Jennifer Nettles
American musician
Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles is an American country music artist. She is known primarily for her role as lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland alongside Kristian Bush. Before Sugarland's inception, she also fronted Atlanta, Georgia-based bands called Soul Miner's Daughter and Jennifer Nettles Band.
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Dolly Parton on Her Latest Projects, the Power of Love and More
Huffington Post - 3 months
Dolly Parton is a global icon and is one of the most honored female country performers of all time. Achieving 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts—a record for a female artist—and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. In addition to receiving multiple Grammy, Country Music Association, ACMA and AMA awards, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and just this month was the recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during the 50th annual CMA Awards. Although Parton is best known as a country music singer-songwriter, she also wears a multitude of other hats: she is an actress, runs a successful multimedia corporation (Dolly Parton Enterprises) and the popular Dollywood Theme Park, and composed the score for the Broadway musical 9 to 5, based on the acclaimed film o ...
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Dolly Parton’s CMAs Speech Is Another Reason We'll Always Love Her
Huffington Post - 4 months
Beyoncé may have made headlines with her performance at last night’s Country Music Association Awards, but not even Queen B could steal the spotlight from the one and only, Dolly Parton.  The country music icon was one of the night’s biggest honorees, taking home the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. When Parton went on stage to accept her award, she couldn’t help but make some high-larious jokes.  “To be receiving the Willie Nelson Award, this is an absolute high for me,” she said, laughing as the crowd erupted into cheers. “For Willie to have a high-chievement award, I mean how proper is that? ‘Cause he’s had some highs that border on historic, I can tell you that.”  In all seriousness, Parton added, “I really am very proud to receive this.” The line of the night from Dolly Parton #CMAawards50 — Hawkeye KSCS DJ (@HawkeyeOnAir) November 3, 2016 Before Parton gave her speech, some of country’s biggest stars paid tribut ...
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19 Songs That Beautifully Capture Motherhood
Huffington Post - 10 months
Countless musicians have paid tribute to their moms with gorgeous, heartwarming and fun songs. But many artists who have their own kids also celebrate motherhood with lyrics from the parent's perspective.  In honor of Mother's Day, we put together a list of beautiful songs about motherhood, from famous musician moms. 1. "Sweetest Devotion" by Adele "The song is all about my kid," Adele told USA Today in an interview last year. "The way I've described it is that something much bigger has happened in my life. I love that my life is now about someone else." 2. "Speechless" by Alicia Keys (featuring Eve) Alicia Keys wrote "Speechless" after giving birth to her first child, a son named Egypt, in 2010. A tribute to her baby, the song's lyrics include, "When I wake up in the morning babe / Can't believe my eyes / Sweetest little part of destiny." 3. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack This early-2000s chart topper was ...
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Top 20 Country Artists to Watch in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was a big year for new artists in country music. Several acts had their first career number ones at country radio, including A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini, Canaan Smith, Michael Ray, Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, and Chris Stapleton. Others, like Cam and Chris Janson, celebrated breakthrough hits, while relative newcomers Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell solidified their positions as country's next generation of superstars. 2016 will undoubtedly be a breakthrough year for another handful of new artists. Below are 20 of the most promising, complete with a short Q&A from each of the rising stars. 20. MITCH ROSSELL If you had told Mitch Rossell in 2014 that in 2015 he would be co-writing and sharing the stage with living legend Garth Brooks, he wouldn't have believed you. But, both were among Rossell's list of accomplishments this year, and 2016 promises to be just as exciting for the Tennessee native. Describe yourself to fans in one sentence: I'm j ...
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"Coat of Many Colors" Brings Dolly's Song to Life
Huffington Post - about 1 year
TV Review - Jackie K Cooper "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" (NBC) The TV movie, "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors," is based on one of Parton's original songs and tells the story of Dolly and the coat from her childhood. It is a simple story full of faith and family and it should touch the heart of anyone who watches it. The movie succeeds thanks to Parton's honest and touching story concerning her life as a child living in the Great Smoky Mountains. She, her mother, father and six siblings did not have an easy time of it back in the 1950's. Money was sparse and hard work was common, but love was abundant. Two events marked Dolly's life during her ninth year. There was a tragic death in her family, and her mother sewed for her a coat made of patches that she called "Dolly's Coat of Many Colors." It was to Dolly as regal and beautiful a garment as Joseph's coat that was described in the Bible. The story woven around these two events is one of faith. Dolly (Alyvia Aly ...
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Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors & Several Hankies
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Coat of Many Colors, a new teleflick loosely built on Dolly Parton's 1971 song about a plucky young gal in a patchwork jacket, makes Hallmark Christmas movies look like The Walking Dead. If everybody from San Diego to San Francisco watched this story, which revisits a pivotal year or so in Parton's Tennessee childhood, they would shed enough sentimental tears to clear up California's water crisis. Expanding a song into a whole movie is risky business, and Coat of Many Colors doesn't exactly grow into Gone With the Wind. Say this, however: It remains true to the spirit and message of the song. It also has a charming lead actress in Alyvia Alyn Lind (above), who plays the young Dolly. Like the song, the movie extols faith, love of family, love of the Lord and a child having the strength and wisdom to stand up for those values when others mock them. Who's going to be against that? For those who don't remember the song, which peaked at No. 4 on the charts after its rel ...
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McEntire hopes new album catches radio's ear
USA Today - almost 2 years
'Love Somebody' features a song by Sam Hunt and a duet with Jennifer Nettles.           
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Country Music Singer Jennifer Nettles Joins the Cast of ‘Chicago’
NYTimes - about 2 years
The country music star Jennifer Nettles talks about making her Broadway debut in the musical “Chicago.”
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That Girl
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
It's a daunting task to separate Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles from the bells and whistles of her platinum-selling pop-country band – the Journey-centric intros the moist beatboxing the reggae patois the AutoTune the Panic! at the Honky Tonk power-emo and everything else heard on their 2010 smash Incredible Machine – but producer...
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Carole King MusiCares Tribute Attracts James Taylor, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga And More A-Listers
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carole King's gift as a songwriter is all about connection — friends, lovers, strangers experiencing deep emotions not often exposed to each other. Over the decades, King has made that connection with untold millions of fans. Some of those fans came out to honor the songwriter as MusiCares person of the year Friday night as part of the build up to Sunday's Grammy Awards. Among them, lifelong friend James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga, who thanked King for getting her through some difficult years before she found fame as a songwriter herself. Gaga told the crowd she used to lock herself in her father's man room as a high school student and listen to "You've Got a Friend" over and over. "And I would crank up this song so loud," Gaga said as she sat at a white baby grand piano in the center of the room wearing steampunk sunglasses and a flowing white dress. "And I really believed so much, Carole, that you were my friend. So thank you so much for t ...
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Jennifer Nettles on Virginity, Solo LP, Living Her Best Twitter Life
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
This week Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles released her debut solo album That Girl The 39-year old country singer hunkered down with Rick Rubin at his Malibu California Shangri-La Studios and recorded 11 tracks that blend pop-country and tinges of soulful R&B with her soaring vocals She tackles everything from cheaters and...
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Review: Jennifer Nettles searches for herself on 'That Girl'
LATimes - about 3 years
When Jennifer Nettles rhymes “a little kiss of freedom” with “a little room for breathin’” in her song “Me Without You,” context tells us she’s singing about the relief that accompanies the end of a troubled romantic relationship.
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Review: Nettles strips down sound on solo debut
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Jennifer Nettles, "That Girl" (Mercury Nashville)
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jennifer Nettles
  • 2016
    Age 41
    On April 20, 2016 she had a role on the WGN America hit series Underground.
    More Details Hide Details Her role as a wife and mother who became a mental patient. Nettles has lent her time and talent to support various non-profit organizations. Nettles has been a longtime supporter of the Shalom foundation. She raised more than $120,000 for the foundation in 2007. In 2008 she launched Common Thread, a series of musical events enabling artists to come together to share music and raise money for their favorite charities. The first three Common Thread concerts included performances by Nettles, Sugarland partner Kristian Bush, Emily Saliers, and Amos Lee and raised funds for the American Cancer Society, American Liver Foundation, Honor the Earth, and Intercultural Family Services. Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nettles and Sugarland partner Bush sang on the remake of We Are the World as part of Artists for Haiti. In February 2012, she was one of a group of celebrities who walked down a catwalk in red dresses for the 'Heart Truth Red Dress Collection' show, part of New York Fashion Week.She wore a David Meister dress.
    The tour was then extended by CMT and promoted as "CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles with 2016 Next Women of Country Tour" with Brandy Clark and special guest Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson for over 30 dates across the country starting in January 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Jennifer then released a music video for her song "Sugar," she would be performing this song, which is off her upcoming album, at the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Domino Sugar float. Nettles then released the first official single, off her upcoming album with Big Machine, "Unlove You" which she debuted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 24. For six years in a row she has hosted the CMA Country Christmas on ABC. Nettles made her acting debut in the NBC television movie, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors portraying Dolly Parton's mother. It premiered on December 10, 2015. She will reprise her role in the sequel Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.
  • 2015
    Age 40
    In July 2015, Nettles parted ways with Mercury Nashville.
    More Details Hide Details Nettles then signed with Big Machine Label Group. Nettles announced that she would be going on the "Playing With Fire Tour" with Ryan Kindler and Brandy Clark as her opening acts.
  • 2014
    Age 39
    On June 4, 2014, Nettles performed "All of Me" with John Legend and Hunter Hayes at the CMT Music Awards.
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  • 2013
    Age 38
    Nettles announced in May 2013 that she would begin working on a solo album.
    More Details Hide Details Her first solo single, "That Girl", was released in August. Nettles co-wrote the song with Butch Walker, and Rick Rubin produced it. The album, also titled That Girl, was released on January 14, 2014.
  • 2012
    Age 37
    In 2012, Nettles appeared as a judge on the ABC singing competition series Duets alongside Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Robin Thicke.
    More Details Hide Details The show was cancelled after one season.
  • 2011
    Age 36
    On Saturday, November 26, 2011, Jennifer married her boyfriend of two years, Justin Miller, in a sunset ceremony at Blackberry Farm in East Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details On June 18, 2012, Nettles and her husband announced they were expecting their first child in November. Their son, Magnus Hamilton Miller, was born in December 2012. "We are so thankful for all the prayers and support and are excited to take some time together as a new family," the couple said in a statement.
  • 2010
    Age 35
    ABC broadcast the first CMA Country Christmas, hosted by Nettles, on November 29, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Nettles and Sugarland partner Kristian Bush kicked off the evening with their rendition of "Winter Wonderland," backed by Little Big Town. The pair returned to the stage later in the program to perform the hymn "Come, O Come Emmanuel," just before the "Jingle Bell Rock" group grande finale of the 90-minute special.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    On Sunday, January 18, 2009, Nettles performed at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, singing James Taylor's "Shower the People" with James Taylor and John Legend.
    More Details Hide Details On February 11, 2009, Sugarland received two nominations from the Academy of Country Music for Top Vocal Duo and Vocal Event of the Year for "Life in a Northern Town". During the broadcast of the April 5, 2009 awards show, Sugarland was presented with the Vocal Duo of the Year award, ending Brooks & Dunn's nine-year run. Nettles also received a Milestone award, presented to her by Reba McEntire.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    In early December 2008, Sugarland received three Grammy Award nominations and performed on the 51st Annual Grammy Awards show on February 8, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details They won awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
  • 2007
    Age 32
    In February 2007, Nettles and Bon Jovi won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    In 2006, Kristen Hall left the group and Nettles and Bush continued on as a duo releasing Enjoy the Ride in November 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Their third album, titled Love on the Inside, was released on July 22, 2008. In an interview on Fox News with Martha MacCullum, Nettles expressed interest in appearing in a Broadway play, stating in particular that she would like to play the role of Elphaba in Wicked.
    Sugarland was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best New Artist category in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Although they did not win the award, Nettles and Bush performed for the awards show and Nettles presented both a Lifetime Achievement Award to Merle Haggard and the award for Best Country Group. A duet performance with rock band Bon Jovi, "Who Says You Can't Go Home", reached No. 7 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The video for the song won a CMT Music Award in 2006 for Collaborative Video Of The Year.
  • 2003
    Age 28
    In 2003, Nettles teamed up with Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush to form Sugarland.
    More Details Hide Details Regarding the trio's collaboration, she said: "We really wanted to get out of where we had all been as artists and move beyond that to something bigger. Consequently all the songs reflect that; 'Fly Away,' 'Baby Girl,' all of those songs - you speak to the human condition and write what you know in your life."
  • 2000
    Age 25
    The band, which in addition to Nettles included Brad Sikes (drums), Scott Nicholson (piano), Wesley Lupold (bass), and Mike Cebulski (percussion), was selected the grand prize winner from more than 2000 bands in "The Big Deal $100,000 Music Search" presented by Mars Music.
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  • 1999
    Age 24
    In 1999, she formed the Jennifer Nettles Band, with which she released three studio albums and two live albums.
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  • 1998
    Age 23
    Nettles was born and raised in the small town of Douglas, Georgia, graduating from Coffee High School. Nettles married Todd Van Sickle in 1998, but the couple divorced in 2007.
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  • 1997
    Age 22
    Nettles studied Sociology and Anthropology at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and graduated in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details While a student there, Nettles and Cory Jones (who at the time was studying classical guitar at the University of Georgia) formed the group Soul Miner’s Daughter. Performing as both an acoustic duo and with a band, they released two albums: The Sacred and Profane in 1996 and Hallelujah in 1998, both of which were composed of songs written collaboratively by Jones and Nettles. Soul Miner's Daughter was invited to perform at the Atlanta installment of Lilith Fair in 1999.
  • 1986
    Age 11
    Nettles began performing at school assemblies, her Southern Baptist church, and in community theater. She was also a member of Georgia 4-H's Clovers & Company performing arts group from 1986 to 1993.
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  • 1974
    Born on September 12, 1974.
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