While there’s nothing official up on their website yet, Glenn Lavender of the band Downhere announced today on behalf of the band that January 1, 2013 will mark the end of their traveling ministry. Lavender suggests the band is not breaking up, and that they might play a show or two here and there, but that consistent touring is over.
I’m a huge fan of the band so I’m sad to see the news. They have made consistently excellent music for many years now, and remain one of the more underappreciated acts in Christian music.
Here’s the full text of Lavender’s announcement:
Sad day to make this announcement. This is from myself and my brothers.
It is with many memories and deep feelings that we relay to you the decision we have made over the course of the last year. January 1st 2013 will mark the end of our traveling ministry for the foreseeable future.
It has become very clear to us that this chapter of our journey, initiated by God, is drawing to a close. While we mourn the end of this season we also celebrate over a decade of ministry. It has been hard work and our families have paid a big price. The friends, songs, experiences, and lives changed as a result of hearing the truth of God’s love have sustained us through many years and miles.
For those of you who know us well, you know that this is not a band break up. In fact, we are open to playing a select few shows or events in the future. After many years and miles spent together we have become a band of brothers who love each other dearly. There is not one single variable that has initiated this change; rather it would seem the same sovereign hand that has guided us together for this season is now leading us in different directions. We are grateful for the role you have played in our lives. Your encouragement and support over the years has carried us through thick and thin.
We have always wanted to finish well. We believe that means finishing together, as a band… and that is what we are going to do. We are working on setting up a few wrap-up shows this fall – more information will be forthcoming as things get solidified.
Jason, Marc, Glenn, & Jeremy