So far, 2014 has been a year full of personnel changes and the trend continued on Friday. And this is also another story that I never thought I would be writing about. For the first time in their twelve year existence, Triumphant will have a personnel change. After taking a personal leave of absence to reflect on God’s best for his life and the life of his family, the groups pianist/arranger/producer Jeff Stice has made the decision to leave Triumphant. Stice has been with the group since it’s formation and has played a large role in shaping the sound of the industry’s top quartet. According to the statement released today, Stice will be “focusing his energies on joining his sisters in helping to care for their parents. While he may pursue other interests in the future, he feels his family and their needs must be the priority in this season of life.”
Triumphant bass Eric Bennett said in the statement, “I speak for all the guys in the group when I say that we wish Jeff well in his future endeavors. He and his family will definitely remain in our prayers.” At this time, the group is uncertain if they will hire another pianist. One thing is for sure, whoever takes over for Stice on the piano bench will have mighty big shoes to fill.
Stice has been a part of Gospel Music from a young age. He has played with and for some of the finest artists to ever grace the stage, including The Monitors, Blackwood Brothers, Nelons, Perfect Heart, and Kingdom Heirs. Jeff has won the Favorite Musician award from the readers of the Singing News Fan Awards six times, first in 1992 with Perfect Heart, and every year since 2008 with Triumphant. Jeff has overseen the production of all the groups music since their formation, and has produced other artists such as The Taylors as well as his solo recordings. Personally, my family & I have known Jeff for over 20 years. I personally will miss him and Triumphant concerts will be different without him on the keyboards. But he is making the right decision to put his family first, and we applaud that.
Please keep both the group and the Stice family in your prayers at this time.