In a joint statement issued this morning, the Kingdom Heirs' tenor Jodi Hosterman and baritone/manager Steve French have this to say:
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation from the Kingdom Heirs. I am sad that this part of my life is coming to a close. I have spent two of the best years ever as a member of the Kingdom Heirs. Over time, it became apparent that the amount of singing required by Dollywood's performance schedule was extremely demanding vocally, and I was not able to consistently perform at the level I expected or that I feel this group deserves.
I wish the Kingdom Heirs nothing but the best. These guys are my friends and will continue to be so. I know that God has big things in store for their ministry, as well as my own. I will continue to sing in whatever capacity God chooses to use me.
I thank all of you that I was able to meet for your love and support. You will never know what your kind words and expressions of love have meant to me. I am excited to see what the future holds as my wife and I are expecting a little girl in January and we look forward to her arrival.
Please remember me fondly as that is how I will remember all of you.
It has been a joy to have Jodi as a member of the Kingdom Heirs. The group and I are very saddened with his decision, but we, along with Jodi, are at peace with it. God always sends the right people at the right time. Jodi came at the right time. He is a great singer and the perfect quartet man. We can never thank him enough for what he and his wife Debbie has meant to our group. God is going to use him in a mighty way. He is a wonderful young man and I am proud to have him as a friend.
Please keep Jodi and Debbie in your prayers. Jodi will remain with our group until we find a replacement.