After 11 years, the Spanish group's lead singer is kicking off her solo career

Por People Staff
Updated Noviembre 19, 2007
Amaia Montero

Spanish band La Oreja de Van Gogh is working on a new album, but this time without the help of Amaia Montero. According to a press release, the group's lead singer of 11 years has decided to go solo.

“The 11 years I've spent with LOVG and everything I've experienced with them will always stay in my heart and in my head, but I felt like it was time to start a new stage in my life by taking on a solo career,” the musician, 31, explained. This was “the most difficult decision in my life,” she added.

The rest of the band's members – guitar player Pablo Benegas, drummer Haritz Garde, keyboard player Sabih San Martín and bass player Álvaro Fuentes – are sorry to say goodbye to Montero. “Since we found out about the decision we've been very sad, not just for music reasons, but also because of all the years and experiences that we've shared. Still, even though we'd like Amaia to stay with us, we wish her all the luck in the world,” they expressed on their blog.

The band also assured that they're staying together and have already started working on their new CD, which they hope to release in 2008.

La Oreja de Van Gogh came into the spotlight in 1998 with the success of their first album Dile al sol. Since then they've won various awards internationally and seen three discs go platinum in Mexico.