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Joshua Ball Leaves The Ball Brothers

April 24, 2012 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Ball Brothers

Change has hit the lineup of Ball Brothers once again with the departure of bass vocalist Joshua Ball. In true “Ball Brothers” fashion, the press release for the change was both heartfelt and humorous:

Chickamauga, GA – THE SKY IS FALLING! The previous line was intended to make the following statement less shocking. After 6 years with the Ball Brothers, Joshua Ball has retired . . . at age 26. Josh states, “I was going to resign, then it dawned on me that retirement made more sense. The guys will have to pay me until Social Security kicks in. All joking aside, I am leaving the Ball Brothers. I will miss all the friends I have made and I will miss singing and being with the guys, but I am definitely looking forward to spending more time at home. I’ll still be the Ball Brothers ‘#1 fan’ but it won’t be as weird now that I’m no longer in the group.”

Daniel Ball said, “Most press releases are boring and void of useful information. I read them . . . then wonder what the ‘real’ story was? In order to avoid unfounded speculation, I will seed speculation with misinformation. We fired Josh because he is our family’s version of “Joseph”. Andrew and I were jealous that he was Dad’s favorite so we sold him on eBay and told dad that he was eaten. BAM!!! There’s your story! Seriously . . . We’re saddened that Josh is leaving, but fully support his decision. We are thankful for Josh’s hard work and contributions and look forward to seeing what God has in store for Josh and the Ball Brothers.”

The new Ball Brother will be announced soon!

For more information about the Ball Brothers visit: www.theballbrothers.com

I will be interested to see what kind of sound the group adopts as a new vocalist is brought in. Josh was a bass, but was more of a “lower blend” part than a true bass. The hire of a bass singer in the traditional sense would give the Ball Brothers sound a whole new dynamic. I enjoyed Josh’s work with the group and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Side note: The group put this press release in a Facebook status update, and had this note at the bottom: “Our sincere apologies to any blog or news editor that has to edit this release.”

Apology accepted, guys! As always, I got a chuckle out of reading a press release from the Ball Brothers, no matter what the news was!