Chris Rupp has been with Home Free since day one, when he founded the group along with his brother, Adam, and three of their friends. Their friends eventually left the group, and current members Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, and Tim Foust joined the Rupp brothers when they competed on NBC's a cappella competition show, The Sing-Off.
Home Free went on to win the show, and their popularity has soared ever since. Their music videos on YouTube have millions of views, and their latest album, Country Evolution, peaked at the fourth spot on the Billboard country charts.
In addition to serving as Home Free's baritone harmony singer, Chris is given the credit for being the group's musical director, and is also a skilled pianist and composer.
After 15 years of hard work perfecting his skills as a musician, Home Free announced on Friday (Mar. 18) that Chris has made the difficult decision to part ways with the band and pursue a solo career.
Home Free wrote that Chris plans on pursuing some "passion projects," including his solo album Shine, which was released earlier this year. They also said that the group will not be saying goodbye to Chris for good, and that he still plans on collaborating with them in the future.
"We could not be more excited for Chris' future musical endeavors and can't wait to see all of the content that's coming!" Home Free wrote, "We support him 100%, and we want you to support him as well."
To eliminate any worries their fans may have, Home Free also shared that they are not breaking up, and that Alabama-based singer Adam Chance will be taking Chris' place.
Although we're sad to hear Chris is leaving Home Free, we're excited to follow him on his journey as he pursues his solo projects.
Tune in below to watch Home Free's insanely popular music video for their cover of "Ring of Fire."
Best of luck in your future endeavors Chris!
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