downhere says "farewell"

I had some sad news relayed to me today. I just discovered that the Canadian band, downhere was calling it quits. I seem to be a bit behind the times as the band made the following official announcement back in July.

Hello friends,

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

It’s unfortunate that downhere never seemed to obtain the accolades that they so richly deserved. I’ve spoken with many professionals in the music industry regarding this band. All were of the same opinion, downhere was above and beyond what other Christian bands were producing. Lyrically and musically downhere was a unique and defining talent in the realm of Christian music.

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