Forgive me for waiting so long to write this. It has been a crazy couple of weeks making the transition from music back to television – and I am still in the process of moving into my new place in Chicago. Life just won’t slow down… but that’s the way I like it!
I am leaving Straight No Chaser with a heavy heart and thousands (yes thousands) of wonderful memories. I’ve already said what I need to say to the guys – now it’s time for me to write to all of you.
Straight No Chaser is the luckiest band on the planet. Bands often brag about their fans – but we have a truly remarkable relationship with ours. We have worked hard to make you feel as close to the SNC family as possible. In fact – you ARE our family. The emails, facebook/twitter posts, presents and pictures have meant so much to me. Talking with you after the shows never grew tiresome. It always felt great seeing everyone’s smiles up close.
The day of our last concert in Atlantic City, a few dozen ‘superfans’ gave me one of the best presents I’ve ever received… a scrapbook. This was no ordinary scrapbook – each fan made a page with great pictures, messages, thoughts, poems… even a hilarious fairytale (with me as the star haha!). I’ve had so much fun going through it. To those of you who helped make the scrapbook – I can’t thank you enough. I’ll keep it forever.
While I’m thrilled to be back on TV, there will be many times when I will wish I was on stage with SNC bringing the house down. There is nothing like making thousands of people smile with wonderful music. I loved seeing new cities for the first time and performing in historic venues – and more than anything, I loved meeting new fans! But even though my days performing with SNC are over, I hope to keep writing for the group.
Now that I'm no longer directing the group, let me assure you that Tyler, Walt and Ryan have everything it takes to lead SNC. They are amazing arrangers and great directors. And my replacement Don? I assure you that Don is the PERFECT addition to SNC. He has an incredible voice – both as a soloist and a background guy. Plus, I wouldn’t be surprised if he contributes a great arrangement or two… You are going to love watching him perform!
I expect great things from Straight No Chaser. And I sleep well at night knowing our fans will always be there cheering the group on. I hope y'all will get to see a show during the fall tour – and if you’re in Chicago, I’ll be in audience!
With much love and warm gratitude to all of SNC's amazing fans,