SHINEDOWN’s BRENT SMITH Reveals Vocal Issues Delayed New Album

July 8, 2015

Shinedown singer Brent Smith has revealed that he developed vocal problems which contributed to a delay in recording the band’s fifth studio album.

Smith explained that his throat was ailing after 21 months of touring for 2012’s “Amaryllis”, telling “Loudwire Nights” host Full Metal Jackie: “When we got off tour, I had three nodules on my left vocal cord. I had to heal them. I was lucky enough to do so naturally — I didn’t have surgery, but it took two and a half months to get them where they needed to be.”


On top of the nodules, Smith developed another illness: “I got this thing called thrush, which is normally what babies will get. We have fungus in our bodies that’s dormant and sometimes it’ll unleash, and it unleashed on me. It went all the way down to my esophagus, so that was another two months to heal from that. Four months in all after we got off the road, then we started writing the record.”

Shinedown released the first single from the new record, “Cut The Cord”, last week.

The new disc will come out sometime this summer, probably in September, but the band has yet to reveal the title or exact release date. Smith recently described the album as “a beautiful record, but it’s ferocious.”