Morgan performing with Seether in 2014
|Birth name||Shaun Morgan Welgemoed|
|Born||21 December 1978|
|Origin||Pietermaritzburg, South Africa|
Shaun Morgan Welgemoed ([ˈveːl.χɐmut], born 21 December 1978), known publicly as Shaun Morgan, is a South African musician. He is the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for South African rock band Seether.
Morgan spent all of his early life in Zimbabwe. His parents divorced when he was still a child. Morgan is one of three children; he had a brother, Eugene, who took his own life in 2007, and a sister, Lucy. He was a student at Merchiston Preparatory School and Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg, where he became a prolific front-row rugby player for his age-group's top teams in his first three years of high school. In his third year of playing rugby, Morgan injured his back and was unable to play anymore, which then led to him following his passion of playing guitar.
Prior to forming the band Saron Gas, Morgan was a member of a tribute band, covering songs by musicians such as Creed and Tom Petty. In May 1999, the band Saron Gas was created. They were originally a four-piece, but when the singer and guitarist did not turn up to the first practice, the band decided to stay as a three-piece, with Morgan on lead vocals and guitar. Saron Gas enjoyed moderate success before the bass player decided to quit in January 2000, causing Morgan to get in touch with the only other good bass player he knew, Dale Stewart. The band released an album later that year, entitled Fragile.
In January 2002, they relocated to the United States to sign with Wind-up Records. During this time, the band’s original drummer returned 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. Around this time, Morgan decided to use his middle name as his last name professionally while performing for Seether because some Americans have a hard time pronouncing "Welgemoed". Seether went on to release their debut major-label album, Disclaimer, on 20 August 2002, which was remixed and rereleased as Disclaimer II with a few additional songs in 2004.
Since then, Seether has released five more studio albums: Karma and Effect (2005), Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007), Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (2011), Isolate and Medicate (2014), and Poison the Parish (2017). In addition, they released the live CD/DVD One Cold Night in 2006.
Bands that have influenced Morgan include Nirvana, Portishead, Silverchair, The Beatles, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Mad Season, Rage Against the Machine, Black Sabbath, Korn, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Deftones.
Shaun Morgan was originally offered an endorsement and a signature model with PRS, but declined. He became endorsed by Schecter Guitars early in his career and stayed with them until 2019. He now plays an Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay RS guitar. As for amplifiers, he uses Mesa/Boogie amplifiers, specifically the Triple Rectifier.
In August 2007, Morgan's brother Eugene Welgemoed killed himself, just a few weeks before Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces was released. As the album was finished, there was no delay to its issue, but the record was dedicated to Eugene and featured a memorial. Eugene jumped to his death shortly after midnight on Monday, 13 August 2007, from an eighth-floor window of the Radisson Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota. According to police, no foul play was suspected in the death, and it was ruled a suicide after an investigation. Morgan has 1308 tattooed on his four right fingers, and 2007 on his four left fingers. These numbers mark the date Eugene died. Seether's song "Rise Above This" is a tribute to Eugene.
Morgan has been awarded The National Council's 2016 Artistic Expression Impact Award of Excellence.
- Fragile (1999)
- Disclaimer (2002)
- Disclaimer II (2004)
- Karma and Effect (2005)
- Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007)
- Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (2011)
- Isolate and Medicate (2014)
- Poison the Parish (2017)
- One Cold Night (2006)
- iTunes Originals – Seether (2008)
- Rhapsody Originals – Seether (2008)
- Art of Dying featuring Shaun Morgan – Die Trying (2008)
- HURT featuring Shaun Morgan – "World Ain't Right" on the album Goodbye to the Machine (2009)
- Acoustic cover of Alice in Chains' "Nutshell", with Brent Smith, lead singer of Shinedown. The song is featured on The 97X Green Room: Volume 2, which is a radio station based in Tampa, Florida.
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- iTunes Originals - Seether
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