This just in from the Booth Brothers. I’m stunned! In this video announcement, Michael shares that Jim has some new ministry opportunities that will keep him from being able to continue working with the group. Although I presume that he will contribute his writing skills to them along with the other groups who’ve recorded his work, his singing will be sorely missed.
This has really been a year of hard losses for southern gospel music. If you thought it couldn’t get worse than Pat Barker leaving the Mark Trammell Quartet, this is about the only thing that could beat it. I’m excited for Jim and his wife Melissa as they step into God’s will, but man oh man. Pray that Michael and Ronnie will find just the right replacement. Fortunately, he will continue touring with them until the end of the year—long enough for me to catch them all in concert for one last time!
(Added note: I love Michael’s approach in explaining why they did this in video form rather than writing. Because people always wonder whether there’s “something between the lines” in a press release, they chose this way to make it clear that “there is NOTHING between the lines!” Thank you Michael!)