Jennifer Nettles’ New Solo Album Won’t Share The Same Sugarland Sound

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Jennifer Nettles is no amateur when it comes to performing and touring.   Having spent 10 years on the road with her band Sugarland, Nettles has taken the plunge into life as a solo artist and it doesn’t look like she’s stopping anytime soon.  Thankfully, the now solo singer had her creative hands in Sugarland so long, she’s able to venture out on her own to finally do a project she’s been dying to put out for awhile.

“I love what I do with Sugarland,” she admits, “but I’ve been wanting to do this project for a long time and [I] have been writing for it for three years,” which was just after the release of Sugarland’s certified Platinum album The Incredible Machine. “There’s the sound we have in Sugarland, but there was something I wanted to do that was a different sound.”  As if working on her Rick Rubin-produced solo venture wasn’t enough, the spunky country girl recently welcomed a brand new addition to her life with husband Justin Miller, a son named Magnus Hamilton Miller.  The tyke is just barely eight months old, a pretty needy time for an infant.

So how does Nettles keep up with a successful music career, a marriage, a newborn and a nationwide tour?  “It’s like juggling,” she jokes.  “If you just keep the three of them in the air it’s easier.”  But life on the road has been anything but restful and organized.  “[I’ve realized] you don’t need near as much sleep as you thought you would” when it comes to taking care of a newborn baby and a newborn solo career.

Thankfully, she isn’t stressing much about her upcoming solo release.  “I feel confident in myself as a songwriter and a singer but I’m nervous in a way you are when something’s important to you.”

Nettles’ forthcoming untitled album is set to be released this fall but fans can get a sneak peek at what to expect from her new single “That Girl,” co-written by longtime friend Butch Walker, which drops August 19.

- Jodi Phillips / The New 103.7


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