Drew Chadwick has quit Emblem3 to pursue a solo music career.
The pop rock trio, who found fame on the 2012 series of The X Factor, announced Chadwick's departure on Friday (20Jun14), just days before the boy band were due to start The Fireside Story Sessions tour on Monday (23Jun14).
They said, "While we regret sharing this news, we as a group need to share that Drew has decided to move forward in pursuit of his solo career and will no longer be with Emblem3 or joining us on The Fireside Story Sessions. We're sad to see Drew go but he will always be our brother, and we couldn't be happier for him as he starts his new journey as a solo artist."
The remaining members, brothers Keaton and Wesley Stromberg, assured fans they would continue with the group, adding, "We know many of you may be concerned about what this means for Emblem3, but I can assure you this is just the beginning! Me and Keaton started this band when we were 9 and 11 years old and we will continue making music for our fans.
"We love you with all our heart. E3 has always been about a partnership of like-minded musicians and we’re committed to continuing this journey alongside you all. And who knows, you may also start seeing some very familiar faces popping up. "
Chadwick has already begun working on his solo album.