I'd appreciate any insight y'all can offer. I've been gigging for a long time, and this is a problem I've never run into before. We've got a month-long Friday gig coming in January, and our singer quit for medical reasons. The band is a quintet: drums, bass, keys, guitar, vocalist. So last night we auditioned a new singer. The guy's got a positive personality, seems motivated, and has a good sense of pitch. His intonation wasn't the problem; that's something I've run into often enough. The trouble is that he seems to have little to no sense of rhythm and phrasing. We were running through some tunes that were familiar to us all, and he'd start vocal phrases way out of time. Like, the one in the vocal phrase would fall on the three of a bar, or he'd be singing a phrase over the wrong chord change. Or when the vocal phrase had three eighth notes as a pickup to the one, he'd put the pickup square on the one. It wasn't just a single mistake; this was chronic, through the whole audition. The drummer and I talked to him when we stopped playing for the night, and politely said this was gonna be a problem. He took it very positively, and went home with a CD of a half dozen tunes to woodshed. We left it that we'll give him one more shot at an audition, on Sunday. What do you figure? Run into this before? (It's new to me, at this level of severity.) Suggestions how to handle it would be appreciated.