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Multi-Platinum Rock Guitarist Finds Fulfillment as Child of God

As the lead guitarist for 1990’s rock n’ roll hit-makers Candlebox, Peter Klett was living the musician’s dream. But hard partying led to addiction that turned the soiree into a distress. Read Transcript

I really like to immerse myself in my playing.

Peter Klett used his guitar talent

to climb to the top of the 90s music scene

with the band Candlebox.

With a multi-platinum debut album and five top 10 hits,

he was living his dream.

I crave that thrill of playing the songs live and loud.

It sounds good and there's people there,

and the interaction from your guys and the people.

And it's cool.

I mean, it's a really, really thrilling, exciting thing

to do.

Although he came from a Christian home,

and even made a profession of faith as a young man,

the trappings of the rock and roll lifestyle

proved overpowering.

Most of my career, I was usually stoned,

or at least drinking-- buzzed.

And pot was of an integral part of my guitar.

Were you emotionally ready for the success of Candlebox?

No, definitely not.

I mean, I was ready musically.

And you know, I was ready to go.

But I think definitely looking back,

I wasn't prepared for the enormity of that success.

But I partied and drank and ended up

getting into drugs, and late nights,

and things like that-- normal rock star stuff.

Were there some real moments of desperation on the road?

Several moments where I would be up at 4:00 or 5:00

in the morning, drinking and snorting lines of cocaine.

And I thought, what am I doing here?

Why am I doing this?

I'm getting nothing out of this.

I'm going to be hungover the next day and probably

just depressed.

And I finally woke up one morning

and didn't remember what happened.

I had fallen down the stairs.

I said that's it, I just can't do it.

There's no more.

I have no more strength or energy to do this anymore.

I knew that something needed to change.

Was God a part of that process when

you determined to get sober?

God's always been a process of everything all the time.

It's just a matter of how much I listened or gave in and let

him control the situation.

In the fall of 2001, Pete got sober.

And the rewards of a new life pursuing God

have been far beyond his expectations.

Nowadays, I know, because I believe firmly

that if I let go and let God, then I

will have a happier life.

I know that because I finally did

it and have seen that the changes in my life and myself.

It's just easier.

I don't worry as much, because I know for a fact somehow,

someway God will provide as long as I work hard

and dedicate myself to doing the right thing.

A major part of Pete's new life

includes his two biggest fans, his wife Jessica

and their daughter Avery.

When I met Jess on the road, we got married in 2009.

She's the love of my life.

Avery was born in March of 2013.

And I think that there made a significant change in who I am

and who she is as people for sure.

The focus on God and raising her that way

and relying on God when you're just terrified about stuff

has been a big deal.

I think Avery has kind of helped push me in that direction.

Today, Pete is busy performing with two bands

and has launched a solo career.

And when he's not playing guitar,

he enjoys producing and being behind the scenes

in the music business.

He is thankful for the transformative work

God has done in his life and he is

quick to encourage others to give God a chance.

Just pray every day God reveal yourself to me.

And eventually, he will.

And then at that point you can accept it

and roll with it or not.

But you'll never know until you ask.

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