Witherspoon during a Sevendust concert in May 2010.
|Birth name||Lajon Jermaine Witherspoon|
October 3, 1972 |
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||Alternative metal, heavy metal, nu metal, hard rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums|
|Labels||Asylum, 7 Bros.|
|Associated acts||Sevendust, Body & Soul|
Members from bands such as Staind, Seether, Alter Bridge, and Diecast have listed Witherspoon and Sevendust as musical influences. In March 2008, Witherspoon was recognized in Hit Parader as one of the "Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time." He was ranked number 35, placing over numerous famous rock vocalists such as Bret Michaels, Scott Weiland, and David Bowie.
Lajon Witherspoon was born in Nashville, but grew up in Atlanta with his parents, along with his brother Reginald Ladon Witherspoon. Before getting into music, Witherspoon played football and wrestled for Norcross High School. He also practiced judo for a number of years, but eventually chose music over sports as his primary activity.
Before his days in Sevendust, Witherspoon was the frontman of a soul group, Body & Soul. In 1994, his group supported local group Snake Nation, at a gig. Impressed by his vocal abilities, Vinnie Hornsby and Morgan Rose asked Witherspoon to sing for their band. Guitarist John Connolly, the former drummer of the Piece Dogs, and Lee Banks joined them to form Rumblefish. The name was soon changed to Crawlspace. When the band's schedule proved too much for Banks, Clint Lowery from North Carolina's Still Rain replaced him. The band had to change their name again when a group on the west coast claimed the rights to it. Struggling with a new moniker, the members settled on Sevendust after Hornsby found a can of "Sevin Dust" (a pesticide) in his grandmother's garage.
On Sunday, November 9, 2002, Lajon's brother Reginald was murdered. Lajon heard the news via a phone call from his father five minutes before the band's performance in St. Joseph, Minnesota. His father urged him to go on with the show, and those who attended the show appreciated the shaken Witherspoon going through with the scheduled performance. Afterwards, Witherspoon immediately left to attend to family matters.
Lajon Witherspoon recorded a song titled "Ready to Go" for the NHRA's 10-song compilation, released on June 1, 2010. He has talked about recording a solo project after the end of the touring and promotion cycle for Sevendust's latest record, Black Out The Sun.
Lajon Witherspoon has a wife, Ashley Witherspoon, and two daughters, Maya Diane and Jada Legend Witherspoon.
- Sevendust (1997)
- Home (1999)
- Animosity (2001)
- Seasons (2003)
- Next (2005)
- Alpha (2007)
- Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow (2008)
- Cold Day Memory (2010)
- Black Out the Sun (2013)
- Time Travelers & Bonfires (2014)
- Other appearances
- NHRA Compilation 2010 - Various Artists - "Ready to Go" (2010)
- Moment of Impact - Eye Empire - "Victim (Of The System)" (2010) (Guest vocals)
- Truth Rising - Hed PE - "Stand Up" (2010)
- Fly 2 The Sun - Soulidium - "Fly 2 The Sun" (2011)
- No Amends - The Infinite Staircase - "The Things We've Done" and "Just To Meet You There" (October 15, 2013)
- "Hit Parader’s Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time". Hit Parader. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- "Sevendust Biography". Sing365.com. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
- "Sevendust Front-Man Streams Solo Song "Ready To Go"" rawkpit.com. Retrieved on May 27, 2010.
- "SEVENDUST Frontman Reveals Plans For Solo Project". Alternativeaddiction.com. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Sevendust Goes For "Human Beehive" Look In New Video - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. 1999-08-11. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- "News & Headlines". eyeempire.com. July 7, 2010.