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Jennifer Nettles talks new solo album, motherhood
By CHRIS TALBOTT , AP Music Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jennifer Nettles has finished the music, chosen a cover photo and now she has a release date for her debut solo album -- Jan. 14.

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Nettles revealed the date Monday night in an interview at the ASCAP Country Awards, making one of many appearances this week. The Sugarland singer kicked things off with a listening party for her new Rick Rubin-produced album, "That Girl," on Sunday. She will attend the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday and will serve as host during the taping Friday of the CMA's Christmas show.

Expect to see a different side of the 39-year-old singer as she reveals her new music. They're the first without her Sugarland partner Kristian Bush. The Grammy Award-winning duo is on hiatus.

"I think this album so far for me musically has been the most intimate and personal ... musically and vocally," Nettles said. "I think it's way more intimate to me and way more personal in the sense that when you collaborate, that's the nature of collaboration, you're affecting each other, and playing with and inspiring each other, and yet there are things that one may not get to do or want to do when collaborating."

The week will mark Nettles' first real return to the spotlight since the birth of her son, Magnus, 11 months ago. Motherhood and marriage have changed Nettles, and she says that will be reflected on "That Girl."

"I'm able to show a side that I think's more womanly," Nettles said. "I think it's more mature, and so that's big for me. I think it gives you perspective all around, not just musically but also in my career. I think you get superefficient because you have to be. You don't worry about things that were superimportant before because you have a baby and you just burn that underbrush out. You feel like a huntress."

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Nov 6, 2013 4:50AM
not to judge, (hard to do without all the facts) however despite the fact that Jennifer has a lot of talent, another fact is that "sugarland"'s breakup will always haunt her, (at least in my mind)...hoping the other two find future success as well. I know the "frontman" of most groups usually get most of the glory, that being the nature of the beast, but here's hoping she never forgets and is thankful for those who gave her a "step up" for her to shine. Greed is an ugly thing on such a pretty lady, here's hoping that's not the case.
Nov 5, 2013 2:25PM
Her solo work (Jennifer Nettles Band) before Sugarland (have to search for it on youtube, also)
Nov 5, 2013 2:24PM


Pre-Sugarland Jennifer Nettles--a band called "Soul MIner's Daughter". (Search for it on youtube--they don't let you post links)

Nov 5, 2013 2:20PM

OH, Lord, people, she is not kicking anyone to any curb. Kristen chose to leave. Jennifer wrote and recorded VERY different music before Sugarland. She's a very creative person, and country is only one side of her. People do their own thing all the time and continue to record with their bands. Stop looking for dirt where there is none.

Nov 5, 2013 1:33PM
I love Sugarland and will look forward to their uniting once again. This is a great time for Jennifer to do this solo album. As she is turning her attention to motherhood, it gives her more flexibility to give her child the necessary attention. Collaboration means more stress as two schedules have to be considered. Good luck to her and success on her new album.
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