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Miss Willie Brown splits

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – Miss Willie Brown is no more.

The duo - Amanda Watkins and Kasey Buckley - announced on their web site that they were going their separate ways after one EP together released on March 15, 2011 by A&M/Octone. Watkins will pursue music, while Buckley is taking a break.

"We would like to share some news with all of you and look forward to your support and understanding. We have decided to part ways as a band to pursue our separate dreams. With Kasey's and your support, I will be continuing my career in music as Amanda Watkins and carrying on the heart and soul on which Miss Willie Brown was built. I support Kasey as she decides to take a break from the world of music. I'm sure as you have seen over the past few years, there is nothing that will ever come between us."

"The songs that you have been loving and playing will be ever present on my solo journey. It's going to be a great year with lots to come! And I promise to keep you updated every step of the way through touring, videos, posts and most of all, music. Thank you for all the support you have shown us. You are honestly the greatest fans."

Miss Willie Brown released two singles - Sick of Me in 2011, which did not chart, and You're All That Matters to Me last year. The song reached 43.

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