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Shaun Morgan

Shaun playing at the Special Events Center in Greensboro, North Carolina
Background information
Birth name Shaun Morgan Welgemoed
Born December 21, 1978 (Age 31)
Origin Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Genres Post-grunge
Alternative metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Bass Guitar
Years active 1999-present
Associated acts Seether
Saron Gas

Shaun Morgan Welgemoed (December 21, 1978) is a South African musician, known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the post-grunge/alternative metal band Seether.

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Biography

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Early life

Welgemoed (pronounced Velkamud) spent all of his early life in South Africa.[1] His parents divorced when Welgemoed was still a child. At 12 years old, he first discovered the Seattle grunge movement after listening to Nirvana’s Nevermind album, which inspired him to become a musician.[1] He began to play the guitar, first learning “Polly”, before starting to piece together bands. However his father did not approve of his son playing in a band, so Welgemoed ran away from home in order to “cut a demo” while living in friends’ cars and garages. Welgemoed then returned home to live with his mother and start playing in a band again, although he stopped playing music after three years as he wasn’t getting anywhere. During this time, Welgemoed used to fight a lot, even going to rock clubs just to “beat up people."

Seether

In May 1999, Welgemoed became the rhythm guitarist and back-up vocalist of a new band, Saron Gas.[2] There were four other members to the band; a female vocalist, a lead guitarist, bassist and drummer. However, when the singer and guitarist didn’t turn up to the first practice, the band decided to stay as a three-piece, with Welgemoed on lead vocals and guitar.[2] Saron Gas enjoyed moderate success before the bass player decided to quit in January 2000, causing Welgemoed to get in touch with the only other bass player he knew, Dale Stewart. The band released an album later that year, entitled Fragile.

In January 2002, the band relocated to the United States to sign with Wind-up Records. During this time the band’s original drummer left to return home to South Africa, whilst the two remaining members were left to think of a new band name, at the request of Wind-up. Eventually they settled on Seether, after the Veruca Salt song of the same name.[2] Around this time Welgemoed also decided to use his middle name while performing for Seether. He said on many occasions that Americans have a hard time pronouncing Welgemoed. Shaun Morgan and Seether went on to release their debut major-label album, Disclaimer, on August 20. 2002.

Since then, Seether have released two more studio albums; Karma and Effect (2005) and Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007). In addition, they released the compilation album Disclaimer II in 2004, and the live CD/DVD One Cold Night in 2006. In January 2009 the band released two new songs; one a Seether original entitled “No Shelter”, and the second a cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” which Shaun and Dale have said had a special significance to the band.[3]

Personal life

Morgan is one of three children; he has a sister named Lucy and a deceased brother, Eugene. Morgan also has a daughter, Jayde Fourie-Welgemoed, from a marriage that ended in 2002. From 2003 until 2005, he dated Evanesence singer Amy Lee. However, their relationship ended bitterly. [4] When Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces was released on October 23, 2007, its third single, "Breakdown", was rumored to be about Amy Lee. However, Morgan implied the songs of their latest effort were about, if anyone, his more recent ex, saying, "Amy and I, at our worst moments, were still better than this last girl and I at our best moments."[5] Morgan had a brief stint in rehab for alcoholism in August 2006.

95X The Buzz with Michael Todd reported in September 2006 that Morgan was engaged and set to be a father once more. His girlfriend gave birth to a son, named Bowie, in November 2006.[6]

In August 2007, Morgan's brother Eugene was found dead, which had a significant impact on the future album Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces, delaying it by several months. Eugene's death was reported by Katie Brown, Rapid City Journal[7] stating that he had jumped to his death shortly after midnight Monday August 13, 2007 from an eighth-floor window of the Radisson Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota. Brown went on to report that according to police, no foul play is suspected in the death. It was ruled a suicide after an investigation. Shaun has 1308 tattooed on his four right fingers, and 2007 tattooed on his four left fingers which marks the day Eugene died (13/08/2007).

He has listed his favourite bands as Portishead, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, and Deftones.

Discography

Seether

Studio albums
Live albums
Compilations
Digital albums

Collaborations

References

  1. ^ a b Bottomley, C. Seether: South African Seattle, VH1, March 6, 2003. Accessed March 25, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c iTunes Originals - Seether
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGSecyWF52c
  4. ^ Harris, Chris. Seether Frontman Enters Rehab; August Tour Dates Canceled, VH1, July 26, 2006. Accessed March 25, 2009.
  5. ^ Harris, Chris. Seether Frontman Won't Respond To Amy Lee's Attack: 'I Just Refuse To Lower Myself To That Level', MTV, July 18, 2007. Accessed March 25, 2009.
  6. ^ http://www2.mywesttexas.com/blogger/95x/2006/09/seether-frontman-started-to-burn-out.html
  7. ^ Brown, Katie. Radisson suicide brother of Seether front man, Rapid City Journal, August 16, 2007. Accessed March 25, 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUNB2S1dkJI


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