Tait To Replace Furler As Newsboys Frontman
March 10, 2009 at 7:59 AM (PT)
INPOP RECORDS band NEWSBOYS announced that after 22 years, frontman PETER FURLER will no longer front the band in concert. Founding member of DC TALK and TAIT, MICHAEL TAIT will be touring with the band as lead singer with FURLER making special appearances throughout the year. FURLER will continue with the band in terms of songwriting and production as he focuses on future NEWSBOYS recordings.
TAIT has been appearing on the road with the band over the past few weeks, working alongside FURLER as they prepare to make the change in the coming weeks.
“NEWSBOYS to me has always been a mission, and I entrust MIKE, JEFF, JODY and DUNCAN to continue all that is in store for us as a band. I’m looking forward to focusing on the band’s studio career and spending time in my own bed after many years in a tour bus and hundreds of thousands of miles on the road,” said FURLER. FURLER will release a personal statement in the coming days through the band’s website.
“For years, DC TALK and NEWSBOYS have been family and thus shared the same loyal and adoring fans. When I received the initial call from NEWSBOYS to consider joining the band as lead singer, I was speechless! … Last weekend, I had the opportunity to perform my first show as NEWSBOYS’ frontman to an audience of 12,000 people. I was completely wrapped in love and support by NEWSBOYS’ fans, who are clearly the best fans on the planet ... This is a definite highlight of my career and for my 20+ years of walking with Jesus, and I am humbled, proud and privileged to call myself a NEWSBOY,” said TAIT.
“While the decision to replace PETER on the road was a painstaking one, when the idea of DC TALK vocalist MICHAEL TAIT was presented, it was a no-brainer to all of us. No one can replace PETER, but we know that MICHAEL will bring a new attitude, energy and vocal style that will thrill our audience,” said NEWSBOYS manager WES CAMPBELL.
NEWSBOYS recently finished a new studio album, “In the Hands of God,” which features FURLER as lead vocalist on the entire album. The album will release on INPOP RECORDS on MAY 5th.