Brian “Head” Welch found his musical calling at age eleven when he picked up his first guitar. Voracious practicing and a steady diet of hard rock classics filled the ensuing years, and shortly after high school, he co-founded a metal band named Korn. The band soon became a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum act that shot to the top tier of the rock world and dominated the new metal movement of the late Nineties. For his efforts with Korn, Brian received six Grammy nominations, winning two, while selling some 40 million records worldwide.

As Korn continued to reach new creative and commercial heights, Brian found himself drowning in the excesses of rock and roll. Far from immune to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Head became addicted to crystal meth, spiraling out of control even while continuing to sell millions of albums. He gamely but unsuccessfully tried to balance his career and his obligations as a single father to his daughter Jennea. In 2005, he resigned from Korn and surrendered his life totally to Jesus Christ.

Brian redirected his energy toward growing as a Christian, learning to love as a better father, and starting a new musical career. We first met Brian at Cornerstone Festival back in 2010. What stood out in meeting him then, and knowing him more closely now, was and is his relational intimacy with Jesus. Brian has known success and failure, extreme highs and cave-like lows.

Eight years after leaving Korn, Brian sensed God calling him back to the band he had once co-founded, now not only as a guitar player, but as a witness. An example to those he had once been closest to, and to millions more caught up in many of the same things that once marked who he was. Brian’s life and story is testimony to the power of God reconciling the hearts of men in the least likely of circumstances. Brian tours the world for a living, while also balancing the precarious act of being a full-time single father. He relentlessly loves people with a connectedness that spells time spent well with Jesus.

What stands out about Brian now is not his former, or current success but his friendship with the King of the Universe.

Please welcome Brian “Head” Welch to the Come&Live! Family of artists where - together - we are revolutionizing the world for Jesus.

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