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Jennifer Nettles is an American country music vocalist, best known as the lead singer of the popular group Sugarland.
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Born in Douglas, Georgia, on September 12, 1974, Jennifer Nettles performed with Soul Miner's Daughter and The Jennifer Nettles Band before forming Sugarland in 2003, with Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush. Nettles and Bush went on to considerable success, winning the 2009 Grammy Award for best country song and the Vocal Duo of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music.
Singer, songwriter and musician Jennifer Odessa Nettles was born on September 12, 1974, in Douglas, Georgia. As the lead singer of Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles has become of the most popular singer-songwriters in country music today.
Nettles grew up in a small town and started singing along to songs on the radio at an early age. She learned to play piano and started writing songs as a child. She performed at church events and other functions and eventually joined a 4-H group known as Clovers and Company.
In college, Nettles formed the duo Soul Miner's Daughter with Cory Jones. Starting her own self-titled band in 1998, she earned a spot on the 1999 Lilith Fair tour and began to develop a strong following for her folk alternative sound. Nettles then released the 2000 album Story of Your Bones.
A few years later, Nettles joined forces with two other veterans of the Atlanta alternative folk scene—Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush. The trio decided to become a country band, hoping to break out of the small club circuit and make it big. They signed to Mercury Nashville record label in 2003, and released their first album, Twice the Speed of Life, the following year. Scoring a huge hit with "Baby Girl," Sugarland was soon on their way to country music superstardom. The song tells the story of a young singer's journey to stardom through a series of letters to her parents.
Their debut recording also featured several other hits, including "Something More" and "Stand Back Up," and eventually sold more than 2 million copies. Along with their commercial success, Sugarland earned a lot of critical praise as well. They were nominated for several Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in 2005, winning for Top New Duo or Vocal Group.
In 2006, Sugarland went through some changes. Kristen Hall left the group early in the year to focus on songwriting. Now a duo, Sugarland toured with Kenny Chesney and released their second album Enjoy the Ride, which generated several top 10 country hits, including "Stay," "Everyday America," and "Settlin'."
Critics were especially impressed by "Stay," which won the ACM Awards for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Nettles broke new ground with the track, becoming the first woman to have written the ACM Song of the Year by herself.
While "Stay" covers cheating, a popular subject in country music, it takes the unusual viewpoint of the other woman. Nettles' earnest twang and soulful voice helped make this song's story sound heartfelt and genuine and music fans responded enthusiastically to the track.
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