Okay, so this is sort of part 2 of this post about the JaneDear Girls breaking up -- something that turns out might have been a surprise to more people than just me.
Funny, I don't think I've ever read one short story and got more out of it than this single piece on MSN.
So it appears that the MSN piece sort of broke the news that the JaneDear Girls had broken up a few months ago, but then it also said that at the same time Lee Ann Womack parted ways with her record label (something I was aware of), MCA Nashville, Ashton Shepherd was also let go from the same label (something I hadn't heard).
Seems someone was cleaning house.
From the MSN article:
• Lee Ann Womack (right) is parting ways with her longtime record label, MCA Nashville, according to CountryWeekly.com. At MCA, and sister label Decca before that, Womack notched seven top 10 hits between 1997 and 2005 the most successful of which, “I Hope You Dance,” spent five weeks at No. 1 in the summer of 2000.
“[I’m] so appreciative to the wonderful MCA staff for giving me their all from my first days at Decca, through ‘I Hope You Dance,’ [and] the awards for ‘I May Hate Myself In The Morning’ and ‘There’s More Where That Came From,’” Womack said in a statement obtained by CountryWeekly.com. “I am excited to see what comes next for so many people I think of as my friends, and am eager to see what life after ‘leaving home’ is like.”
• It also appears that Ashton Shepherd is off the artist roster of MCA Nashville after two albums, 2008’s “Sounds So Good” and last year’s “Where Country Grows.” She is looking for songs for a new album, to be produced by Mike McGuire, drummer for the country band Shenandoah. The label home for the project is listed in industry pitch sheet RowFax as “to be announced.”
Who else thinks Lee Ann and Ashton should team up and create the next big thing in girl groups?