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Troy Peach Returns To The Perrys

October 27, 2014 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Perrys

After announcing baritone Bryan Walker’s resignation to answer his call to preach, The Perrys are seeing a return of a former member of the group. From the Singing News:

TROY PEACH RETURNS TO THE PERRYS

“Like a son coming home,” is how Libbi Perry Stuffle makes the announcement describing the return of Troy Peach to the Perrys, a position he last held four years ago. Troy replaces the departing Bryan Walker, whose resignation was announced two weeks ago. Troy comes to the group having most recently toured with the Bowling Family.

Troy says, “I’m thrilled to be back with the Perrys! Libbi and Tracy are literally like family. We live five minutes from each other. Jarod is like a little brother. Andrew is among the best talents in our industry. And who sings better songs than the Perrys? After four years, it feels good to be back with Tracy and Libbi. It is my goal to, of course, be that vocal part they need, but also to assist Libbi in all aspects of the group’s ministry. I do believe in timing and seasons for everything, and I beleive that this is the right time to step back on the Perrys bus and do what I can to help the group continue to grow and prosper.”

The transition to the Perrys will take place in the next two weeks. The Perrys thank everyone for their continued prayers and support during this time.

Here’s one of my favorite Troy Peach features from his first tenure with the group. His wife, Katy, is filling in for Libbi in this clip.

Joseph Habedank Departs The Perrys

May 21, 2013 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Perrys

In a move that is among the most unexpected this year, the lead singer for the group has made this announcement on their Facebook page:

Dear Friends,

After 10 years of having the great privilege to serve with the Perrys, I have decided to step down as Lead Singer at this time. Libbi and I talked earlier this week, and while I would never want to abandon her in such a great time of need, sometimes The Lord has other plans. There aren’t enough words for me to express how truly grateful I am for both Tracy and Libbi giving me the opportunity that they have. They are like parents to me and I love them dearly. I will miss them.

To the Gospel Music community, thank you all for loving and accepting me over the years. I never dreamed that The Lord would allow me to feel so loved by the fans of Gospel Music. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

As for my future, only The Lord knows what He has in store. I am confident of this one thing tho; I am absolutely nothing without Him and I only want His perfect will for my life. My wife, Lindsay, and I both covet your prayers in this time of transition. We love you all.

With a grateful heart,
Joseph Habedank

Libbi Perry Stuffle also had this to say:

A personal note from Libbi,

While it saddens me that Joseph is leaving, we definitely respect his and Lindsay’s need to reevaluate their lives and future. He has been like a son to me and Tracy. Although he is leaving our group, we will always consider him part of our family.

As for the Perry’s, we will continue on. It is my plan to be back on the road as soon and as much as possible. I don’t have all the answers right now, but God is in control. Thank you for your love and prayers for me, Tracy, Jared, Bryan, and Leah; and your continued support of the group.

In His Grip,
Libbi

Prayers are going out to both parties. This transition is especially tough given all the group is going through right now with Tracy, and I have no doubt it was a decision that was not made lightly.

Joseph has become a definitive voice in Southern Gospel music over his tenure with the group, and his songwriting skills have also made a big impact for both The Perrys and other groups. I trust we’ll continue seeing his name in songwriter credits even if he is not on the road.