hero

Cover of "Save Me From Myself"

Cover of Save Me From Myself

What do you think of when you look at this picture?  Maybe you think- “druggie, tattoo addict, crazy dude, metal head…”  In a sense you’d be right about all those!  For those of you that don’t know about him, this guy is “Brian Welch”.  He was formerly in a band named “Korn” where he was addicted to Meth-Amphetamines and basically living the wild life.  In the middle of having great success, which was a success laced with the miseries of addiction and broken relationships, a concerned friend invited him to a gathering of Jesus maniacs.  He went from being what many in evangelical middle America may think “unreachable” to being a complete radical follower of Jesus.  He’s now dedicated to raising his daughter Jennea as a single father.

Significantly, and perhaps most importantly, upon his resignation from Korn, Head made clear to the music world that he had not retired from the music and entertainment industry. With his newfound calling, Head is committed to changing the youth of this nation through his music and other entertainment ventures. In this regard, Head penned an autobiography of his life, picked up and released by Harper Collins Publishers in July 2007, entitled, “Save Me From Myself.” Head gained further acclaim as a successful author, when the book quickly hit the New York Times Best Seller List (non-fiction). In his memoir, Head talks for the first time about his shocking embrace of God, and the tumultuous decade of drug and alcohol addiction that led him to his faith, where he was completely healed of his addictions.

Heads debut album also entitled, “Save Me From Myself,” is a testimony of his life as he battled with drug and alcohol addiction, leaving KoRn, and finding spirituality. His debut album is a heavy metal epic, with a positive message. It will leave no doubt in everyones mind that Head, as a founding member of KoRn, has not lost his passion for the metal sound that originally helped make his former band famous. The Debut Album is set for release September 09, and features renown musicians such as Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, David Bowie), Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Evanescence, Nine Inch Nails). The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Ralph Patlan, and Head himself. (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71567529987)

In addition to using hardcore music as a vehicle to be a spiritual voice, Head has also adopted 215 kids in India who are orphans/refugees.  See video here for his ironic, independently filmed version of MTV’s “Cribs” (quite the anti-materialistic opposite!): http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71567529987

So I want to say to all my musician/artist friends who feel that they’re at a dead end- that there is hope through the gospel and saving power of Jesus Christ.  And I love it even more as we see in Brian’s example that Jesus doesn’t wish to turn you into some religious pawn, but actually wants to take you as you are with all of your passions, personality and style and purify you.  What will be the result?  An actual fulfillment!  You won’t have to use your creative gifts anymore to feed your empty narcissism, but can actually use them to promote love and peace in a hurting world.  Real followers of Jesus don’t just merely try to proselytize everyone, but desire to do work that changes the world for the better (all of course pointing to the crucified Jesus as a substitute for our sin as the motivating reason).  Those that really know Jesus don’t just push conversion, but really wish that all would come to know Him and are willing to give all for that.

My hipster friends- who are creative artists, writers, bar-flies, French-press coffee junkies, philosophers and minstrels- don’t waste your life in a pool of self-pity and destruction.  Many of you are about to be faced with some tough decisions- will you completely sell out your ideals like many ex-hippies of the 60’s did and fall into greed and materialism?  Will you give it all up and become a junkie living on the streets?  Will you give into religious hypocrisy like some of your parents did?  Will you lead a double life- appearing like a responsible adult to those whom you can manipulate, while all the while secretly venturing into the dens of brokenness and misdirection while no one is looking? Read the Bible for yourself and tap into the most uncool non-conformist thing out there- a righteous life lived through Jesus Christ!  And if your heart is truly open- He will irresistibly draw you to Himself.

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