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JEN MAJURA On Split With EVANESCENCE: ‘None Of This Was My Decision’

Jen Majura says that it wasn’t her resolution to half methods with EVANESCENCE.

Jen‘s exit from the Amy Lee-fronted outfit was introduced by way of social media on Saturday (Could 21).

“It has been a really particular chapter within the band with our expensive good friend Jen Majura, however now we have determined it is time to go our separate methods,” EVANESCENCE stated in a press release. “We’ll all the time love her and assist her, and might’t wait to see what she does subsequent! We’re so grateful for the great instances and nice music we made all all over the world collectively.

“We’re onerous at work rehearsing for our upcoming tour and can have some thrilling information concerning the new lineup coming within the subsequent few days, so keep tuned.”

A number of hours later, Jen took to her social media to make clear: “I really feel the necessity to deal with that none of this was my resolution! I’ve no onerous emotions in opposition to anyone and I want EVANESCENCE all the most effective. I’m allowed to hold stunning recollections of those previous years, I’m grateful.”

The 38-year-old musician, a self-described “half-Asian residing 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 stated: “My title was one way or the other really useful by a candy good friend of mine, Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, and Dave Eggar — he is also referred to as an excellent cellist, and he is a musician working in New York. And rapidly, there was this e-mail popping up: ‘Are you curious about becoming a member of…?’ And I used to be, like, ‘What the fuck?’ So I ended respiratory 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 out of the blue on an airplane, flying over to New York to fulfill Amy Lee. And we had some very, very cool talks. She’s an superior individual. She’s a really, very nice musician. And so I discovered myself out of the blue inside his empire known as EVANESCENCE.”

Concerning the truth that she did not even must “audition” for EVANESCENCE, Jen stated: “Yeah. To be sincere, I used to be form of involved. I informed [Amy], ‘Would you like me to convey my guitar?’ And, ‘Would you want me to audition?’ And he or she was completely, like: ‘Nah, I do know you may play. I’ve seen loads of movies of you. And I do know your dwell 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 he or she’s now with Alice Cooper and I am now with EVANESCENCE. That is, like… I nonetheless cannot consider it.”

In 2019, Lee stated she was blissful to have Majura within the band. “She has added lots to our dwell exhibits as a result of she’s a singer,” Amy defined. “It has been a extremely superior factor to have dwell 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 vitality. She’s bought an incredible angle, enjoyable character, 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 so far, 2014’s “Jen Majura” and 2017’s “InZENity”.

Final yr, EVANESCENCE launched “The Bitter Reality”, its first album in 10 years.

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