EVANESCENCE has parted ways with longtime guitarist Jen Majura.
The 38-year-old musician, a self-described "half-Asian living in Germany," joined EVANESCENCE in August 2015 as the replacement for Terry Balsamo.
Jen's exit from EVANESCENCE was announced via social media earlier today (Saturday, May 21).
"It has been a very special chapter in the band with our dear friend Jen Majura, but we have decided it's time to go our separate ways," EVANESCENCE said in a statement. "We will always love her and support her, and can't wait to see what she does next! We are so grateful for the good times and great music we made all around the world together.
"We are hard at work rehearsing for our upcoming tour and will have some exciting news about the new lineup coming in the next few days, so stay tuned."
In 2019, EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee said she was happy to have Majura in the band. "She has added a lot to our live shows because she's a singer," Amy explained. "It has been a really awesome thing to have live background vocals for the first time. I am such a fan of layered vocals, and to have that better represented at our show has been a cool breakthrough for me. And also, she's just rad energy. She's got a great attitude, fun personality, very engaging, killer onstage, so she has been a fun addition to our family. And of course, it's awesome having another girl in the band for the first time."
Majura has released two solo albums thus far, 2014's "Jen Majura" and 2017's "InZENity".
Last year, EVANESCENCE released "The Bitter Truth", its first album in 10 years, which the Los Angeles Times called their "fiercest songs to date." The latest single, "Better Without You", was EVANESCENCE's first Top 10 Rock Radio track in ten years, and previous single "Use My Voice" was nominated for "Best Rock" at the MTV Video Music Awards. It was the second year in a row that EVANESCENCE had scored a "Best Rock" nomination, as well as the second year in a row that they were the sole female-fronted act nominated in the category.
Photo courtesy of Jen Majura's Instagram