New music is expected in 2018 from the duo
The Country Music Association is always surprising fans and last night’s 51st Annual CMA Awards was no different. After six years, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush reunited as Sugarland to present Duo of the Year during the ceremony, hinting at a return. After the show, the duo surprised guests at the Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) after party by performing “Baby Girl” and “Stay.” Now, The Music Universe can confirm the duo is working on new music.
A spokesperson with Big Machine confirmed to me by phone on Thursday (Nov 9th) that there’s “likely new music coming soon” from the pair, but couldn’t elaborate. Neither a timeline nor any confirmation if the group has moved from UMG Nashville to Big Machine, where Nettles has released three albums as a solo artist, was given. An announcement is expected soon.
Shortly after their CMA appearance, the duo’s social media accounts published an image of them with . No word if it’s the a single or album title.
Sugarland, which started as a trio in 2002, has released five studio albums and has sold more than 14 million albums on Mercury Records between 2004-2011. Nettles and Bush never officially broke up, but decided to pursue solo careers in 2011, after a devastating stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Nettles signed with BMLG and released That Girl in 2014 and Playing With Fire and a Christmas album in 2016. Bush released Southern Gravity in 2015 via Streamsound Records which Grammy Award-winning producer Bryan Gaillmore co-owns.
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