Girls Singer Christopher Owens Leaves Band
Girls Singer Christopher Owens Leaves Band

'My decision was not easy to make,' indie rocker writes on Twitter

Christopher Owens, the lead singer of lauded indie rock duo Girls, has announced on Twitter that he will no longer be part of the group.

"Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make," Owens posted on Monday morning (July 2). "I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress."

Owens and bassist/producer Chet "JR" White formed Girls in San Francisco after the singer/songwriter deserted the fundamentalist Children of God cult in Texas at age 16. Owens and White have released three critically acclaimed records on True Panther Sounds: 2009 debut "Album," which has sold 50,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan; 2011 sophomore LP "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" (48,000); and 2010 stopgap EP "Broken Dreams Club" (19,000).

A rep for the band did not respond for comment at press time. Owens did confirm that this would not be the end of his music career. "I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely-Christopher," he concluded on Twitter.

Click here to read more about Girls and the making of the group's second album, "Father, Son, Holy Ghost."