REDEMPTION's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist Nicolas van Dyk has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"I am excited to introduce you to Sean Andrews, REDEMPTION's newest member. Sean is an exceptionally gifted bassist and he replaces the departing James Sherwood, who remains a friend of the REDEMPTION family as he explores other musical interests.
"Sean's major influences include Geddy Lee, Stuart Hamm, Victor Wooten and John Myung. Sean has known our drummer, Chris Quirarte, for many years and was in fact the original bassist of Chris' band PRYMARY, circa 1996. He played in a variety of bands in the late 1990s and in 2004, he performed as a guest musician on the CHAIN.EXE project from Henning Pauly (FRAMESHIFT). For the last ten years, he has been teaching bass and guitar.
"It was not easy to find a bass player that could live up to the high bar that James set during his time with us. James is an amazingly talented player and contributed a great deal to REDEMPTION's sound. I can say, however, that in Sean Andrews, we have someone every bit as talented and unique, and someone who is going to play an even more integral role in our band. He is the perfect choice to fill the very demanding position of REDEMPTION's bass player.
"As for James, we wish him well and thank him very much for his contribution. We look forward to hearing about his next musical projects, even as we prepare to work very closely with Sean in the immediate future. More information on this front to follow in the next few days..."
REDEMPTION's sophomore album, "The Fullness of Time", featuring FATES WARNING frontman Ray Alder, was released last June via Sensory Records. Alder was a guest musician for one track on REDEMPTION's self-titled debut (released on Sensory in 2003), and he joined the group on-stage at Atlanta's ProgPower festival in September of that year to perform this song. Alder and van Dyk also collaborated previously on a track on the first ENGINE CD.