The David Crowder*Band has announced that its upcoming album and tour will be its last collectively.

For me, I have to accept this news with mixed emotions. I am a bit sad as, for the past decade, I have been blessed by this band’s music. I believe the David Crowder*Band consists of some of the most innovative, creative, God-loving, people-loving minds on the planet. (Check out this YouTube video for a glimpse of their handiwork!) To think they will leave us with a mere collection of six albums seems inconceivable. I know there is much more that has yet to be mined in the hearts and heads of these amazing artists.

That as-yet-untitled sixth album is currently in the works, and the band will tour to promote its release. The David Crowder* Band’s last full outing, The 7 Tour, is scheduled to hit the road for three months, and the line-up is stellar. In addition to DC*B, the tour will feature Gungor, John Mark McMillan, and Chris August. In addition, it has been promised that the David Crowder*Band will make one final appearance at Passion 2012 in Atlanta next January.

As to the significance of The 7 Tour’s name, the band explained in its announcement, “We’ve always hidden this little number here and there in our music and artwork, sometimes it would appear in the sum of the numerals 3 and 4, and other times it would be sitting there outright, but it’s always been with us. As you know, the number 7 has often been used to represent completion, and that feels exactly where we are as a band.”

And, this is where I have to admit that there is much to be excited about with this announcement. In addition to being a fan, I have had the wonderful opportunity to interview these guys on numerous occasions. Wherever they end up individually, I am sure it will be because God directed them there. You can never be sad because someone is following God’s perfect will and direction in their lives.

As the band further explained, “None of us is sure what’s next, but we’re not afraid. We’re, in fact, really, really excited! And we’re sure that music will play a role in the future for most, if not all, of us, since, well, we wouldn’t know how to not have it a part of our lives. To what extent that will be, none of us is sure. We are hopeful and expecting, and praying that what is ahead of us deepens our need and experience of redemption and multiplies our ability and effectiveness in expressing the story of God in light of the call he has on each of our lives.”

In their inimitable, humble style, the band has expressed its gratitude for the support of their local and extended church communities and continues to ask for prayer as it moves forward.

“We’d love your prayers as we endeavor to put a period at the end of this sentence…We would love for you to join us for one last evening together, singing these songs that God has allowed us to carry.”

I cannot conceive of a period being put to the end of the David Crowder*Band sentence just yet. I prefer to view it as a semi-colon heading into future clauses for each member, each continuing to craft from the original message in his own unique way.

David Crowder*Band Backstage at the 2011 Dove Awards

I look forward with anticipation to see where God leads these men. In the meantime, I may have to indulge in two or three visits to The 7 Tour. I strongly suggest each of you do the same. It is sure to be an experience not to be missed.