The former lead singer of the award-winning country-pop band Lonestar, Richie McDonald, is now being replaced with Drew Womack. The group has been together since 1995.
Lonestar has seen significant success during its three decades in the music industry. The group has ten No. 1 songs, boasts over 20 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, and has been selling out tour dates for decades. Now, the group is hoping to see that same success and more with the new lead singer Drew Womack.
Drew Womack Joins Lonestar
Drew Womack is from Brownwood, Texas, and is an award-winning singer/songwriter. He will be the lead vocalist joining the group’s other members which are Keech Rainwater, Michael Britt, and Dean Sams.
Womack has achieved success through both CMA and ACM awards in his band Sons of the Desert. The group is known for songs like “Whatever Comes First,” “What I Did Right,” and “What About You” amongst others. The group also collaborated with Lee Ann Womack for “I Hope You Dance.” Womack and Craig Wiseman co-wrote “She’s Got It All,” a massively successful Kenny Chesney song.
“We are thrilled to have Drew joining us. We have been friends and have admired his work and outstanding voice for many years. It will be an exciting new chapter in our storied career and know he will be welcomed by the industry and fans alike. Fans will hear more than 22 combined hits, between the amazing catalog of Lonestar and Sons Of The Desert, and even hit songs written by Drew for such iconic country artists as Kenny Chesney,” Lonestar said about Womack, according to an official PR release.
Lonestar is hoping to find a new rhythm with an entirely new lead singer. The group is famous for hits like “No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” “I’m Already There,” and “What About Now.”
“I can’t adequately express just how excited I am to join these guys and create and make music with Dean, Keech, and Michael. I’ve known and respected them since (Sons Of The Desert) played the same circuits and it’ll be an honor to be on stage with them,” said Womack in the PR release.
Where is Richie McDonald Going?
Originally, the group had Richie McDonald helping lead them to over 10 million album sales. He had been with the group during their 25 years together.
McDonald is now leaving the group for the second time after pursuing a solo career in 2008. He left and came back three years later. However, this time he will be focusing his efforts on a trio called The Frontmen of Country.
This group includes Tim Rushlow and Larry Stewart.
“I’ve been with Lonestar for almost 30 years and have enjoyed my time with the guys. With everything that has happened in the past year, it has made me think about other things I want to do in life. This opportunity with The Frontmen came up, and I’ve decided to go a new direction,” McDonald said to Sounds Like Nashville.
Despite the departure, both Lonestar and The Frontmen of Country are looking to move forward with new talent.