Rachel Boyd departs Darin & Brooke

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have announced that Rachel Johnson Boyd, their fiddler and harmony vocalist this past 2 years, is leaving the group at the end of December.

Rachel explained her reasons in this note to fans and friends of the band.

“After 2 years of making beautiful music, life-long friendships, and accomplishing dreams with Darin and Brooke Aldridge, I have decided that it is time for me to come off the road. Since Darin, Brooke and the rest of the band have become my very best friends, this decision was extremely hard to make, but after much prayer and consultation with my family, I feel like it is time for me to stay home and begin my new journey as a gooey-mooshy newly-wed and aunt. God has truly blessed me with my experience with Darin and Brooke and I am so thankful to have their support and friendship. I wish them the absolute best….. as in an Opry-filled, award-winning best!!

I am also currently having complications with my right foot and will have to have surgery in the undesirably near future. The surgery typically has a 6-week recovery, so it doesn’t look like I am going to be able to show off my new shoes I got on sale at Belk any time soon. Unfortunately it will be even longer before I will be able to get back on stage as a member of a touring band.

Thank you, friends, fans, and family, for all of your love and support that has helped me to accomplish my dreams and made me feel loved every single place that we have traveled. I hope each of you will understand this decision that I have made for my family. I will miss seeing you from the stage, but no worries; I still plan on sawing a tune every now and then.

God bless each and every one of you.”

Darin and Brooke are holding open auditions now for a fiddler and harmony vocalist to take Rachel’s spot. Anyone interested in auditioning is urged to contact Darin by email.

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