Veteran rockers Third Day are calling it quits after 25 years, Billboard has learned exclusively. The Grammy winning band heads out in May for a 12-date run produced by Awakening Events and sponsored by Food for the Hungry. The tour kicks off May 31 in Seattle and concludes June 27 at Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver. When it wraps, lead vocalist Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and drummer David Carr will pursue different creative ventures.
“We’ve been talking about it for a while now,” Powell tells Billboard. “I’ve had things I’ve wanted to do and Mark is really enjoying writing and David is loving photography now. So our season was coming to a close. It’s bittersweet. I’m sad that it’s coming to a close, but I’m excited about starting the next season of my life.”
Powell and Lee co-founded Third Day while they were still Georgia high school students (later adding guitarist Brad Avery, bassist Tai Anderson and Carr). The band began building a following around Atlanta and releasing independent projects in the early '90s before inking a deal with Reunion Records. Since then the band has won four Grammys, 24 Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards and numerous other accolades while populating Christian radio with such hits as “Consuming Fire,” “God of Wonders,” “Show Me Your Glory,” “Come Together,” “I Believe,” “King of Glory,” “Cry Out to Jesus,” “Call my Name,” “I Need a Miracle” and “Soul on Fire.” The band’s final album, 2017’s Revival, was recorded in Muscle Shoals.