Flyleaf replaces Sturm, unveils "New Horizons"

Flyleaf frontwoman Lacey Sturm has bid farewell to the group just days before the release of the band's third album, "New Horizons."

Flyleaf frontwoman Lacey Sturm has bid farewell to the group just days before the release of the band's third album, "New Horizons."

The resigning lead singer is stepping down to focus on her family, according to a press release.

"I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack," Sturm said. "You may have also heard that we recently lost our brilliant sound engineer, Rich Caldwell, in a devastating car accident. Now, more than ever, I understand the phrase Memento Mori. I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf."

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Former Vendera member Kristen May will take on the position, beginning with forthcoming tour dates behind "New Horizons," which hits retailers Oct. 30. The A&M/Octone Records release is available for pre-order now at the band's website.

No word yet on when the band will hit the road in support of the release.

Flyleaf unleashed their second studio album, "Memento Mori," in 2009. That collection peaked at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 and at the top of the magazine's Alternative Albums, Christian Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts.

 

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