Daniel Davidson, drummer for Christian hardcore outfit Norma Jean, has decided to leave the Solid State Records act, citing personal and spiritual disparities as cause for the departure. Davidson posted the following statement via Norma Jean‘s MySpace blog:

“As many of you know, Norma Jean is considered a ‘Christian band,’ and it is in fact made up of five guys who are all Christians. This is something that is a huge part of my life, and something that I take very seriously. Recently I have come to the point in my life where I no longer see Norma Jean as a ministry, and for me to continue in the band, saying that it is, would in my opinion, be wrong. I am not leaving the band on bad terms with any of the guys, but there are differences between us, both personal and spiritual, that I felt were too great for me continue on with, or ignore any longer.

We as a band have in some ways worked towards making things right in the areas where we differed…but for me, the feelings did not change, and we continued to grow apart. So after giving these things much time and thought, I have come to the place where I know that it is right for me to be finished. Making the choice to step away from something that I have been a part of for 10 years, has not been the easiest of tasks. But do know that this is not a hasty decision by any means. I have total Peace and confidence in my choice.”

In response, the rest of the members of Norma Jean posted the following statement via the same blog:

“We are definitely going to miss Daniel and we wish him the best in whatever he does. We’ve had such an excellent time with him. Although Daniel feels like this is no longer a kind of ministry for him… the rest of us feel the exact opposite and we have all been growing in so many ways. We are blessed to be able to do what we love. Throughout the differences we’ve had, we have learned from them and have accomplished a lot, we have had so many talks and have prayed and meditated, and we feel like this is the best decision. In the long run, we want Daniel to be happy with the direction he takes… On a side note… we are NOT looking for a new drummer…”

Davidson is still scheduled to tour with Norma Jean for their next run, starting September 28 in Seattle, WA, and will play his last gig with the troupe on November 7 in New York City. Dates:

With Saosin, Alexisonfire, and others:
9/28 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
9/29 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
9/30 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/01 – Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom
10/02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Avalon
10/04 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheimv 10/05 – San Diego, CA – Soma
10/06 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/07 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/09 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
10/10 – Houston, TX – Meridian
10/11 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/13 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
10/15 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
10/16 – Tallahassee, FL – The Beta Bar
10/17 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
10/18 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
10/19 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
10/20 – Jacksonville, FL – Fuel
10/21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/23 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
10/25 – Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Club
10/26 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
10/27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/28 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
10/30 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
10/31 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
11/01 – Towson, MD – Recher Theatre
11/02 – Boston, MA – The Roxy
11/03 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore at Theatre of Living Arts
11/04 – Asbury Park, NJ – Convention Hall Complex (Saints and Sinners Festival)
11/05 – Farmingdale, NY – The Crazy Donkey
11/07 – New York, NY – The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza


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