OK, so I've been playing with the same drummer, guitarist, and singer, for about a year now. We've written some good tunes, assembled a decent set of covers, and played out a few times without really seeking the gigs. So now we've all decided it's time to "take it to the next level," which, based on overhelmingly uniform feedback and our own intuition, means firing our poppy female singer and focusing on the instrumental and groove/jam-band aspects of what we do. I consider this girl to be a friend at this point, and she potentially brings a lot of value to the project -- on the business side, but not necessarily as a musician. How do we fire her without alienating her? I'd like to preserve the friendship (and contacts ). Is that even possible? Would it be offensive to say "We don't want you to sing, but how would you like to manage and book us"? I'm feeling really nervous about the whole thing, and we're planning to do the deed on Wednesday night, just before we inaugurate our new keyboard player. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!