After being active for 20 years, Christian band Tenth Avenue North says after one last tour they'll be calling it quits.
The band made the announcement on their social media pages earlier this week.
"Dear friends, Words fail when it comes to 'farewell.' Even the best goodbyes are bittersweet. Maybe we’re made for eternity after all," the band writes on Instagram.
Tenth Avenue Formed in the year 2000 when the original members, Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, and Bryan Homan were students at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.
Over the course of their 20-year career, they've put out 15 projects counting independent releases. They've also had eight GMA Dove Award nominations, winning three, including New Artist of the Year in 2009.
"It’s been a glorious, hard-fought, and oftentimes, breathtaking journey. We feel like we’ve seen it all. The Fights. The Victories. Forgiveness. Mercy. Oh yeah. Truck loads of mercy."
The band has seen a number of lineup changes over the years, but Donehey and Jamison had stayed consistent. In 2018 Jamison announced his departure from the band.
"After twenty years, we are all dreaming new dreams, and it’s time to encourage one another to go. Go and do all that is in our hearts to do."
The band began their 'Finally Living Tour' through the United States with Micah Tyler earlier this week. They have since renamed the tour 'The Farewell Tour.' The band says they will also play a few summer festival dates that had been scheduled. There are no Canadian dates currently on their calendar.
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Dear friends, Words fail when it comes to “farewell” Even the best goodbyes are bittersweet. Maybe we’re made for eternity after all. 20 years ago, Tenth Avenue North was nothing but three friends goofing around in a PBA dorm room. We never dreamt it would take us around the globe, not in a million years. But here we are, two decades later, shaking our heads, grateful, in awe. We’re grateful for all the stories, all the tears, for all all the memories we’ve made. Did we mention the music? If you count independent releases, Tenth Avenue North has birthed 15 original music projects. Fifteen. It’s been a glorious, hard-fought, and oftentimes, breathtaking journey. We feel like we’ve seen it all. The Fights. The Victories. Forgiveness. Mercy. Oh yeah. Truck loads of mercy. And now it seems a season is coming to a close. One by one, band members have been moving on. We don’t think this is a sign of unhealth, but quite the opposite. After twenty years, we are all dreaming new dreams, and it’s time to encourage one another to go. Go and do all that is in our hearts to do. That said, tomorrow we will begin the “Finally Living Tour.” Or maybe we’ll now call it, “The Final Farewell Tour,” because that’s what this, a farewell. It is with a great deal of joy and sorrow all mixed up together, we want you to know this will be our last tour as Tenth Avenue North. There will be some summer shows and festivals sprinkled through the rest of this year, and maybe a bit more music as well, but as far as we can tell, this will be the last tour we ever do. We don’t exactly know what the future holds, but we believe this; when the way isn’t clear before us, we do well to pay attention to what doors are being closed behind us. Leaning into this guidance, we are going to lean forward into the unknown. We love you all. It has been an incredible journey. May the God who gave us the grace to continue, give us the grace to end well. Here’s to one last tour together. Hope to see you out there. Cheers, Tenth Avenue North