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Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has signed to Sumerian Records and debuted his solo song “What It Is,” the first single from his forthcoming debut solo album.

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Davis explains that he has compiled ideas for this solo effort beginning back in 2007, writing and recording on the road. He contributes guitar, keys and “anything else he could get his hands on” to the record.

“It took 10 years, and I'm so glad this project is finally out. It is something that is very close to me and I'm excited for the world to finally hear it. This time, I'm pulling something out of the audience,” Davis says. “I've bared my soul for so fucking long, I thought it'd be really cool to pull listeners in a different direction for once.” 

“I'm taking them out of that dark place and into somewhere that's spiritual, positive, and makes them really think,” he adds. “It's just art. I've changed lives with Korn, but I wanted to open minds with this shit.”

Plus, Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen explains how honored he is to release Davis' solo album.

“I remember exactly when and where I was the first time I heard Jonathan's vocals and Korn's seven string guitars behind him,” Avildsen recalls.

“The world had never heard anything like it. His voice has been so culturally impactful that those same songs from two decades ago are still played countless times every day. As a true icon and pioneer artist, the influential significance of his music is unparalleled in the modern rock era. If it wasn't for what he created, I would not have ended up where I am today, nor would have many Sumerian bands. It is truly an honor to be releasing the debut Jonathan Davis solo album. The record is absolutely brilliant, showing new depths to his songwriting and vocal performances that the world has yet to experience.”

Listen to “What It Is” below: