Emblem3 is short one singer as Drew Chadwick has left to pursue a solo career.
The boys had a successful first audition on the defunct X Factor USA. They performed their own original song, Sunset Boulevard, that got the crowd and judges dancing and clapping along (albeit out of surprise that the song was good as former judge LA Reid would often discourage people from singing “untested” songs that no one in the studio audience knew).
Here’s the video from the 2012 series also judged by Demi Lovato and Britney Spears.
The group confirms the news to fans in a joint statement.
We have an important announcement to make.
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.
If you’d like to stay updated on Drew’s solo album and news tune into Drew’s Twitter/Instagram and his YouTube channel for an announcement on June 27th regarding his new album. Drew sends hugs out to all the Emblems.
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 likeminded 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 :).
We’ve been working tirelessly on new material and have so much of the new record to share with you on The Fireside Story Sessions starting next week! It’s gonna be so much fun and we can’t wait to hang around the campfire with you. I bet Keatons probably going to eat too many marshmallows and get sick. Anyway, we can’t wait to see you all there. Stay tuned for updates on the new album and if you want a sneak peak, come see us this summer ;).
All the dates from The Fireside Story Sessions and other concerts listed on our website are still happening…
We’ll see you all this summer!
Love – Wes, Keaton, and Drew [via Emblem3]