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David Ragan Departs The Inspirations

April 29, 2013 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Inspirations

Change is in the air once again, as this announcement from the Inspirations lead singer just hit the Internet. From his Facebook page:

Hello friends, I have some unfortunate news. As of Friday, April 26th, 2013, exactly one week after my son was born, I am no longer the lead singer for the Inspirations.

There will no doubt be many questions about this, and I am prepared to answer any of them that you might have. Let me say first that I want to put any potential rumors to rest by stating that I was not fired for any kind of moral issues or anything else of that nature. The decision was mine to make, even though I did not expect to have to make it last week. Needless to say, the past week and a half has been very chaotic for me and my wife.

Singing for the Inspirations was my dream ever since I first saw them in concert when I was 14 years old. I am very thankful that God allowed me to live that dream for the past 4 ½ years. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. I have met some of the most amazing, wonderful people in the world, and I have been privileged to experience so many things that many people never get to. I have made so many friends, both artists and fans alike, in the past several years. For all of that I am extremely grateful.

Last week I was presented with a situation that I believed was completely unreasonable. Without getting too specific, there were simply too many irreconcilable differences for me to continue with the group. I was not fired; I decided to leave. It was in the best interests of me and my family to do so, even though it is not something that I had planned before last week. If anyone has any specific questions I have nothing to hide, but I would prefer to answer questions in a personal message rather than on a public post.

To the guys I have sung with, I support you and love you like brothers. I have never, nor will I ever take your friendship for granted. I wish them all the best and hope they can find somebody that sings better than me!

Let me say a huge thank you to all of you who have supported me, befriended me, and prayed for me during the last 4 ½ years. I am very grateful. At this point I’m not sure what the future holds or if I will sing full-time again, but I will keep you all posted. Please continue to pray for me and my wife along with our newborn son as we begin a transition into a new time in our lives. Please pray that I’m able to find employment soon as well.

I love you all and thank God for the opportunity to be involved in the greatest music this world has ever known. God bless you all.


I came to appreciate David’s work with the group over his relatively brief tenure with the group, both on and off the stage. On stage, he was a dynamic voice that clearly defined their sound. On top of the Appalachian Gospel sound that the quartet has become known for over the years, you could tell who was singing when the lead singer stepped up to the microphone. Aside from that, I enjoyed interacting with him at the product table. While I have never seen the group in a full concert, I had the opportunity to talk to David on numerous occasions at NQC, and I greatly appreciate his friendly demeanor and the kind words he had to say about this little corner of the web. I wish him well.

Obviously, family comes first, and while you always hate to see them go, it’s completely understandable, especially with a newborn. While some details of the departure are apparently not the most pleasant, I hope that both parties can amicably move forward, and am anticipating good things from both David and the Inspirations with their new vocalist.

Update: Inspirations baritone Jon Epley posted this on behalf of the group:

Hello everyone, this is Jon Epley. First of all, let me say on behalf of all the guys, that we love David and wish the best for him. He is an incredible singer and a good friend. David made a decision that he felt was the right thing for him and his family, and we support his decision. There was no sin or immorality involved, so we can put any of those rumors to rest!

Change is never easy, but at times it is inevitable. We, The Inspirations, will continue to sing about the same Jesus and His great love, and that will never change. We appreciate ALL of our friends and thank you for sticking by us through even the most difficult of times. We hope you will continue to stand by us as we seek the Lord’s will in the search for that one person that God has in mind for us. We know that He always has a plan and covet your prayers in the days ahead.

We know that there are many questions; however, out of respect to David’s privacy and the group’s privacy, no questions will be answered on this public page. On a final note, the last thing David did as administrator of this page was remove his previous post. We did not remove it, that was his decision. Editor’s note: The post referred to here is the announcement above. David posted to his personal Facebook first, then the group’s page.

Once again, thank you all so much for your prayers and support. We love each and every one of you and look forward to seeing you down the road!

I Corinthians 15:58

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6 Comments to “David Ragan Departs The Inspirations”

  1. Wow! I really appreciate his honesty. I appreciate him saying things ended in a way he wasn’t expecting rather than making something up about God leading. God does lead people, but God isn’t behind everything people credit Him with leading them to do.

  2. He did a good job at stopping short of being pretty upset. I know I would be if I just had a baby and now had to make an unexpected job change. I agree with JSR, I am glad that I didn’t hear another , God is calling me to a new chapter in my music and ministry answer. Just be honest and move on. When you see people changing groups 2 or 3 months after joining and giving God the credit for the change, that just doesn’t cut it with me. I just don’t believe God is that confused about who he wants singing where.

    David, keeping praying and seeking God’s perfect will for your life and family. He will provide! I lost my daughters first year of life by being on the road. She took her first steps in a hotel room in Santa Anna CA when they were out visiting the quartet while we were in CA. You will find the perfect situation for you and the family.

  3. Bryan Hutson says:

    Yes, God gets blamed for alot of things…

    David is a great guy and I consider him a friend. Continue to pray for him and his family.

  4. Sabrina says:

    I have been a die hard Inspirations fan (groupie) for the past fifteen or twenty years, averaging at least 20 Insp. concerts a year. I have watched them undergo some drastic line up changes. Eddie,Matt, Archie, Melton, Dalls, Daron, Jodi…..and now David. The hardest of all of these for me has definitely been David. God has allowed me to become very good friends with him and I will tell you what you see is what you get with David Ragan. He is a very real and sincere guy and one of the best singers I have ever known.I completly support David in his reasons for leaving, but I will miss him on stage. My personal opinion is that he won’t stay away from SG too long. Although, I’m sure he’s not going to complain about getting to spend some extra time with his sweet family. Please pray for him, change is never easy, but it’s especially difficult when you are under the microscope of SG with people inquiring about your every move. He needs and covets your prayers as he starts this new chapter in his life. Also pray for the remaining singers of the Inspriations as they seek God’s will for who should step up to the lead singer role of the group.

  5. Jane Miller says:

    There are two sides to every story. God Bless both David and the Inspirations. I believe all of them are good men.


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