NASHVILLE, TN Wednesday Mar.21.2007 / -- The last time Lonestar experienced a big change in membership was just a couple of years into their recording career.

That's when management and the label decided Richie McDonald would become the only lead singer effectively forcing out founding member and the other lead singer of the group, John Rich. Now, with the Lonestar walking away from BMG Sony records, RICHIE McDONALD announces he's out of the group preparing to start a solo career, leaving Dean Sams, Michael Britt and Keech Rainwater in search of both a new lead singer and new label.

"Life is about change. 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. LONESTAR music is for the fans we love and to them we remain, LONESTAR," says Dean Sams.

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