Downhere, the Canadian Christian rock band, plans to stop touring at the end of this year.
“It is with many memories and deep feelings that we relay to you the decision we have made over the course of the last year. January 1, 2013 will mark the end of our traveling ministry for the foreseeable future,” the band said in a statement. “It has become very clear to us that this chapter of our journey, initiated by God, is drawing to a close.”
The last scheduled concert listed on Downhere’s web site is a private event on Nov. 16 for the National Missionary Annual and Joint Youth Conference at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. (UPDATE: This concert has since been removed from Downhere’s web site concert listing, without explanation.)
However, the band indicated in its statement that several other wrapup shows are being planned for this fall.
The four-member band based in Saskatchewan probably is best known in the United States for its hit songs How Many Kings and Here I Am. Both peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Christian charts in 2008.
Downhere’s lead singer Marc Martel became somewhat of a Web sensation last year when a YouTube video of him singing Queen’s Somebody to Love went viral. His Freddie Mercury-like vocals led him to be selected as one of six winners of an audition to be part of a Queen tribute band.