Sevendust Singer Lajon Witherspoon Talks Forthcoming Solo Project
Thereâs no doubt that Sevendust fans are stoked for the band’s upcoming album âBlack Out the Sun,’ as well as the theirÂ toursÂ with Coal Chamber and Lacuna Coil in support of the new disc. Now there is even more reason to be excited, as vocalist Lajon WitherspoonÂ has announced that he is planning to release a solo album.
When we caught up with Witherspoon, he told us about the early stages of planning the solo venture and even shared his hesitance about doing the project. He also revealed an eclectic group of talented musicians of various genres that he would like to collaborate with for the disc.
Even though âBlack Out the Sunâ has not come out yet, I heard that when things slow down with Sevendust youâre finally thinking about doing a solo album? Have you been jotting down any ideas or has writing begun for this yet?
Yeah Iâve been doing a few things, mostly what I would like to do is â I donât want to consider it a band because I think a band, it takes a while to have a band. This is just going to be me doing some music, the doors are open right now â Iâm not going to be afraid to try anything. It may be country, it may be some rock, it may be slower R&B â Iâm ready to just open up and show the world that I can do other things besides Sevendust.
I got some cats that I want to work with right now but Iâm just taking my time and picking and choosing and see whoâs reaching out and ultimately coming out and doing something that might blow some peopleâs minds.
For people who not only love Sevendust but you as a vocalist, some may say this is long overdue.
Thank you for saying that, it gives me even more courage to step out and do that because itâs definitely something that Iâve been holding back from for a long time.
Youâve worked with some great people on your records: Myles Kennedy, Skin of Skunk Anansie, to name a couple. Is there someone you would love to collaborate with that maybe you havenât gotten the chance to work with yet?
Well, Chino [Moreno] got to do that song ['Passenger'] with Maynard [James Keenan] — I think that would be pretty awesome. Letâs see, who else would I like to do a song with these days? Iâd like to do one with [Mark] Tremonti â that would be really cool, thatâs my buddy and everything so it would be cool to jam with him, too.
You put me on the spot, thereâs so many people that I would love to work with. Britney Spears? No, Iâm just kidding. [Laughs] You know what? I would love to do something with Adele, it would be cool I think. There are just so many artists out there that I love. I listen to everything from country to jazz, Iâm a music lover.