Country Band King Calaway Announces Breakup

“We hope to see you all again on the road ahead as we embark on separate pursuits,” the band shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 16, 2024


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King Calaway; Photo by Andres Martinez

The four-piece country band known as King Calaway has officially broken up.

Country Group Announces Split

Members Simon Dumas, Chad Michael Jervis, Chris Deaton and Caleb Miller took to social media on Friday (Feb. 6) to let their loyal fanbase know that they have made the difficult decision to go their separate ways.

Their statement began, “After more shows than we can count, two albums and an EP, what has been an incredible journey together as the band King Calaway has come to an end. Meeting so many of you over the years has inspired us as musicians, artists and humans, and we hope to see you all again on the road ahead as we embark on separate pursuits.”

They continued to show nothing but gratitude towards each other and their listeners who have supported them throughout this musical journey. 

“No matter what life brings, we’ll always be brothers and we’ll always be grateful for the moments, memories and music we shared together with you – Chris, Simon, Chad and Caleb,” they added in conclusion. 

While fans were quick to express their sadness over the sudden news, many also returned the appreciation for the strong storytelling, upbeat anthems and lively performers the band provided over the years.

One user wrote, “All love fellas! Thankful for the memories and experiences and can’t wait to see what’s in store moving forward.”

Another said, “Best of luck to you guys! I hope see you in the future! 😊”

When Did King Calaway Form?

King Calaway formed in 2018 and released their debut album, Rivers, in the fall of 2019 via BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records. 

Who Left King Calaway?

They started with five members until Scotland singer/songwriter Jordan Harvey departed from the band in July of 2020 to “pursue his own musical journey.” At the time, the band wished him well on his solo career.  

“While we are sad to see him go, we mutually decided that this is the best thing for Jordan and the band moving forward,” a statement from the band read.

King Calaway; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
King Calaway; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The following year, the remaining members unleashed their Midnight EP, a project which features their Zac Brown duet, “When I Get Home,” “I’m Feelin’ Good (Steve Miller Band)” and their collaboration with Hailey Whitters, “Let It Flow.”

In August of 2023, the band released their first new full-length album in four years, Tennessee’s Waiting. The sentimental 16-track project offers a collection of raw stories from King Calaway, documenting the ups and downs of relationships, finding joy in the simple things, soaking up milestones together and more.  

Finding A Mentor In Zac Brown

King Calaway, Zac Brown; Photo by Connor Fornes
King Calaway, Zac Brown; Photo by Connor Fornes

Seven of the featured songs were produced by fellow country star Zac Brown, who has played a vital part in the band’s success. Member Deaton was the first out of the group to meet the “Chicken Fried” singer. In fact, he credits Brown for being one of the main reasons he decided to go after his musical dreams over a decade ago. 

“He’s one of the big reasons why after I graduated from high school, I moved out to Georgia to live with him and just he kind of showed me the ropes, this is how to do it and all this stuff,” Deaton previously told Country Now

A few years later they crossed paths once again, leading Brown to lend his expertise and wisdom not only to Deaton but to the resot of the band as well. 

The band kicked off the year on the road as a special guest on select dates of Parker McCollum Burn It Down Tour 2024. They were also recently announced as an opening act on Luke Bryan’s upcoming Mind of a Country Boy Tour, however in light of their recent news, it appears the band closed out their time together at the end of January with “unforgettable” shows in Washington, Oregon and Salt Lake City,

Throughout their career, King Calaway has also performed on national television shows including “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “TODAY,” “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and the internationally acclaimed show “Neighbours.”

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.