David Ragan leaves The Inspirations


Inspirations lead singer David Ragan announced yesterday evening that he is leaving the group. He is married to Michelle Ragan; they have a newborn son, Bradley, born exactly one week ago. 

In a statement posted on Facebook, he indicated that he was not fired; he chose to leave the group due to irreconcilable differences. He added:

Singing for the Inspirations was my dream ever since I first saw them in concert when I was 14 years old. I am very thankful that God allowed me to live that dream for the past 4 ½ years. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. I have met some of the most amazing, wonderful people in the world, and I have been privileged to experience so many things that many people never get to. I have made so many friends, both artists and fans alike, in the past several years. For all of that I am extremely grateful. …

To the guys I have sung with, I support you and love you like brothers. I have never, nor will I ever take your friendship for granted. I wish them all the best and hope they can find somebody that sings better than me!

Let me say a huge thank you to all of you who have supported me, befriended me, and prayed for me during the last 4 ½ years. I am very grateful. At this point I’m not sure what the future holds or if I will sing full-time again, but I will keep you all posted. Please continue to pray for me and my wife along with our newborn son as we begin a transition into a new time in our lives. Please pray that I’m able to find employment soon as well.

I love you all and thank God for the opportunity to be involved in the greatest music this world has ever known. God bless you all.

We ran a feature interview with him in September 2009, which you can read here. He is one of our genre’s most gracious and personable singers; hopefully it won’t be too long until we see him again.

UPDATE, 4/30/13, 7 AM: Jon Epley posted a statement to The Inspirations’ Facebook page:

Hello everyone, this is Jon Epley. First of all, let me say on behalf of all the guys, that we love David and wish the best for him. He is an incredible singer and a good friend. David made a decision that he felt was the right thing for him and his family, and we support his decision. There was no sin or immorality involved, so we can put any of those rumors to rest!

Change is never easy, but at times it is inevitable. We, The Inspirations, will continue to sing about the same Jesus and His great love, and that will never change. We appreciate ALL of our friends and thank you for sticking by us through even the most difficult of times. We hope you will continue to stand by us as we seek the Lord’s will in the search for that one person that God has in mind for us. We know that He always has a plan and covet your prayers in the days ahead. … We love each and every one of you and look forward to seeing you down the road!

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  1. Wow, so sorry to hear he’s leaving the Inspirations. What a great singer & person he is! Hope he gets a job real soon. Blessings to him & his family.

  2. Oh no! I finally saw the Inspirations in person a few months ago, and a big part of their appeal was David. He has such a fine voice and a warm personality.

    • He has been a big part of their appeal, yes.

  3. Very disappointing news.

  4. I thought David was awesome with them and really hate to see him leave. I love his statement where he said he didn’t get fired but it was irreconcilable differences. I had only heard that used in a divorce once 23 years ago. LOL. Anyway that’s a big loss for the Inspirations and for his fans. I am a fan of his for sure. I believe in time he will surface again with another great group or at least I hope he does.


  5. Sad to see him leaving. He really a really great singer. Just thinking , i’ve seen so many singers come and go from this group since i started listening to them, well same as other groups too.

  6. Hate to hear this, as I was looking forward to seeing them all again this summer. But it’ll give someone else a great opportunity to serve.

  7. David is one of the finest young talents to come along in many years. My wife and I have come to appreciate his abilities, but respect him more as a godly and humble man.

    God has a plan for him and we are excited about what He has in store for their family.

    Keep the whole situation in your prayers.

    • Agree…it’d be shame for southern gospel to lose this person and his voice.

      • Clarification: I am in no way implying that David has an obligation to sing. His obligation is to the Lord’s will and his family. I’m just speaking from a fan’s perspective.

      • I knew what you meant. I, too, hope that he stays on the road, but would completely respect any decision to come off.

  8. Sorry to hear that David is leaving the Inspirations. A talented singer, David also was very personable and loved the Lord. I always looked forward to conversing with him about his Pensacola Christian days. He played intermural basketball with our pastor’s son at school.

  9. As stated above, this is disappointing. Extremely so… It has been great seeing such a young talent with a long established iconic quartet like The Inspirations. I was hoping that he would help carry their unique style and sound for decades to come. A very sad turn of events…

  10. Praying for David and his new family. As God directs and leads him. To whatever God wants him to be lead!

  11. I have been a die hard Inspirations fan (groupie) for the past fifteen or twenty years, averaging at least 20 Insp. concerts a year. I have watched them undergo some drastic line up changes. Eddie,Matt, Archie, Melton, Dalls, Daron, Jodi…..and now David. The hardest of all of these for me has definitely been David. God has allowed me to become very good friends with him and I will tell you what you see is what you get with David Ragan. He is a very real and sincere guy and one of the best singers I have ever known.I completly support David in his reasons for leaving, but I will miss him on stage. My personal opinion is that he won’t stay away from SG too long. Although, I’m sure he’s not going to complain about getting to spend some extra time with his sweet family. Please pray for him, change is never easy, but it’s especially difficult when you are under the microscope of SG with people inquiring about your every move. He needs and covets your prayers as he starts this new chapter in his life. Also pray for the remaining singers of the Inspriations as they seek God’s will for who should step up to the lead singer role of the group.

  12. Sorry to see David leave. He was a good asset to the Inspirations. I have had the privilege to introduce the Inspirations in concert over the years in the Searcy, AR area. I have been a fan of the Inspirations for years. I wish them well as they search for a new lead singer. The Lord has someone in His mind already chosen for the position. It’s just left to the timing of this person being revealed to Mr. Martin Cook, Manager and Owner of the Inspirations. Keep the Inspirations in prayer as they continue to sing the Gospel in song all across this great country.