Jason Michael Carroll, Arista split
Thursday, February 18, 2010
– Jason Michael Carroll, who had hits with Alyssa Lies
and Livin' Our Love Song
announced via his Twitter page that he and Arista split.
"Unfortunately, Arista & I have decided to go our separate ways! They called and said that they would be moving forward without me!," he said. "First of all, I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I've had 2 work with Arista records! Ive learned a lot and made some great friends!"
"Im glad 2 have had the opportunity 2 be there for the last 4 years,' Carroll tweeted.
Despite the split, Carroll said he had plans to go into the studio to record new material in the second week of March. "With these new songs, we will shop them around Nashville & hopefully find someone who believes in what I do as much as you all do," he wrote.
" We will still be touring this year as much as we can! We still look forward to hanging out with all of our Honky Tonk Friends," he said.
Carroll release two albums for the label, "Waitin' in the Country" and "Growing Up Is Getting Old." Other hits were I Can Sleep When I'm Dead, Where I'm From and the most recent, Hurry Home.
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Dear Jason Michael Carroll,
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