Eric Church’s powerful backup singer Joanna Cotten is leaving the band for a solo project

by Cindy Watts

29 m ago

Joanna Cotten will always Love You Eric church fans.

But she’s ready for chapter three.

Cotten, who launched his country solo career about 15 years ago with his debut song “The Prize,” is ready to try again.

“Hello friends and fans,” Cotten wrote on social media. “I want to let you all know that I made the decision to take some time off after the Gather Again tour to focus on writing some new songs and have some time to rest and recover. It was my intention to come back but God have other plans.”

She explained that fans’ energy carried her through “so many shows with Eric.”

“What a run we had,” she continued. “I’m so grateful for the scenes I sang with him and the people I met along the way. I’m really looking forward to new solo music and ventures on the horizon. I love you guys and I want to see you out there on the road before you know about it!”

She added the hashtags: #joannacotten #music

Cotten wrote the post: “And never forget that I love you ♥️”

Church has featured Cotten since 2013, when she appeared with him in the live video for “Over When It’s Over.” Since then, she has been responsible for some of his show’s most memorable moments. Church regularly gave her the spotlight, and Cotten used the opportunity to showcase her passionate performance style and powerful voice.

In May, Cotten missed the final night of the Church’s Gather Again Tour when she tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time on the tour. Ashley McBryde stepped in for her at the Madison Square Garden show in New York City.

At the time, she said: “Well friends, it’s heartbreaking for me to tell you that I have covid for the second time and have to sit out with this one.

As you can imagine, I am devastated. But I will be there in spirit. Waving, pacing that stage, watching my brothers in awe as they play their hearts out supporting the main man, Chief, as I have done so many times over the past 8 years.

So from my heart to yours…here is my final Gather Again tour arc. You, the fans, are what kept me going. With all my heart I love you all.”

Cotten isn’t saying when fans can expect new music, but if her performances with Church are any indication, it will be worth the wait.

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