Sugarland is an American country music duo, composed of singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. Sugarland was originally founded as a trio in 2002 by Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush. Jennifer Nettles joined a bit later but after three years, in 2006, Kristen left. In 2004, prior to the trio becoming a duo, Sugarland signed to Mercury Nashville Records. They soon found success with the release of their debut single, "Baby Girl", the first single from their multi-platinum debut album, “Twice the Speed of Life”.
Jennifer Nettles grew up in a small town in Georgia and went on to form a duo in college, Soul Miner's Daughter, with Cory Jones. She went on to secure a spot on the 1999 Lilith Fair Tour and released an album in 2000 called “Story of Your Bones”. Meanwhile, in the early 90s, Kristian Bush had formed a duo with Billy Pilgrim. Bush and Nettles had no idea back then that they’d one day join forces to become a power duo of their own, working with the most well-known names in country music.
As a duo, Bush and Nettles toured with Kenny Chesney and released their second album, “Enjoy the Ride”, which generated a bunch of Top 10 country hits, including "Stay", "Everyday America", and "Settlin'". Sugarland has also worked with the likes of Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Matt Nathanson, and even Beyonce!
In 2006, Sugarland was nominated for the Grammy Best New Artist. They’ve also been nominated for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 2009, Sugarland won the Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal with their song, “Stay”.
After a five-year hiatus, the award-winning duo reunited in 2017. Nettles used the break to pursue an acting career and her own music, while Bush released a solo album called “Southern Gravity”.
Sugarland is a musical duo that has taken the country world by storm. Below are some of their most popular hits:
- Stuck Like Glue
- All I Want to Do
- Already Gone
- Baby Girl
- Just Might
- Down to Mississippi
Sugarland has released five studio albums for Mercury Nashville and 14 singles.
So, what’s it like to see this country duo perform live? From love anthems and tender ballads to country rock songs, Bush and Nettles sure know how to put on a show. Jennifer Nettles belts out her songs– you won’t have to worry about any lip-synching at these concerts! The onstage duo is endearing and genuine– it’s apparent during their shows that Jennifer and Kristian are having a great time, and they pass that energy along to their audience. It’s been said that one of the best performances at a Sugarland concert comes when the duo performs their hit, “Stay”. This ballad is country at its purest form– Kristian on the guitar and Jennifer haunting the crowd with her pleading words. In fact, all you’ll want to do is stay once you arrive at a Sugarland concert!