• Wes Borland is a famous American rock singer and guitarist of the rap metal band, Limp Bizkit
• He is also a record producer, visual artist, and painter
• He is an atheist and was raised in a conservative Christian household
• He has won a Peabody Award and been nominated for an MTV TRL Award
• He has a net worth of $10 million as of 2022
Wes Borland is a famous American rock singer, who is perhaps best known for being the backing vocalist and guitarist of the rap metal band, Limp Bizkit. He’s also a record producer, visual artist, and painter.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Born Wesley Louden Borland under the Aquarius zodiac sign on 7 February 1975, in Richmond, Virginia, and is 47 years old as of 2022, he’s the son of Tom and Sally Borland, and was raised alongside his brother Scott, who is also a musician. Wes developed an interest in music, especially drumming at an early age, but his parents didn’t approve of the use of musical instruments in their house. Wes later developed a new interest in playing the guitar, mostly with his brother, and began going to classes at the Presbyterian church. Thereafter, Louden developed an interest in country music and hip-hop.
Borland’s family relocated to Jacksonville in Florida, where he started attending Douglas Anderson School of the Art, and also went to Hillsboro High School. He took guitar classes, and also learned sound effects and sculpture there, training under teachers who specialized in jazz. Wes It is reported that he began living all by himself when he turned 18, allegedly because his parents were too religious, and made him attend church regularly, despite his lack of interest in Christianity.
Hobbies and Facts
In his spare time, Borland is fond of painting creepy and psychedelic oil paintings. Some of his work can be seen on his Instagram page.
Despite being raised in a conservative Christian household, Wes has revealed that he’s an atheist.
Wes revealed in the podcast “Dean Delray’s Let There Be Talk” that he previously invested a huge portion of his earnings into the stock market but incurred losses as a result of the infamous 9/11, or September 11 attacks, and he was left almost bankrupt.
His favorite childhood song was “Bring the Noise” by the hip-hop band Public Enemy, and the heavy metal group Anthrax.
In the mid-90s, Borland joined the rap rock band, Limp Bizkit, which was formed by John Otto and Fred Durst. The band performed in many clubs including the Milk Bar punk Club, and became very popular for covering many songs such as “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul and “Faith” by George Michael. Wes amused his fans by appearing in bizarre costumes, body makeup, and paints – he also had a unique theatrical rock style. Shortly afterward, the American turntablist, DJ Lethal, joined Limp Bizkit, which saw Wes briefly leaving the band after a disagreement with its co-founder, Durst. Thereafter, Limp Bizkit signed a contract with the MCA Records subsidiary, Mojo, and the Interscope Records subsidiary, Flip. Subsequently, the band released its first studio album, “Three Dollar Bill, Yall.”
Rise to Prominence – Borland’s Bands
In 1998, Borland partnered with his brother to form the Big Dumb Face band. He continued performing with Limp Bizkit to release two more albums, “Significant Other” and “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water” which became very successful topping Billboard 200. Borland left Limp Bizkit in 2001, shortly after his band, Big Dumb Face, released its first album “Duke Lion Fights the Terror!!” He later partnered with his brother to create another band, Eat the Day, and in 2003, he announced that the musician, Adam Yas, would join their band as a vocalist. However, the band was disbanded shortly afterward and Wes went on to create another band, The Damning Well (2003), and he served as its guitarist. He later founded the rock band, Black Light Burns, which released its debut studio album, “Cruel Melody” in 2007. In 2008, Wes joined the rock band, Marilyn Manson.
Solo Career and Continued Success
2009 saw the original members of Limp Bizkit reuniting for a world tour and new album, and in the same year, he left the band, Marilyn Manson. In 2010, he played guitar in the “Resident Evil: Afterlife” soundtrack. Two years later, Black Light Burns released their second album “The Moment You Realize You’re Going to Fall.” In May 2016, Borland released a solo debut album, “Crystal Machete.” In 2021, the band Big Dumb Face released its third album entitled “Christmas in the Cave of Dagoth.”
In 2002, Borland scooped a Peabody Award. In the following year, he was nominated for an MTV TRL Award. He was also ranked at position 37 of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time by Total Guitar.
Wes is active on several social media platforms – he goes by the username @thewesborland on Instagram and has over 260,000 followers. He is also active on Facebook and Twitter, with over 4,000 and 15,000 followers respectively. He uses his social media fame to update his fans about his recent and upcoming career endeavors.
Wes has married thrice but hasn’t welcomed any kids from these unions. Firstly, he exchanged vows with his longtime girlfriend, Heather McMillan in 1998 but they parted ways three years later for unknown reasons. In 2009, he tied the knot with Anna Borland but their marriage also ended with a divorce, in 2013. Thereafter, he exchanged vows with the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and guitarist, Carre Callaway, who is possibly best known for founding the indie rock band, Queen Kwong, on 23 October 2016. The duo lived in Detroit, Michigan, and shared similar interests – they were animal lovers and had rescued many cats around Detroit. They appeared together in the series “Sight Unseen,” in which they renovated their massive seven-bedroom art deco together. Sadly, they divorced in 2019, shortly after she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder known as cystic fibrosis (CF), which affects the lungs, kidneys, liver, and pancreas. Wes is allegedly dating a woman named Alie Jo, as of late 2022.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Wes is of Caucasian ethnicity and has a set of dark brown eyes and black hair. He is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall and weighs approximately 135lbs (61kgs). He’s fond of wearing flashy costumes and ‘crazy’ make-up when performing.
Borland’s successful musical career has seen him become famous and wealthy. He’s authoritatively worth around $10 million, as of 2022.