Chris Cagle Announces Retirement from Country Music

After spending fifteen years in the music industry, Chris Cagle is saying goodbye to country music.

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from the singer, who made his debut on the country scene back in 2000 with Play it Loud. That album spawned three charted hits, including “Laredo” and his number one hit, “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out”. If you take a listen to these tracks today, it’s a blunt reminder of how much country music has changed in a short amount of time.

Cagle released his last album in 2013, Back in the Saddle, on the now shut down Bigger Picture Music Group label. On Oct. 31, Cagle announced his decision to permanently step away from music.

“I would like to thank everyone for 15 years of a great time!” Cagle posted on Twitter. “From B&D to Flatts and fans! I’m going to miss everyone!”

So why is Cagle saying goodbye to country? He simply wants more time with his family. “I’m tired of missing moments like this,” Cagle said, in a Facebook post which showed his two young children posing in their Halloween costumes. “All this means.. I’m going home!” the singer later tweeted. “I’m going to be a Father and a GREAT Husband and enjoy my life! I thank you ALL for everything!”

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Chris Cagle Announces Retirement from Country Music