Spin Doctors' Chris Barron Silenced By Paralyzed Vocal Cord

The Spin Doctors' lead singer Chris Barron is suffering from an extremely rare paralysis of his right vocal cord, making it impossible for the singer to speak beyond a whisper, let alone sing.

Barron told MTV News on Wednesday that he woke up on May 17, just two weeks before the release of the band's latest album "Here Comes the Bride," unable to talk.

Barron, who can speak in an audible whisper since his left vocal cord is unaffected, says he "feels terrified." Doctors have given him a 50-50 chance of ever speaking normally again.

"I want to sing lullabies to my baby daughter and talk to her again," Barron said, "and I feel like I'm letting my band down."

Though the Spin Doctors played ten dates with keyboardist Ivan Neville taking over lead vocals, the band has since canceled its remaining 45 dates, hoping for Barron's recovery. "You might as well latch onto the better outcome," Barron said, "even when things look their bleakest."

In addition to seeking specialists

in Western medicine, Barron is exploring options in Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

"I've had a lot of bad news in my life," Barron said, "but this is frustrating in so many ways. This album took a lot of soul-searching, and I think it's the best the Spin Doctors have done... and we've been through a lot."

Barron said he's been very grateful for the support of his bandmates, his friends, Universal Records, and especially the Spin Doctors' fans.