One of the most shocking departures in Gospel Music this year was that of Joseph Habedank, longtime lead vocalist for The Perrys. After a decade with the group, he announced his resignation last month. Early this morning, The Perrys announced on their Facebook page they have hired David Ragan, formerly of The Inspirations, as their new lead vocalist. The following press release was issued on the groups Facebook page.
The Perrys are pleased to announce the addition of David Ragan as their new lead singer. David, who has been filling in the past two weeks, will be stepping into the role full-time. David most recently sang with the Inspirations, and he brings to this award-winning mixed group not only a great lead voice, but also touring experience. He is “road ready,” which was an important hiring consideration, while Tracy continues to recover from a stroke suffered in January and Libbi works select dates while tending to Tracy’s care.
David is thrilled to be a part of the Perrys. He admits, “Whenever the Inspirations would sing with the Perrys, I always enjoyed it. I’ve been a fan of theirs for along time. With the lead singers they’ve had through the years, I know I have big shoes to fill, and I’m thankful for that opportunity. I thought the biggest change for me would be going from a male group to one that’s co-ed, but Bryan, Leah and I gelled almost immediately. They’re both laid back and very easy to travel with. Bryan is such a great singer with one of the best hearts. And Libbi is incredible. I’m not sure I could put into words the grace and determination she has. I admire her and Tracy both very much, and respect this ministry they’ve built. I’m very happy to be a part of this fine team.”
Libbi says, “On behalf of the Perrys, Tracy and I are thrilled to welcome David, his wife Michelle, and son Bradley to our FAMILY!” We have known David for several years and have always admired his love for God, the music and the fans. We are excited to start a new chapter with David.”
Ragan is a powerful lead vocalist who will not only be able to perform the many hits in the groups repertoire , but also has a great blend with both Bryan Walker and Leah Page (who has been filling in for Libbi). Here’s a video of Ragan singing the groups most current radio single, “I Got A Hold Of God This Morning”. Be sure to hear the Perrys when they’re in your area, and welcome David to the group. And lets continue to keep Tracy & Libbi in our prayers as Tracy continues to heal.