Tori Amos leaves Epic Records

Singer-songwriter's next album due next spring

NEW YORK -- Tori Amos has ended her tenure with Epic Records and "has chosen the path of independence for her next work," according to her manager.

"As with many of her contemporaries, Tori is devising new and exciting ways of getting her music to the masses without the boundaries and limitations of the major music companies," manager John Witherspoon tells Billboard's Ask Billboard column.

Amos' next album, due in spring 2009, will be "a project of new music and visuals which is being started in the summer," he said.

Amos is also writing a musical for the British National Theater, "The Light Princess," and in July will unveil a graphic novel, "Comic Book Tattoo," based on her catalog.

Amos recorded for Atlantic from 1992-2001 before signing with Epic. Her last album for that label was 2007's "American Doll Posse."

Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.
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