I got this press release Sunday from Delirous? and thought I should pass it on:

We would like to address all our fans, our friends and people around the world who have faithfully supported Delirious?

After 14 albums, thousands of shows in front of millions of people, and many extraordinary memories, we have decided that at the end of 2009 we will take a break from recording and playing as a band.

Our decision was triggered by a request from Martin to be released from the band to pursue new projects including his work with CompassionArt and the desire to be at home more with Anna and his children. We have of course honoured this request and made a decision together that now is the time to end this chapter of our lives.

We will continue to play and be excited about our current tours and bookings but will not be adding many more over the coming 17 months..

We are all so deeply grateful to our incredible fans who have sung the songs and allowed Delirious? the privilege of providing the soundtrack to many lives over the years. From the school hall in Littlehampton to the stadiums of the world we have many stories to tell our children’s children. Delirious also would not be what it is without our amazing wives and families, and our gratitude to them is immense. We will now move forward to the next part of our lives where new challenges unfold and greater stories will be written.

We want to make it absolutely clear that although this decision has been extremely painful and difficult, we are still great friends and our respect for each other is unquestionable. We love playing in this band together and know that even though 2009 will bring an end to this current journey, there will be more adventures together in years to come.

We always used to say that we were ‘taking it wherever it goes’. The music ended up going further and deeper than we could ever have dreamed, yet we are now at a point where our creative futures will spread out and take on different journeys.

Thanks again for believing in us through all these years. We believe the best is yet to come.

– Jon, Martin, Paul, Stu G and Tim

Even though I’ve been getting more into indie music lately, I feel a sort of sadness that Delirious? will be done next year.  I think it’s great that they’ll be spending more time with their families and other ministry areas, but… man, Delirious? is leaving behind quite a legacy.

I remember when I was barely a Christian yet and someone bought me a copy of Cutting Edge (on cassette tapes even).  I asked, “Who’s Delirious?” and they told me, “They’re like U2 but they do worship music.”  To which I responded, “Who’s U2?”  And then they looked at me as if I’d just been barfed up onto a beach by a large fish.

Delirious? changed the worship world.  Not all their albums have been winners, but Cutting Edge pretty much set the standard in worship music for years to come (which is a hard feat to top).  Glo brought the idea of recording spontaneous worship to the mainstream.  Kingdom of Comfort merged a social consciousness with worship music, revealing a God who feels the pain of the world.

I’m sad to see Delirious? go.  As far as CCM worship acts go, they’ve been one of my favorites.