Long-time guitarist Drew Shirley has left GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Switchfoot. Drew played in the band All Together Separate in the late 1990s. He started touring with Switchfoot soon after their 2003 release The Beautiful Letdown. He became an official member of the band on May 4, 2005.
Switchfoot announces through social media, "Friends, there's no easy way to say this. After years of sharing the road, Drew and the band have decided to take different paths, and will be parting ways. He joined us shortly after the release of our 4th album and we've shared an incredible journey, full of countless highs and lows together."
Drew parts ways with the band on amicable terms. "We love Drew dearly, and we are so thankful for the time and memories we have had. This has certainly been a difficult season for us, encountering challenges that have ultimately taken us in different directions. We have always said that our friendships are more important than the band. And it's still true: our love for each other is so much bigger than rock and roll."
Switchfoot is hopeful for what the future holds. "We are excited to see what the next chapter holds for Drew, and also for Switchfoot. We are beyond thankful for the support that all of you have shown us during this challenging time and we remain committed to this community, each other, and to the journey we share together. More now than ever before, hope deserves an anthem."