Country artist Cyndi Thomson is walking away from her recording and touring career, saying she can't commit to the obligations of a recording artist's career, and that the timing is right for her to w

Country artist Cyndi Thomson is walking away from her recording and touring career, saying she can't commit to the obligations of a recording artist's career, and that the timing is right for her to walk away, according to a published report.

Thomson has made the remarks in an open letter to her fans and to the industry, The Nashville Tennessean reports. According to the newspaper, Thomson says she says she's at a crossroads where the next step in her career would be to make a new album, but doesn't feel like doing that. However, the singer also said she plans to keep writing songs and creating music.

Capitol was set to release another single from her debut album "My World," and was gearing up for Thomson's next full-length. Capitol president/CEO Mike Dungan said in a statement that while everyone at the label is "heartbroken and bewildered at this decision, we love her and hope she will find peace and happiness in the road ahead." Dungan also said the label "did [its] best to try to come up with a scenario that would make her happier, but it seems her mind is made up."

Thomson became one of the country format's breakout artists with the success of her 2001 debut single, "What I Really Meant To Say," which topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for three weeks. "My World" has sold 376,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"I wanted to create real songs that move you, that help you forget about the stress of life," she told Billboard in June 2001. "To me, music is freedom. And that's why I try to avoid cliches when I write. I want you to not know my song right away. I require you to listen, so that you're not busy anymore. I don't want it to be the easy rhyme. I want it to be the right words."

Ironically, Thomson's last charting single was titled "I'm Gone." The cut reached No. 31 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in July.


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