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McDonald To Leave Lonestar For Solo Career

NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After 14 years together and over 11 million albums sold, the multi-award winning band Lonestar will be making some changes at the end of this year. With their commitment to RCA Label Group fulfilled, the band has the opportunity to pursue other endeavors. Lead singer Richie McDonald has decided to leave the group to embark on a solo career while Dean Sams, Michael Britt, and Keech Rainwater are eager to announce their new lead singer and record label as they will continue to tour and produce music as Lonestar.

“Life is about change," says Sams. "Lonestar has evolved over the 14 years we have been together. Michael, Keech and myself are excited about the challenges that lie ahead. As the founding member of Lonestar, one thing that has never changed is the fans that love great Lonestar music, the fans remain. It seems like just yesterday John Rich left Lonestar to pursue an alternate career path and in that time of change Lonestar remained and went on to sell over 10 million records, the fans remain. I then am reminded about the time Richie was out due to a back injury, and Josh Gracin filled in, and I realized again it is the music of Lonestar the fans love, they remain. Now, another change is coming for Lonestar, and we know the fans will love the music Lonestar will soon be bringing them. Lonestar music is for the fans we love and to them we remain, Lonestar."

United they stand as 2007 kicks-off with a full national tour in support of their latest release, Mountains, including a stop next month in New York City as they make special appearances on Fox’s nationally syndicated show “The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet,” “Emeril Live!,” and CBS’s “The Early Show.” All members of the band are committed to fulfilling their obligations throughout the end of the year.

“We are very proud of our work and success over the last 10+ years and are thankful to our wonderful and supportive fans for always being there for us," adds Britt. "Dean, Keech and I feel like we still have a lot of great Lonestar music to make and we are excited about this new opportunity to continue playing for our fans. Richie will be missed, and we wish him luck in his future endeavors.”

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen