Heidi Newfield leaves Trick Pony
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Heidi Newfield leaves Trick Pony

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 – Trick Pony lead singer Heidi Newfield is leaving the trio at the end of the year to pursue a solo career. There was no indication whether remaining members Ira Dean and Keith Burns and would continue the band.

In a letter sent out by a publicist, Newfield wrote, "I have some exciting news to share with you! I will be leaving the band at the end of our December tour. I’ve decided to branch out and try it on my own. It’s time for me to follow my heart and take my own path, I hope you’ll support me in this decision and stick by me as I start this wonderful new chapter in my career."

"I want to extend a humble and heartfelt thank you to all of you that have been there for us through the years. I have many wonderful memories to carry with me on the this next leg of my journey."

"As for Ira and Keith, I wish them all the happiness and success in the world and will always consider them among my dearest friends. I’m excited to see what they’ll do next, they are both incredibly talented."

"The combination of excitement and anxiety I feel right now reminds me of when I first left the comforts of home in Northern California to chase my dreams in Nashville, Tenn. With a few hundred dollars in my pocket, a beat up Mercury and a passion for music… the good Lord helped me find my way...I know he'll continue to guide my new path."

"I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of the people in the industry who have supported Trick Pony through the years, and I look forward to sharing my solo projects with you in the near future.

The band had a few hits since 2000, including their first single "Pour Me" and the follow-ups "On a Night Like This," "Just What I Do" and "On a Mission," which all hit top 20. Three subsequent singles failed to make much of a dent. The band released one album on Warner and a second on Curb.

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