When Covid-19 struck in March of 2020, it was already a strange time in After Hours. We had just come off our last show, December 2019, where we said good-bye to 20 year member, Yee Kuang Wong. We had maybe four or five rehearsals under our belt with John Davis, who had returned to After Hours to replace Yee Kuang before Covid began changing our world.
We had plans to get John up to speed quickly, to hopefully end 2020 with a big 20th anniversary show for After Hours. I was seeing the potential for the group, watching Glenn and John form a new bond as the two young leads of the group. Everything was off to a good start.
When Covid hit, the two Joh/n's and I were optimistic it would be a few weeks and then we could get back to it. Glenn was the only one of us who recognized the severity of Covid early on and wasn't sure we'd ever get back to it. I had a hunch then that Glenn wouldn't be returning to the group.
After Hours had one more meeting, online, in the short August period between lockdowns about how we could start recording from home and do whatever we could to move forward. But when that second lockdown came, the wind was taken out of our sails and, that was the second last time I heard from Glenn. Between August of 2020 and August 2021, none of us heard from him. Sadly I knew then that Glenn wouldn't be back. I held onto hope for the others and for the sake of the group but, I knew.
I had asked David Skolnick to come be a part of the group a couple months before our meeting in August 2021, about next steps for the group. David was going to come in as a fifth harmony but as I assumed it might, he will be the replacement for Glenn. Glenn reached out the day before our meeting, one year later, to let me know he felt it best not to return to the group. Which means, really, Yee Kuang's retirement show, was also Glenn's retirement show.
Sadly the mystery of why Glenn has left will need to remain a mystery is his reasons were of a personal nature. All I can say is, they were excellent reasons and while we are very sad to lose him, he definitely has our blessing to go. However, we have let him know, the door is always open for him to return and I am certain that he will sing with us again, even if it's just a jam session or a guest appearance at a future show.
Glenn was hands down my favourite voice that has ever graced our group and one of the finest performers we've ever had. The only person that doesn't know how extremely talented Glenn is, is Glenn. His voice and musical influences changed the shape of our group while he was here. The only albums we've released commercially on Spotify, etc, features Glenn's voice. He had zero ego, was willing to learn, willing to teach, willing to share and made great efforts to always be at rehearsals and shows no matter what. So in that sense, he wasn't only my favourite singer but one of my favourite bandmates as you could always count on him to show up and be ready. I drove him everywhere, rehearsals, shows and treated him like a star because, to me, he was.
On those drives I got to know him. I wish we could have spent more time as friends outside of the group but both of us were pretty busy people. However, I know he appreciated the friendship we all shared. He called us "family" in his good-bye note. He was visibly sad when Yee Kuang retired. You could tell he really cared about us. He sang with us for four years and then hung on for one more during Covid. That is a quarter of the time After Hours has been around so his part in our legacy is not a small one. So Glenn moving on is certainly not easy for any of us involved but completely amicable and understood.
I of course do hope he will be back one day, when life is better for him and all of us. We will miss you in the meantime Mr. Sevillo, be back soon!