Former Guitarist Returns to Christian Band newsboys

After a five-year hiatus, a longtime member of Christian band newsboys has returned, replacing outgoing guitarist Paul Coleman who moved on with his solo career.

"I am thrilled to be returning to the band and back with my bandmates, who are some of my best friends," said Jody Davis, who was a member of the band from 1993 to 2003. "This is a big change in my life, and I'm looking forward to the tour and new record with excitement."

As a member, Davis had contributed to many of newsboys' greatest hits, including "Shine," "Entertaining Angels," and "It is You." In 2003, however, he had to take time off to care for his daughter, Bethany, who has cerebral palsy.

Regarding Davis' return, Peter Furler, lead vocalist for newsboys, expressed his excitement, noting how much the band had missed Davis.

"Jody is like a brother to all of us, and we have missed him greatly over the last five years," he said in a statement. "It's going to be great to have him back with us."

Meanwhile, Paul Colman, who played guitar with newsboys the last three years, will be continuing his solo career and performing shows nationwide in 2009.

"My three years with newsboys were among the best of my life," he stated. "I learned an immeasurable amount about music, ministry, and life, and am happy to say I left with all our friendships wonderfully intact.

"I always was and always will be one of newsboys' biggest fans," he added. "I am very excited about the return of Jody Davis!"

Davis' return comes months ahead the release of newsboys' next title track and debut single "In The Hands Of God," which will hit stores May 5. It also comes a month before the band is set to embark on a 30-city tour with special guests DecembeRadio, Vota, and Bread of Stone.

The tour, "Join the Tribe," will kick off Feb. 12 in Frederick, Md., and conclude Apr. 26. It is being sponsored by Global Tribe, an organization devoted to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the poor throughout the world.