"A New Thing"

Welch, 37, now lives in Arizona, where he spends time with his 9-year-old daughter while writing enough Christian songs to fill three albums. The first album is expected to release in late 2007 under Welch's name. A number of other famous musicians contributed to the album, including Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), and Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel). The songs are about his spiritual transformation, and one called "Save Me from Myself" is specifically about how God set him free from drugs and alcohol.

"[That's] probably the most personal song that touches me the most. It's something of a rollercoaster ride from my drug use to my suicidal thoughts … to me crying out to God to save me from myself. My favorite part of the song is when I'm screaming to God, thanking him for saving me from myself, and telling him that I'm through with me and am living for him now."

Welch said he hopes his book and music will help inspire others to ask Jesus into their hearts and avoid a similar path of self-destruction. "God is moving," Welch said. "He's doing great things and he loves the prideful rock stars just the way he loves the starving kids in India. He loves us all.

"And he's calling us to be his ministers. He wants us to go and declare his goodness. I just think he's moving and he wants to do something new. He says in the Bible, 'I'm doing a new thing.' And so he's doing a new thing. I'm just glad to be part of it."

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You can learn more about Brian "Head' Welch at www.headtochrist.com. For Welch's full story, check out his book Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story, available at Christianbook.com—please be advised that there's some bad language in it despite the powerful testimony. Welch's solo debut is expected to release sometime in late 2007.© Troy Anderson, subject to licensing agreement with Christianity Today International. All rights reserved. Click for reprint information.