, one of the most successful acts in the history of Christian rock music, has announced plans to disband at the end of 2006. The quartet of Mark Stuart, Will McGinniss, Ben Cissell, and Tyler Burkum will honor its fans with a final CD/DVD release called Adios
and select live events later this year.
The decision comes amidst physical challenges being put upon lead singer Stuart's signature rock voice. After years of giving his all onstage and in the recording studio, doctors say the strain his voice has endured will prevent him from continuing a consistent live performance schedule.
"Fifteen years of rock 'n' roll takes a toll on the vocal chords, but I wouldn't trade a day of it for anything," says Stuart. "Touring and making records with Will, Ben, and Tyler has truly been a gift from God, as well as worshiping night after night with the greatest fans on the planet."
Formed in 1991, Audio Adrenaline quickly emerged among the top modern Christian rock bands. Along the way, the group has sold over three millions albums, scored a Gold record (1996's Bloom), 18 No 1 singles, and CCM magazine's Song of the Decade ("Big House). Audio A's 2003 release, Worldwide
, won the Grammy award for Best Rock Gospel Album, and the group's latest disc, Until My Heart Caves In, is nominated for that same honor in 2006.
Still in development, Adios will collect the band's greatest hits and two new recordings. A special edition is scheduled to include a DVD containing Audio Adrenaline videos, concert footage, and exclusive band interviews. Other artists, from tobyMac
and Steven Curtis Chapman
to Relient K
, will also be interviewed for the project.
Peter York, president of EMI CMG label group, says "The plans emerging for Adios promise to deliver a fun and poignant experience in which Audio Adrenaline fans can participate. The band's legacy is one that will continue to make an impact for many years to come."
Known for its humanitarian aid, Audio Adrenaline will continue raising funds for the Hands and Feet Project, a non-profit organization the band started to benefit orphans in Haiti. Elsewhere, the band will also remain closely involved with the Flicker Records label (Pillar
, etc.) it started in 1999.