Last night The Contortionist announced that their lead singer Jonathan Carpenter will be parting ways with the band. They have indicated that he is taking time to be with his soon to be born first child and in order to do so will have step back from being in the band. In the meantime the band will have Mike Lessard from Last Chance To Reason fill in on vocals. Read the official announcement from the band’s Facebook below the jump.
If you want to read statements from all parties involved you can read the press release right here. Otherwise, you can read what Jonathan has to say about the whole situation below the jump as well.
The Contortionist’s Facebook:
Friends, we have some news to share tonight. Due to the impending birth of his first child, our vocalist Jonathan Carpenter has decided to retire from touring and leave the band effective immediately. Full statement as well as details on our plan to have our close friend Mike Lessard from the amazing Last Chance To Reason fill in on vocals temporarily on the upcoming touring can be found below. Thank you as always for your support, and we will see you on the road all spring throughout North America.
We will be announcing details on the vocalist search in the near future, so stay tuned.
Statement from Jonathan:
It’s going to be a jarring change of pace for my life, not being on the road most of the year. Making songs with the band and then performing them in front of the best fans has been a once in a lifetime experience. I wouldn’t trade the perspective I’ve found in the past few years for anything. I got to meet so many amazing people and see a good chunk of the world. I absolutely intend to keep creating and playing music in the future, albeit in a more personal pursuit.
I will miss seeing everyone in the TC family very much. I wish the best to all of my band buds and everyone who supports live music and all this heavy banger music we’ve been making. I feel very excited for my future with the love of my life and our pups, and our little one on the way.
Music has always been one of my passions and that’s what drew me to this band in the first place. The music comes first, and I know that the talent of the band will rise above this member change and they will find a new arrangement that will blow your minds.