Longtime FLYLEAF lead singer Lacey Sturm has announced her departure from the band. Kristen May, formerly of the group VEDERA, will join the remaining members of FLYLEAF on the road to promote their new album, "New Horizons".
Commented FLYLEAF bassist Pat Seals: "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."
Sturm's official statement about her departure:
"I have been beyond blessed to be in FLYLEAF for the past ten years, touring with four 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.'"
"New Horizons" will be released on October 30 via A&M/Octone. The CD's cover artwork was designed by Pat Seals, who also created a fold-out poster as part of the packaging.
FLYLEAF has just released the second single from the album titled "Call You Out". The song is the follow-up to the title track from the new CD.
FLYLEAF's debut self-titled album has now sold 1.4 million units and is certified platinum. "All Around Me" reached the Top 10 on Top 40 Radio. FLYLEAF has also charted six singles at modern and rock radio.
FLYLEAF's last album, "Memento Mori", debuted at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Again" from the album went all the way No. 2 at Modern Rock radio.