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!