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8:51 am - 10/31/2012

Lacey Sturn Has Left Flyleaf

Flyleaf

“As Flyleaf begins this new cycle to introduce our third record New Horizons, we feel our fans should know that Lacey has stepped down as lead vocalist of the band. Her statement below expresses her reasons for leaving. In order to continue on with New Horizons, Sameer, Jared, James, and myself have selected Kristen May, formerly of Vedera, to assume lead vocal duties for future tour dates. We are excited for this new chapter in the history of Flyleaf, and hope that our fans will accompany us as we continue on this journey to bring hope and inspiration through our music. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and we are looking forward to playing for you again soon.” - Pat Seals

"I have been beyond blessed to be in Flyleaf for the past ten years, touring with 4 amazing men and the Flyleaf crew, whom I love like my flesh and blood family. They have all given so much. It took everyone on our team to make the beauty in Flyleaf possible. I am honored to have met so many wonderful people who love Flyleaf music all over the world. Your incredible stories continue to inspire me. I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack. You may have also heard that we recently lost our brilliant sound engineer, Rich Caldwell, in a devastating car accident. Now, more than ever, I understand the phrase Memento Mori. I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf. I wish the best to Jared, Pat, Sameer and James and I know that as I continue to pursue the highest heights of what I am created for, it will free them all to pursue that for themselves too.

The guys will continue to tour and write music together. I'm so very grateful that they are able to do what they desire and that there is a beautiful and talented, warm hearted girl like Kristen May to sing for them. Because of this, you will all get a chance to see a new Flyleaf show and support the new album.

As I take this first step on a new journey, I pray that each one of you would pursue your highest calling with reckless abandon as well, understanding that sometimes the fullness of life comes in doing things that are only understood by you, God, and the special people God has put in your life that truly love you for you… not for what you do, but for who you are. I love you guys so much and in many ways, I will stay in touch. May God bless you all with healthy hearts, full of courage to weather the journey to your own New Horizons." - Lacey Sturm

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Absolutely bummed right now. They've been one of my favorite bands for nearly six years now. :(
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strangefancy 31st-Oct-2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, and the day after they release their new album, harsh.
timeofdying 31st-Oct-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
It actually happened a few days ago, but I just now found out about it this morning.
justmyowl 31st-Oct-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
oh no, how will i ever go on?
sviibwhapp 31st-Oct-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing she left because she just got married and had a kid but I don't know for sure.
hunty 31st-Oct-2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
no1curr. lol christian rock.
die2nitelive4ev 31st-Oct-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
how hipster of you
hunty 31st-Oct-2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
ty
mhfromnh 31st-Oct-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
it's a got-dam oxymoron.
102bb 31st-Oct-2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
I really like Lacey's voice
eyduh 31st-Oct-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
i always thought it was so annoying, haha
yah_bish_yah 31st-Oct-2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Aw I love this band. Idk if I'll be interested in their music is Lacey isn't fronting it.
mandramoddle 31st-Oct-2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
I didn't know until I started playing SongPop that this group is considered a Christian band.
principino 31st-Oct-2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I don't blame her one bit. They weren't supportive of the abortion.
d00ditsemily 31st-Oct-2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh you.
empirebird 31st-Oct-2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
exactly
silly_izzy_me 31st-Oct-2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
huh
cherrybombx 31st-Oct-2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
lol
mhfromnh 31st-Oct-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
perfect icon.
truexillusions 31st-Oct-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Wait, what?
fred2265 31st-Oct-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Didn't see that coming..
illusivevenstar 31st-Oct-2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
And nothing of value was lost.
symphonicdream 31st-Oct-2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Memento Mori was so good - I think I'm going to have to listen to New Horizons a bit more for it to grow on me.

Also maybe I don't actually listen to their lyrics much but I always forget that they're a Christian band (aside from their self-titled album)
timeofdying 31st-Oct-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Their older stuff was more upfront about it, but I think they got more subtle in their lyrics throughout the years.
bodyline 31st-Oct-2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
At least they seemingly parted on good terms? It could have been a Tarja situation, lol. Ain't no one here for that.

I like the new album a lot, "So I Thought" is still their best song tho
sharpietoday 31st-Oct-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Aw, I really liked this band :|
rebeljean 31st-Oct-2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
What? Noooo!!!
empirebird 31st-Oct-2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
oh... they were still making music and stuff... that's cute
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