Update: Since fans have used this space to express inquiries about David Ragan’s reasons for coming off the road, I thought I would post this new Facebook clarification from Libbi Stuffle.
“I think this conversation has went far enough!! First, I believe in my heart that some things are better left unsaid. People have good intentions and others have enquiring minds as to ‘know how to pray’ situation, when it’s really just so they can say, they know. And no prayers are ever said. All I will say is: David left the group on his own to go home to deal with some serious personal issues. It’s hard for him to answer your questions because he left FB and Twitter and had his number changed. Best thing is to pray for him and his situation. If you feel you ‘MUST’ know more details or info, then get in touch with him. The questions do get old and tiring when we have so much other stuff more important to do and handle. I’m not being mean, but we love David and pray for him and his family and protect his privacy to deal with this situation.”
In another surprising turn of events for the Perrys, lead singer David Ragan has come off the road, yet again leaving that spot open. Thankfully, I can’t think of any young talent better suited to fill it than Andrew Goldman. Folks may recognize him as the baritone for former EHSS lead Ryan Seaton’s quartet Union Street. He’s been turning heads for a couple years with his tone, power and range. Perhaps one reason he stands out is that he’s actually a classically trained vocalist. In fact, I just found this senior recital video of him performing “Nessun Dorma.” He shies away a little from the big monster note at the end, but otherwise, great!
I ran a spotlight article on him a while back showcasing his talent. I believe if anybody can take on the Perrys’ powerhouse catalogue while bringing his own style to the table, it’s this guy. Welcome to the Perrys, and welcome to StowTown, Andrew! HT to Lauren’s Views From the Pew for this video of Andrew with the group: