Country singer Jennifer Nettles will release her first solo album Jan. 14, and fans can expect to hear music that’s different than what she does with Sugarland partner Kristian Bush.
“I think this album so far for me musically has been the most intimate and personal ... musically and vocally,” Nettles told The Associated Press
. “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.”
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Nettles performed songs from “That Girl” Sunday evening at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, and CMT reported that her new album is a diverse mix of country, soul, and “100 percent honest.”
CMT also said Nettles was looking terrific after giving birth to baby boy Magnus almost a year ago, and Nettles told the AP that life-changing event impacted her music.
“I’m able to show a side that I think’s more womanly,” Nettles told the AP. “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.”
On Sunday, Nettles blended her voice with Richard Marx, Will Hoge, and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town. To top it all off, she sang “Stranger in My House,” with Ronnie Milsap.
In the midst of parenting and debuting a solo album, Nettles is hosting the CMA’s Country Christmas show for the fourth year. The taping takes place Friday, and it will air during the holiday season. She posted Instagram photos of the rehearsal for Friday’s, writing, “Just my little dance family and me, paying it in sweat. I love this stuff! #cmacountrychristmas #rehearsals.”
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