Hey folks, hope you are well!

As some of you may know, we had to cancel our appearance at Hearts On Fire this past Saturday in Pigeon Forge TN, due to Eric suffering a sudden health emergency. We’d like to take this opportunity to fill you in with a bit of what happened and share some good news with you.

Everything on Saturday appeared to be normal as we prepared to play our 2pm slot but thirty minutes before sound check Eric suddenly found himself unable to speak properly or keep balance as half of his face seemed to be growing increasingly numb. As he sat down and began to attempt to talk us through what was going on, we were all scared that what he was experiencing seemed consistent with a stroke.

Naturally we called an ambulance right away and they responded immediately and in the rush of things our Tour Manager Steve joined him en route to the hospital while we stayed back to figure out what to do next. As we gathered with the organizers of the event, who were very understanding and supportive, it was clear that it wouldn’t be right for us to stay and perform as though nothing was going on, so we chose to join Eric at the hospital and await more information.

Of course, there are times when the right thing to do is to play through struggle, citing “the show must go on” or something like that. A version of this is often implied in our world if not outright stated, and we’ve operated this way ourselves many times: playing through all manner of injuries and manageable sicknesses more times than we can count.

This was different.

We had no idea what was actually going on, and if it was as serious as it seemed at the time, we needed to be there with Eric—we simply couldn’t leave our friend and bandmate to suffer alone. On that day worshipping Jesus looked like sitting and waiting with our brother-in-Christ.

Thankfully, as the day came to a close we learned that the various tests taken during the day came back clear, and that though we were at no point sure exactly what had happened — the likely explanation is one less worrisome, that it had not been a stroke as feared, and that Eric was free to go.

We want to thank you all for your prayers and support in this, and we hope to see you soon.

Grace and Peace,
Elias, Eric, Aaron, Josh
The City Harmonic