Longtime bass player for GRAMMY Award winning Christian group Third Day Tai Anderson is leaving the group. Anderson announced his departure from the band after over two decades to focus on personal priorities at home.
Anderson and the group released this statement over on their Facebook page:
"I am currently in a season of life where I find that God is leading me to place my identity as a child of God and as a husband and father above the touring lifestyle. Therefore, after a lot of prayerful consideration and discussion with my family, the members of the band and our incredible support team, we have all agreed that I should take a break from the upcoming touring season with Third Day. This decision obviously doesn't come lightly - I've always been, and will remain THIRD DAY's biggest fan."
However, this will not stop Third Day from releasing a new worship album, titled LEAD US BACK, on March 3, 2015. This will be the third worship recording that the multi-Platinum rock band will have released since the group made their mark on the music industry in 1996 with their self-titled debut smash on Reunion Records, which was certified Gold by the RIAA. It will also include a deluxe version, with an additional disc of 10 fan favorites from THIRD DAY, captured LIVE ON THE ROAD from their previous sold-out tour performances.
Says vocalist Mac Powell, "We've wantedto do a worship album for quite a while but have been waiting for the right time. NOW is that time! I believe this is the best batch of songs that we have ever recorded!"
The group's previous worship albums, OFFERINGS - A Worship Album in 2000 and OFFERINGS II - ALL I HAVE TO GIVE in 2003, have been the two biggest selling albums of the band's career to date.
"I think the essence of THIRD DAY music," says drummer David Carr, "has always had a thread of worship to it, whether we've classified an album as worship or not. Though we are confident in the direction we took on previous albums, we felt it was time for us to revisit the emotion and heart that comes through when the songs are unabashedly directed to God."