Ex-EVANESCENCE Guitarist JEN MAJURA Opens Up About Getting Fired From The Band: ‘I’m Still In Shock’

Jen Majura has opened up about her exit from EVANESCENCE, saying she is “nonetheless in shock” about being fired from the Amy Lee-fronted band.

The 39-year-old guitarist’s departure from EVANESCENCE was introduced on Might 21 by way of social media.

“It has been a really particular chapter within the band with our pricey pal Jen Majura, however we’ve determined it is time to go our separate methods,” EVANESCENCE mentioned in a press release. “We are going to all the time love her and help her, and might’t wait to see what she does subsequent! We’re so grateful for the nice occasions and nice music we made all around the globe collectively.”

Throughout an look on THE HAUNTED guitarist Ola Englund‘s YouTube present “Espresso With Ola”, Majura spoke about her break up with EVANESCENCE, saying that she continues to be “harm” by the transfer and evaluating the scenario to a divorce.

“I imagine, truthfully, it is three weeks now since I obtained the information, and I am nonetheless on this blurry, oblivious momentum,” she mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “I suppose I am nonetheless in shock, form of, as a result of after being married six years, abruptly you are divorced.

“You realize me, I all the time attempt to discover the optimistic in a scenario, so day by day, step-by-step — I am not doing nice but — however day by day I discover little tiny issues that I am, like, ‘Oh, really, that is good.'”

Requested how she came upon that her companies had been now not wanted in EVANESCENCE, Jen mentioned: “Truthfully, I used to be cleansing my condominium, and I obtained the cellphone name. And to start with, I used to be, like, ‘Is that this a foul joke?’ And I keep in mind, after I obtained the information, I hung up, and I’ve this hallway in between my studio and my front room, and I simply lay there on the ground, staring on the ceiling, questioning what that was, and actually trying over to my suitcase that I had already began packing, as a result of I used to be two weeks from going out on the highway till just about the top of the 12 months.”

Majura went on to say that she has already acquired provides to affix different bands however she is reluctant to leap into one other scenario so quickly after her exit from EVANESCENCE. “I wish to contemplate [some of these other offers], however not now, not but,” she defined. “As a result of I really feel like it will be not a pleasant transfer if I performed the okay particular person once I’m nonetheless processing. I am not prepared to leap into the subsequent marriage proper now.

“To be actually sincere, what I wanna do proper now could be, to start with, deal with me and my music once more,” she mentioned. “As a result of what I understand is that you just, once you… It is tough to say… I really feel like I misplaced a bit of little bit of my music inside me throughout these previous years, as a result of… What I proper now do, what I proper now need to do is I wanna reconnect with myself and really feel and listen to and play my music once more. And who is aware of? The plan is, up to now — you heard it right here first — I am gonna write my third solo album.”

Requested by Ola if she is “okay” with the truth that her tenure with EVANESCENCE has come to an finish, Jen mentioned: “I am harm. I am harm and nonetheless on this blurry confusion of what simply occurred.” However she added: “I am getting there. Like I mentioned, it will be unsuitable of me if I might play the ‘hey, I am completely okay’ Jen. It is powerful. And like I mentioned, I am nonetheless not nice. However I am getting there day by day with tiny little issues that make life stunning.”

Majura, a self-described “half-Asian dwelling in Germany,” joined EVANESCENCE in August 2015 because the substitute for Terry Balsamo.

Shortly after she landed the gig, Majura spoke to EMP Rock Invasion about how she got here to attach with EVANESCENCE. She mentioned: “My identify was by some means beneficial by a candy pal of mine, Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, and Dave Eggar — he is also called an excellent cellist, and he is a musician working in New York. And abruptly, there was this e-mail popping up: ‘Are you interested by becoming a member of…?’ And I used to be, like, ‘What the fuck?’ So I finished respiration till my face turned form of blue. After which afterwards, I used to be, like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta learn it once more.’ Three days later, I discovered myself instantly on an airplane, flying over to New York to satisfy Amy Lee. And we had some very, very cool talks. She’s an superior particular person. She’s a really, very nice musician. And so I discovered myself instantly inside his empire known as EVANESCENCE.”

Relating to the truth that she did not even need to “audition” for EVANESCENCE, Jen mentioned: “Yeah. To be sincere, I used to be form of involved. I instructed [Amy], ‘Would you like me to carry my guitar?’ And, ‘Would you want me to audition?’ And she or he was completely, like: ‘Nah, I do know you possibly can play. I’ve seen loads of movies of you. And I do know your stay expertise and also you’re touring the world, so… No, simply come over and let’s have some meals and discuss.’ Yeah, and that is it. So, really, what I used to be stunned by very, very a lot was that she really had one other guitar participant on her record, and that was the guitar participant of Alice Cooper [Nita Strauss]. And she or he’s now with Alice Cooper and I am now with EVANESCENCE. That is, like… I nonetheless cannot imagine it.”

In 2019, Lee mentioned she was completely happy to have Majura within the band. “She has added so much to our stay reveals as a result of she’s a singer,” Amy defined. “It has been a very superior factor to have stay background vocals for the primary time. I’m such a fan of layered vocals, and to have that higher represented at our present has been a cool breakthrough for me. And likewise, she’s simply rad power. She’s obtained an important angle, enjoyable persona, very partaking, killer onstage, so she has been a enjoyable addition to our household. And naturally, it is superior having one other lady within the band for the primary time.”

Majura has launched two solo albums to this point, 2014’s “Jen Majura” and 2017’s “InZENity”.

Final 12 months, EVANESCENCE launched “The Bitter Fact”, its first album in 10 years.

EVANESCENCE kicked off its spring/summer time European tour on June 5 in Athens, Greece. The live performance marked the band’s first stay look with EVANESCENCE‘s new lineup, that includes Emma Anzai of SICK PUPPIES on bass and EVANESCENCE‘s longtime bassist Tim McCord on guitar.

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