In a surprise move, country artist Cyndi Thomson has returned to the Capitol Records Nashville artist roster after a three-year-plus hiatus.

In a surprise move, country artist Cyndi Thomson has returned to the Capitol Records Nashville artist roster after a three-year-plus hiatus.

After achieving gold status with her 2001 debut album, "My World," and notching a three-week Hot Country Songs chart No. 1 with debut single "What I Really Meant To Say" that same year, Thomson stunned the industry by walking away from her career in the fall of 2002, saying she couldn't "commit to those obligations" that go along with the profession.

At the time, Capitol Records Nashville president/CEO Mike Dungan said the label's staff was "heartbroken and bewildered at [her] decision."

Now, the label's A&R team is seeking songs for Thomson, who is set to begin recording a new album with producer Tommy Lee James in late February. Before stepping away, Thomson had said she planned to "continue writing and creating music," but it is unknown how much work she did.

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