The Motet Announces Lyle Divinsky & Parris Fleming Departures And Shares New Song

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A new beginning has arrived for The Motet, who confirmed the departure of two members and released a new song recorded by the latest lineup. Both vocalist Lyle Divinsky and trumpeter Parris Fleming have left the band to “pursue their own paths” during these turbulent times.

“Lyle and Parris will always be members of The Motet family. I want to make this clear: The Motet are NOT breaking up,” drummer Dave Watts said in a statement. “We are here, and we’re happy to present new music today. We’re not trying to become an instrumental group, though. We’re actively seeking out a new vocalist and have just started the process of exploring potential options. We’re optimistic about what the future holds and what we can create. We’re moving forward, and we’re still The Motet.”

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For now, The Motet will move forward with Watts, keyboardist Joey Porter, bassist Garrett Sayers, guitarist Ryan Jalbert and multi-instrumentalist Drew Sayers. “[We] wish [Lyle and Parris] well on their future endeavors and look forward to hearing their respective voices again very soon,” noted a statement from The Motet.

“As a byproduct of the global pandemic, many of us – in the music world and across all walks of life – have moved in different directions to embrace this new reality. Lyle and Parris are our brothers. They’re a part of our extended musical family. They’re a part of the legacy. They’re a part of the sound’s evolution over the last twenty years,” added Drew Sayers. “Even though they’re leaving the lineup, their influence isn’t going away. When I think about what we have right now, the sound that Dave and Garrett have forged is untouchable. The amount of shows played and experiences they’ve had with Ryan and Joey is unbelievable. It’s just so special. The history of The Motet has always been about change. It’s the one constant. This band has withstood every bit of adversity thrown at it—and continues to play.”

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The Motet’s “False Prophets” is the first of several songs The Motet will release in upcoming month. Some will include guest vocalists with others instrumentals and talkbox tunes. “Right now, we’re switching gears, trying things, and embracing different styles, concepts, and genres of music. We’re in a new groove,” explained Dave Watts. “‘False Prophets’ is open for interpretation, but I think it certainly relates to some of the things happening in America these days.”

Stream The Motet’s “False Prophets” below:

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