Bryan Simpson has just announced his departure from Cadillac Sky, a band he has fronted since 2002, and which is closely associated with his voice, songwriting and stage presence. In a message sent last night to the C-SKY email list, Simpson explains his decision to leave.
Three years ago I would have never imagined this day anywhere in my near future. But that was before Jesus Christ turned my life upside down and made me forever His in the Spring of 2008. Since then He has continued to devour my life and everything in it. Daily my desire for Him grows. The longing for more time spent in complete devotion to Him combined with a desire to be more mobile in my faith has led me to this decision.
Over the last year I have felt a relentless stirring in my soul that it was time for me to leave Cadillac Sky. So, after many long months of prayer, in the summer I informed the band of my decision. From that moment I have had a great peace about it. Now don’t get me wrong, C-Sky has been a huge part of my life for so long it will be weird to not be in it. But even with the great opportunities that have come along since, I have never felt an ounce of regret or second guessing in my spirit. But I also have no regrets for my time spent in C-Sky. Through it God has drawn me to Him, and has given me great friends that are more like brothers than bandmates. Not to mention, for the better part of eight years, I’ve heard my songs played by some of the most creative and talented musicians this planet has to offer. And last but certainly not least, I have been honored with a great family of fans ever since this thing got going.
The vision for my life post C-Sky is still coming together but the mission for my life is simply the furthering of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I petition your prayers as I am sure my greatest adventure is yet to come.
One last thing I would ask: Please continue to support my friends as they move forward with Cadillac Sky. And know this: the man that is going to move into my vacated spot, an announcement deserving of its own email, is extremely gifted and will not disappoint. I am excited to see and hear what is to come. Cadillac Sky is in very good hands.
I sincerely thank all those who have encouraged me, taught me, and loved me with open arms over my time in Cadillac Sky.
Cadillac Sky will use their upcoming tour with Mumford & Sons to introduce their newest member, Levi Lowery. We should have more details about this shortly.
UPDATE 6:15 p.m. – A bit more information has come today from C-Sky central. Levi will join the band starting on October 27. The guys are delighted to have him on board, and Levi offered a few words about stepping into such extra-large shoes.
“Over the past five months, I have had the privilege of getting to know the guys in Cadillac Sky. They have been one of my favorite bands since I stumbled onto their record, Blind Man Walking, several years back. And now I have the honor of calling them my friends.
I have always had, and still have the utmost respect for Bryan. If I tried to replace him, it would ultimately end in failure. I will be bringing something different to the table, and I can only hope and pray that you like what you hear. Thank you for this opportunity. In other words, it looks like I probably won’t see my house for the next couple of years. But I assure you that I will be working hard with Cadillac Sky as well as my solo career.
Thank y’all so much for your continued support.”
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