Kristen Hall of the country music trio Sugarland is leaving the group to spend more time writing songs.
Hall wrote most of the melodic story songs that comprise Sugarland’s major-label debut, “Twice the Speed of Life.” Besides writing, Hall sang harmony and played guitar.
Fellow members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush released this statement: “Kristen has decided that she wants to stay home and write songs, and we support her in that decision.”
A spokesman for Universal Music Group Nashville, which includes the band’s Mercury label, said Wednesday that Sugarland would continue as a group and will open for Kenny Chesney on his tour beginning March 23 in Dayton, Ohio.
Sugarland was one of country music’s bright spots last year, selling about 2 million copies of its album and producing the hit singles “Baby Girl” and “Something More.”