Fans of the band Gloriana were no doubt startled last week to see a tweet on the band's Twitter page from mandolin player and singer Cheyenne Kimball. It stated she was no longer going to be a part of Gloriana, and would be updating fans from her own Twitter account from now on.
The tweet was promptly removed, but sadly, it was not a prank. Kimball did make an apparently abrupt--and final--decision to leave the band, which is readying its sophomore album.
The remaining three members of the band--Tom and Mike Gossin, and Rachel Reinert--were understandably bowled over by Kimball's unexplained departure. Tom Gossin, in an interview with the Associated Press, said Kimball left after a show last Friday and didn't respond to emails. The next thing the band knew, Kimball's tweet appeared on their account.
The band put the following statement on their official site: "As you may have heard, Cheyenne Kimball chose to leave our band. We need you to know that Gloriana will absolutely continue on. We couldn't imagine our lives any other way.
We are 100 percent committed to all of you, our fans and supporters. As planned, we will debut our new music video this week and will continue touring and supporting 'Wanna Take You Home' while finishing up our new album. We wish Cheyenne the best of luck in whatever lies ahead for her."
It's a tricky time for Kimball to leave the band, to say the least. Gloriana, who had a No. 1 debut on the country album charts with their first album, has already recorded a good deal of the sophomore effort already as a foursome and are currently touring in support of their new music. (Reinert and the Gossins did not cancel dates and have already played several shows as a trio since Kimball's departure.)
Kimball herself seems caught up in a whirlwind of activity this month. In addition to her decision to leave the band, she tweeted this week that she's newly engaged (to Nashville songwriter Benji White)--and that she's moved into a new apartment.
Gloriana did make good on their promise to go forth with what looks to be their last video featuring Kimball this week, as well. It's for "Wanna Take You Home"--check it out; it's a fun video made a little bittersweet with the realization that the foursome is now a threesome.
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