It's been a long run for Vince Gill and MCA Records, but the iconic country star has announced this week that his more-than-two-decade partnership with the label has come to an end.
Gill's been with MCA since 1989 and has released 10 albums for the label--the latest and final being 2011's Guitar Slinger, which earned him a Grammy nomination for the single "Threaten Me With Heaven." He made the announcement he was leaving MCA on Wednesday, during an unscheduled appearance at a label-sponsored artist showcase for Nashville's annual Country Radio Seminar.
It's not clear what Gill's plans are yet. Although many news outlets are noting his last single "Threaten Me With Heaven" (on which wife Amy Grant is a co-writer) received lackluster airplay and didn't impress on the charts, Gill doesn't seem to be overly concerned. He mentioned at the showcase that he isn't sure he wants to be signed to a label at all anymore; and, at the 2012 Grammys, told Ram Country "It's not the biggest stars with the biggest hits that win Grammys--I've proven that." (He certainly has; as he's won more than any other male country artist in history.)
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