Billy Hodges leaves Kingdom Heirs
The Kingdom Heirs have announced Billy Hodges’ resignation from the group. He leaves on great terms with the other members, but has to cut back singing due to a lesion on his left vocal chord. This Wednesday, he prayed and talked with Steve French, and said: “We both decided that my time with the Kingdom Heirs has come to an end. Through tears we announced to the rest of the group that I would be leaving and my last date would be Jan 17th 2011.”
“It’s been a real pleasure having Billy, Selena, and Adison Jo as part of the Kingdom Heir family,” said group manager Steve French. “All of the guys prayed and hoped that Billy’s voice would clear up and he would be able to stay for many more years. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as we had planned. Billy and I both agree that it’s time and we wish him and his family the best in all of their endeavors. He will always be a Kingdom Heir in our hearts and he will be greatly missed.”
Hodges thanked French for being understanding: “Other groups might have just fired me but Steve knew my family commitments and has promised to give me two and half months to find other employment. It’s my intent to continue to work for the Dollywood Company.” He added, “I want to say a honest and heartfelt thank you to all the fans and friends I’ve made while being with the Kingdom Heirs. I will miss all of you greatly.”
When a group change has to happen, it is refreshing to see it go down this way.