Austin Winkler, lead singer of Hinder, has officially left the band due to personal reasons. The band plans to continue with a new singer, who will be announced later.
“We hold no animosity towards Austin, and wish him the best. Although it was a difficult decision, it was the best thing for everyone involved and time for us to move on. This summer/fall tour was a tough one. We want to thank the fans for all their overwhelming support.” - Hinder
Winkler took a leave of absence from the band earlier this year and was replaced by fill-in vocalists like Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks.
In July, the band’s manager Kevin “Chief” Zaruk announced Winkler checked himself into rehab after feeling like he was slipping a little bit. Winkler, who previously face DWI in Arkansas in 2008, entered rehab after the completion of Hinder’s 2012 album, Welcome To The Freakshow, which he said was fueled by a “really dark drug binge”.
“I was in a very, very, very dark addiction. I think you can definitely hear the turmoil in my voice.” - Austin Winkeler (Billboard, 2012)
The band’s hard-partying lifestyle no doubt led to a conflict of interest for the now-sober Winkeler. We wish him the best in his sobriety.
— Austin John Winkler (@AustinHinder) November 14, 2013