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By Leann Callaway, Special to the Baptist Standard
Published: July 20, 2012
MIDLAND—When Brian “Head” Welch left the heavy metal band Korn in 2005, the announcement triggered significant speculation as people wondered what led the rock star out of the darkness and into the light.

During his tenure as Korn’s guitarist, the group earned Grammy awards and sold more than 30 million albums internationally, but Welch paid a high price for success. Wild parties, drugs and alcohol made his life spin out of control and left him feeling completely empty inside.

No matter what he did, nothing could fill the void in his life—until he found Jesus.

Welch had an eye-opening experience of what his life was becoming after his wife no longer could care for their young daughter because of the effects of drugs.

Desperate to find help, Welch visited a church service.

“I remember crying out to God that night saying: ‘Jesus, if you are real like that pastor said, then you’ve got to take these drugs from me.  Come into my life. Come into my heart. Search me right now. Search my heart. You know that I want to quit these drugs. You know that I want to be a good dad to this kid. She is going to lose me if I don’t quit. I need your help.'”

During the weeks that followed, Welch continued performing with Korn and struggled with his decision to give his life to Christ. However, Welch knew he needed to change his lifestyle and come clean. One day while praying about his decision, he felt compelled to throw out all his drugs and quit the band.

Realizing he had been given a second chance at life, Welch wanted to spend it living for Christ.

“When Christ came into my life, I gained a new understanding of life,” Welch said. “We were created to live for him and to be with him. It is the most incredible feeling, being exactly where you belong when you find Jesus. Contentment comes from a relationship with Christ. You do not have to look anywhere else.”

When Welch performs concerts and speaks at events, he is committed to sharing a message of hope and redemption. He will perform Aug. 2 at Rock the Desert in Midland.

“I want people to know that there is more than this world,” Welch said. “Everyone lives for here and now, but these years are flying by so fast. If people would take their eyes off of this world and onto eternity, how different things would be. It’s crazy how everyone is so focused on this place that is quickly fading away. Obviously, you can still enjoy life, but you need that foundation of eternity and focusing on the things to come.”

Welch has written several books about his transformation through Christ, including Save Me From Myself and Washed By Blood. He also has written a devotional book, Stronger: 40 Days of Metal and Spirituality. His music also is featured in the faith-based film, Hardflip, and he recently shared his testimony on a commercial for I Am Second.

“My favorite thing to do is talk about the Lord,” Welch said. “But if I go to a rock concert or hang out with friends who aren’t Christians, I know when to stop talking, just be a friend and let them see a change in me. I’m blessed to be alive today and to be able to tell others about how Jesus has changed my life. If he can do that for me, then he can do that for anyone.

“I’m not perfect by any means, and I still have struggles, but I’m so much happier than I’ve ever been in my whole life—even on my bad days. My life has changed in every single way, definitely for the better. I went through some tough times to get to where I’m at today, but looking back, I think that I had to go through the pain to get to the peace.

“Now, I want to be able to walk through any circumstance in life and be strong in the Lord. In order to get to that place, you have to go through many trials. It says in Psalm 56:3, ‘When I am afraid, I will trust in the Lord.’ I think that’s the mark of true maturity.”


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Legal counsel for both Adam Lambert and Colwel Platinum Entertainment are still very much engaged in negotiations to settle a November lawsuit, despite early reports from celebrity gossip sites.

The lawsuit, filed by the company headed up by Lambert’s pre-Idol producer Malcolm Welsford, was initially to be answered by Jan. 3, 2012. Lambert’s legal representation negotiated a delay to push the response off to Jan. 17. When the date passed, lalate.com reported that the deal fell through and the case would go to jury trial.

Not so, clarifies a source close to the case. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the source had this to say:

“The lalate.com article seems to have jumped the gun on Colwel v. Lambert, probably watching the court docket for any tidbit on celebrity cases. A settlement agreement is still actively being ironed out by both parties, and news will definitely be released when it is finalized.”  



LOS ANGELES – Few people roll like Michaele Salahi and her husband, Tareq,  late of “The Real Housewives of D.C.” and originally infamous for allegedly  crashing a state dinner at the White House.


Depending on when a person checked in on the Salahi drama Wednesday, Michaele  was either kidnapped, according to Tareq, or just fine, according to police.  Then there was the part about Michaele running off with a guy from a rock  band.


But more about Journey guitarist Neal Schon later. Seriously. After the  police stuff, and before the Montel Williams stuff.


Tareq reported Michaele missing very late Tuesday night, telling law  enforcement that his wife had been gone for six hours, the North Virginia Daily  reported. She’d called him from a cellphone with an Oregon number, he said, to  tell him she was fine and on her way to her mom’s house.


He said that after talking to his mother-in-law, who according to TMZ told  Tareq she didn’t know what was up with Michaele, he feared a kidnapping. The  former house-husband of D.C. told NBC that his wife’s “cryptic” behavior during  the call made him think she was trying to convey a message to him in code, the  way they’d play-acted in the past in case either one were, you know,  kidnapped.


“I swear to God,” Tareq told NBC, denying that the kidnap report was a  publicity stunt. “I’m missing my wife,” he sobbed, breaking down in tears.


The Sheriff’s Department in Virginia’s Warren County then issued a statement  Wednesday afternoon saying essentially not to worry – officials had been in  touch with Michaele and were confident nobody had been kidnapped.


“She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation, and assured the deputy that  she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be,”  authorities said. She allegedly didn’t want her husband knowing where she  was.


Tareq Salahi told NBC a different story. “I think she’s being forced by,  whatever this Oregon phone number is, she’s being forced to say she’s OK,” he  said. “She’s being forced to to say this to the local authorities.” The couple  had frequently dealt with stalkers and death threats, according to Tareq.


But the best was yet to come.


It seems Michaele had actually run off with Journey lead guitarist Neal Schon  in Tennessee on Wednesday, according to TMZ, which got confirmation from the  band’s rep that “nobody kidnapped her and they are in Memphis together.” Mrs.  Salahi and Schon had even hung out together in the past, including with Mr.  Salahi at a party at the Salahi family’s winery. It was what the missus called  an “intimate and passionate relationship,” the celeb website said.


Of possible interest to those who graduated high school in the early 1980s:  Foreigner and Night Ranger were opening for Journey on Wednesday night in  Memphis.


The drama around the non-kidnapping came just ahead of Sunday’s scheduled  auction of Oasis Vineyards assets _ an auction related the winery’s 2008  bankruptcy filing. Though the Hume, Va., winery is not on the block, bids can be  placed Sunday in person or online on items including winemaking supplies,  kitchen and catering equipment, trucks and tractors, more than 200 cases of  various wines, and about 5,000 bottles of unfinished sparkling wine currently en  tirage. Oasis was founded in 1977 by Tareq’s parents.


Also on the Salahis’ dance card: A Sept. 24 event at the Oasis that’s being  billed as a charity fundraiser, with “a portion of proceeds going to benefit the  National Multiple Sclerosis Society.”


At least that’s how it’s now being billed, after Montel Williams’ legal team  sent a cease-and-desist letter Aug. 25 demanding that the TV personality’s name  and the name of his foundation be removed from any materials associated with the  $150-a-ticket event.


“I have never met, never spoken with, never been involved with anything to do  with these people,” Williams told the Los Angeles Times shortly after learning  someone had been marketing “A Hollywood Oasis – When Hollywood Glamour Meets the  Capital Region” with an assertion that he would be attending, and that a portion  of proceeds would go to the Montel Williams MS Foundation.


“It appears that the Salahis, whose bizarre behavior has been widely  reported, are attempting to piggyback off of Montel’s record of advocacy on  behalf of MS sufferers worldwide to advance the apparent re-opening of their  failed winery,” rep Jonathan Franks said in an Aug. 26 statement on Montel’s  behalf, adding that Team Montel had that day been contacted by multiple  governmental agencies investigating the group responsible for the event.  Williams’ people intended to co-operate with authorities, Franks said.


The Salahis protested via TMZ that they were not responsible for the actions  of those who held events at their winery, placing blame instead on D.C.’s Most  Fabulous Magazine, which was affiliated with the event and had posted the  invites online. The mag is run by one Howard N. Cromwell, who has previously  represented the Salahis, serving as the PR contact when Michaele released her  dance track, “Bump It.” In May, she was down to serve as head judge for a  Memorial Day bikini contest publicized by Cromwell.


Though Cromwell’s DRAWOH LLEWMORC Omnimedia Inc. (DLO) had written to  Williams’ foundation Aug. 10 stating that the foundation would be the  unsolicited beneficiary of the magazine’s third-anniversary celebration, the  former talk show host did not reply or accept an invitation for any  representative of the foundation to attend.


“The use of Mr. Williams’ name without his permission is unacceptable, and  Mr. Williams’ attorneys intend to pursue all available legal remedies in this  matter,” Franks said.


In a letter to Williams’ attorney dated Aug. 26, Cromwell’s attorney said  Williams’ team was mistaken, and no materials had represented Montel as  confirmed to attend. “The charity event is . . . not a Salahi or Oasis Winery  event,” the letter stated. “Any misunderstanding or miscommunication is  therefore DLO’s responsibility, and not that of Mr. and Mrs. Salai or Oasis  Winery.” The letter also said Williams’ name had been removed from any DLO  websites.


Williams’ legal team had sent its cease-and-desist letter to the Salahis on  Aug. 25. On Aug. 30, Cromwell posted a link on his Facebook page to materials  again stating Montel was expected at the event. That offer of an “international  marketing & branding opportunity” had also been revised to reinforce  Michaele’s status as a person “who has MS.”


Michaele Salahi revealed her alleged MS diagnosis on “Fox & Friends” in  September, saying she’d left the White House state dinner not due to her and  Tareq’s lack of a seating assignment, but rather because she was suffering  MS-related fatigue. The two were spotted, however, hanging out at a hotel bar  nearby for hours after leaving the state dinner, ultimately allegedly skipping  out on the tab. Michaele has not publicly discussed any treatment she might be  undergoing for MS, which she said she’d been dealing with for 17 years.


Williams called it “egregiously offensive” that his name might have been used  to mislead people into buying tickets to an event he was not affiliated with.  “They might not have crossed the line enough” in this case, he said, but  “they’ve figured out how to skirt the law. I hope the next time they get  caught.”


Williams said he suspected his name came up as a result of success he’d had  recently on the D.C.-area charity circuit raising money for veterans causes.  Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, the veteran of both the  Navy and the Marines also has worked on behalf of MS research.


Various state regulatory and law enforcement agencies in Virginia have been  looking into the Salahis’ activities, a source familiar with the inquiries told  the Los Angeels Times.


Incidentally, flattering quotes on Michaele Salahi’s website attributed to  the Times were in fact taken from an article written by Jocelyn Noveck of the  Associated Press.


Said Williams: “These people need to go away.”

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Party+crasher+Michaele+Salahi+kidnapped+runs+with+Journey+guitarist/5408409/story.html#ixzz1Y3Hy43kO




By PATRICIA SHERIDAN // Mar 2, 2011 06:18PM

He came in second on the second season of “American Idol,” which propelled singer Clay Aiken to No. 1 with his fans. It’s been eight years since he was “discovered” on the popular television show and in that time the 32-year-old from Raleigh, N.C., came out as a gay man, became a dad and starred on Broadway in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” His memoir, Learning to Sing; Hearing the Music in Your Life, published in 2004, became a New York Times best-seller. Aiken currently is on his “Tried and True” concert tour, which includes a stop at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.Here’s some of what Aiken had to say in a recent interview:Question: Has fame been everything you expected? Clay Aiken: I didn’t fantasize about being famous, that’s for sure. I never thought in my life that I was going to be famous. I never thought I wanted to be famous, and some days I still think I don’t want to be. [Laughs] So I don’t know that I had any preconceived notions of what fame was going to be. Limos and parties and whatnot. That’s not really what it looks like most of the time. I’m boring, anyway.[Laughs] I don’t know that I knew what to expect when I auditioned for “Idol.” I don’t know that I knew what to expect when it was over. I have been surprised — regularly. I still find myself going, “What is going on in my life?” And it’s been eight years now. So I would answer that, no, it hasn’t been what I expected. Q: Did it change you emotionally in any way? CA: Initially, I think it probably made me a little more jaded, unfortunately. After eight years of doing it, it becomes the new normal. I don’t think I’m jaded anymore. I don’t think I’m skeptical. I think I’m wiser. I would say that I’m still somewhat cautious, but I think I got a little bit of wisdom that I wouldn’t have gotten if I’d not done this job. Now it’s just my life, and I know how to traverse the perils of it.  Q: From the very start you appeared at home in the spotlight, but what about your friends and family? Were they ready for your fame? CA: It’s interesting that you say that because I’m not. … I like performing, but I don’t like being in the spotlight when I’m not on the stage. If I’m performing, I enjoy it, I appreciate it. I can get into it. As soon as the camera goes off, the lights go off, the curtain comes down, I’m almost reclusive.Q: And I would imagine doing this kind of interview would be uncomfortable. CA: Oh, yes. Four years ago, I would constantly be worried about what I was going to say or [how it would] be interpreted. I realize in life I’m going to mess up — plenty of times now. That’s why I say there’s a certain wisdom that comes with it. I realize I’m going to screw up a lot, and I need to stop being afraid of screwing up. If something happens in an interview now … I just say I’m not talking about that. Next. (Laughs) And I don’t care. Q: Last year, bullying in general, and anti-gay bullying in particular, was getting lots of media attention because of several student deaths resulting from it. CA: I went to [Washington] D.C. with GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to unveil a bill that Sen. [Al] Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. [Robert] Casey (D-Pa.) … had presented to help stop bullying. To make sure sexual orientation was included in the federal guideline. Sexual orientation and gender identity were not included, so teachers were not empowered to stop it. I got bullied plenty. I still get bullied. We live in a society now where it’s just OK. It’s much more accepted whether it be comedians who make it OK to pick on people because they make it funny or the message boards or comments on a news article. Since there’s anonymity involved, people can say the nastiest things. People would be remiss to think that there was a lot of bullying and gay young men and women were committing suicide only last year. It’s been happening for years and years. I think it’s important that people pay attention to it. It happens everywhere. Kids get cyber-bullied all the time, and I think there needs to be more attention drawn to that type of thing, too. We just need as a people to stop being jerks.Scripps Howard News Service

Well this is one of the things I found on Clay. I wouder when he’s going to come out with some new music. I really miss Clay. 😦

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