Julie Hudson announced that she felt it was time to leave her position with the Chuck Wagon Gang. The Chuck Wagon Gang is a Southern gospel musical group, and long-running radio show, formed in 1935 by D.P. (Dad) Carter and son Jim (Ernest) and daughters Rose (Lola) and Anna (Effie).
The group got their first radio break as sponsored singers for Bewley Flour in 1936. The "Gang" signed with Columbia Records and remained with them for 39 years, creating a world record with them that lasted until 2000, when Johnny Mathis' overall contract with the same label (combining both his signage in 1957 and re-signage in 1968) entered its 40th year. At one point they were Columbia's number one selling group with excess of over 39 million in record sales.
The Chuck Wagon Gang has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Grand Ole Opry. The group has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institution's classic American recordings.
Julie explains her reasons for leaving in this official statement:
"After much prayerful consideration it is with mixed emotions that I must announce that the time has come for me to leave my position with the Chuck Wagon Gang. I have dearly loved singing for the last 9 ½ years and have loved and appreciated each of you so very much. It has been your love and support that have allowed me to do what I have done thus far and for that I am very grateful.
I have made some of the most wonderful friends and have worked with some of the most awesome folks ever over the years. I will miss all of you so very much. God has been so very good to me, but I feel He is now leading me away from the "Gang." I don't have any plans as of yet, and I am unsure of what the future holds, but I am leaving it in God's hands. Hopefully, if God allows, I will see you down the road again.
I just want to do whatever it is that He would have me to do. I would ask that you keep me and my family in your prayers as I make this transition. Thanks again for all your love and support- it will never be forgotten. I love and appreciate each of you!"