Okay, so it wasn't really that big a deal. While we hadn't planned on having a second guitarist, Jason's skills on the instrument could only be an asset to the band. Also, while he didn't want to sing lead all of the time, he was willing to share lead vox with me and Bill, giving us three distinct singing voices in the band. Not too shabby.
He was therefore, in.
Before I go on, however, I want to share an example that I think will shed some light on why, still to this day, I believe Jason and his voice fit the lead singer slot. In fact, I honestly believe that, while I can't honestly say I believe in doing things for commercial appeal (gag), I have no doubt that Jason's voice is much smoother and his stage demeanor would have been much more leadsingeresque which, in the long run, might have won us a larger audience.
The evidence before the court consists of two recordings of the same Naked song, "What's the Difference?", one of my own compositions. The first recording is from the Naked - Live at the Coffeemill of Exeter album, and features the band in an "unplugged" setup with Jason singing lead:
The second recording is from Naked iii, and features me on lead vocal:
Am I a horrible singer? No, not at all. However, I still think Jason's version wins out.