Here is a message from our founder, Chris Rupp.
“Today marks the culmination of a journey that has lasted over 15 years. A day that I’d always wondered about – if it would ever come, if I’d ever be done with Home Free, if I’d ever move on from my heart and soul, my passion. Even now I can hardly believe it. But that day has come–the day where I graduate from one chapter in my life to the next.
I started Home Free fifteen years ago in my dorm room at Gustavus Adolphus College. It was just one of my many constant experiments with different groups, both vocal and instrumental – I just loved bringing people together and making music. At the time I didn’t have the slightest clue what it would become, I just wanted to sing. And honestly, we were kind of terrible…
But we were having fun and wanted to get better. We wanted to learn how to do this whole entertaining thing, make people smile and laugh, and so we persevered. Through highs and lows, trials and tribulations, countless moments where we almost quit, we persevered. Through continuous member changes, near financial disaster, and inner strife, we persevered. Until finally the end result was the group you see before you today: the group that has changed my life and countless others, achieving more than I’d ever thought possible. But also the group that I’m retiring from to pursue my solo career.
This isn’t easy in any way. My entire identity is wrapped up in Home Free – in 15 years I never missed a single show. Ever. I was always the glue that held it all together, sometimes by my sheer force of will alone. But as a wise man once said, “to every thing there is a season, turn, turn, turn.” And so now I am turning–turning towards a different future, one that I had never anticipated being an option but one that is now opening up before me. I approach it with trepidation–I don’t know what’s going to happen, there are no guarantees of success. But I also approach it with unbridled optimism–at the end of the day I believe in myself and what I can bring to the world. I’m not afraid of the unknown.
One thing I do know for certain, though, is that words cannot truly express how much the fans have meant to me over the years. At the end of the day, this is why we do this: to create joy in another’s life, to relieve stress even if just for a moment, to allow one to escape from the day-to-day world. That’s why all entertainers do what they do. And I have been blessed to have been able to do that in greater and greater ways as Home Free’s success has grown. I truly hope that I’ll be able to continue to do that for many years to come, and that you will all follow me on this journey of mine and allow me to do so. It has been without question an incredible honor to have been able to perform for you all these years, and as I walk forward today I know that I am a lucky man to have been afforded that privilege.
You don’t always get the chance to appreciate the end of an era. Events often play out in your life where you don’t know until after the fact that they were the last time…the last performance, the last speech, the last kiss. Being able to see the end coming is both a blessing and a curse–you get to cherish every moment, but at the same time you have to live through the knowledge that the end is approaching. This past tour has been that challenge, riding the emotional roller coaster night after night, but I’m so glad that I’ve been able to see so many of you one last time in this capacity. It all culminates in tonight’s final show, sure to be a whirlwind of emotion – I honestly don’t even know if I’ll be able to fully process it for a while, but I’m glad so many of you are here with me for this, either physically or in spirit. The outpouring of support for me has been incredible beyond words and has touched me deeply.
When all is said and done here, I truly am excited for the next phase of my career and life journey, and I can’t wait to show you all what I have in store. In many ways the world has opened up before me now, and I’m free to truly explore the full extent of my artistic capabilities. Home Free has given me that opportunity, and I’ll be forever grateful to my Home Free brothers, past and present, for that; thank you so much for being with me all of these years, and I thank you in advance for the years still to come.
But even more so, thank you to the fans. You are why I do what I do, and I love you all. This is gonna be great.
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