By Billy Hodges
Saturday, October 30, 2010
"It's been nearly six years since I began my career singing with the Kingdom Heirs at Dollywood. So it's with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation from the group. As some of you may know, I began having vocal issues back in the summer of this year. I visited Dr. Cleveland, the Voice Center at Vanderbilt's top expert on vocal issues. They found a lesion on my left vocal cord. After the visit I continued my vocal exercises and instructions that were given to me by Dr. Cleveland. However, the damage had already been done. On Wednesday October 27th after much prayer and consultation with Steve French we both decided that my time with the Kingdom Heirs has come to an end. Through tears we announced to the rest of the group that I would be leaving and my last date would be January 17, 2011."
Steve French says "It's been a real pleasure having Billy, Selena, and Adison Jo as part of the Kingdom Heirs family. All of the guys prayed and hoped that Billy's voice would clear up and he would be able to stay for many more years. Unfortunately it didn't work out as we had planned. Billy and I both agree that it's time and we wish him and his family the best in all of their endeavors. He will always be a Kingdom Heir in our hearts and he will be greatly missed." Search for a new tenor will start immediately.
Billy states, "We had originally planned to make this decision after the first of the year but God led us to this time. I can't stress enough how supportive the Kingdom Heirs have been to me and my family. Steve has been very understanding through all of my struggles. Other groups might have just fired me but Steve knew my family commitments and has promised to give me two and half months to find other employment. It's my intent to continue to work for the Dollywood Company."
"I want to say a honest and heartfelt thank you to all the fans and friends I've made while being with the Kingdom Heirs. I will miss all of you greatly."