FFH was originally formed by Jeromy Deibler and Brian Smith in 1991, soon settling into its final configuration when Michael Boggs and Jennifer Deibler, Jeromy’s new bride, joined the band. Working independently, FFH produced and released six albums, while maintaining a productive touring schedule. But when its radio single cracked the Top 20 at Christian Adult Contemporary radio, eventually moving on to become the highest charting single by an independent artist in CCM history, major labels started taking notice. Essential Records signed the band, and multiple No.1 radio hits, Dove Award nominations, and approximately 2 million career album sales followed, giving rise to the ‘overnight success’ myth.
“In 2006 my wife and I had been married for 11 years. Ten of those years we had been in FFH, touring and traveling together,” Jeromy explains. “Over the course of those years we had our first child, Hutch. By the time we got to 2006, we were ready for something else. Burn out was part of it. We were never burned out with playing concerts; it was everything that surrounded it. It was the travel. It was leaving Hutch when we went on the road. It was a strain on our marriage.”
After much prayer, counsel and conversation with the other band members, the unanimous decision was made to take an indefinite break. FFH continued to tour for an additional six months, fulfilling all of its obligations, and on the last weekend of September, 2006, played its final show.
“The day after FFH played its last concert together, Jennifer and I were packing for Cape Town South Africa,” Jeromy says. “That literally was the first day of the rest of our lives.” They were ministering in a small south African church and were basically detoxifying themselves. They didn’t have any of the modern conveniences nor the recognition and so they admit to mourning that loss a bit but then they were loving life again and re-born. After moving back to the states they were sure they were done with the days of FFH but were waiting for God to direct them but nothing was happening until one day when they found out Jennifer was pregnant and Jeromy was diagnosed with MS. They knew then why God was silent. They spent the next six months welcoming Sadie-Claire into their family and dealing with Jeremy’s MS treatment.
Then in December of 2008, while on their way back from leading worship for a small congregation in Georgia, Jeromy and Jennifer looked at each other and they just knew. “It was time,” Jeromy states. “It was like the Lord had turned the lights off, and then He turned them back on.”
FFH was reborn, but this time as an extension of Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler. The days of 200+ concerts a year were over. Worrying about chart position and album sales were a thing of the past.
“FFH is a part of our lives again, but it is just a part,” Jeromy insists. “We are determined to live the kingdom lifestyle of putting our relationships first. Selling albums doesn’t fulfill you. It doesn’t comfort you when you are lying in bed at night after being diagnosed with MS, while your wife is seven months pregnant. The fact that you’ve sold a million albums means nothing. It is weightless. What does mean something is that your family is with you, being Jesus to you.”
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