Hall Issues Statement About Leaving Sugarland

She Wants to Focus on Relationships With Other Writers, Artists

Two weeks after parting ways with the breakout country band Sugarland, founding member Kristin Hall has issued a statement explaining her departure:

"The requirements of performing on the road do not allow time to focus on relationships with other writers and recording artists essential for me to do what I do best --songwriting. That said, I am incredibly appreciative and indebted to Jennifer [Nettles] and Kristian [Bush] for all the hard work and talent they brought to this band, which has resulted in such great success for us all. We plan to support each other wholeheartedly into the future."

A message from Nettles and Bush had been posted on Sugarland's Web site on Jan. 17 announcing her exit. It said: "Kristen has decided that she wants to stay home and write songs, and we support her in that decision."

The remaining members will perform at the Grammys on Feb. 8. They are nominated for best new artist among all genres. Following a handful of concerts in February, they'll be opening shows for Kenny Chesney's upcoming tour, starting March 23 in Dayton, Ohio.

Hall released two solo albums for High Street/Windham Hill before teaming with Nettles and Bush to form Sugarland in Atlanta. With Nettles and Bush, Hall co-wrote the trio's debut single, "Baby Girl," and "Something More." Both tracks peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's country singles chart. Hall is the sole writer of Sugarland's current single, "Just Might (Make Me Believe)," currently at No. 8 on the country chart. All three singles are from the double-platinum debut album, Twice the Speed of Life, released in October 2004.

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