Jennifer Nettles: New Label, Single and Tour

Sugarland Reputation Impresses Boss

Before Jennifer Nettles even signed to Big Machine Records, she’d already impressed her new boss. About 11 years ago.

Big Machine Label Group president Scott Borchetta says signing Nettles to a solo deal was a full-circle moment for him after first meeting her after Sugarland signed to the Universal Music Group.

He was senior vice president of promotion for the Nashville division when then-president Luke Lewis presented a disc of “this new band we’ve signed” and told Borchetta to pick a first single.

“I was floored with Sugarland then. and I’m floored with all-things-Jennifer now,” Borchetta said Thursday (Aug. 27) in announcing the new signing. “She’s simply one of the best female voices to ever grace country music, and I can’t wait for the world to hear her new music.”

Nettles will release a new single in October. A new solo album will be released early next year.

“They are truly the best in the business,” Nettles said of her new Big Machine family. “I loved working with Scott years ago, in the beginning of my career, and have been waiting for the right opportunity to get to work with him again. I’m so happy that day has arrived, and I look forward to our exciting new adventures to come.”

Nettles’ solo debut album, That Girl, was released in January 2014 on UMG’s Mercury Nashville imprint, Sugarland’s longtime label home.

Earlier this month when Nettles announced she was leaving UMG as a solo artist, Billboard reported that UMG retains the rights to any of Sugarland’s future releases. However, with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush signed to a solo deal with Streamsound Records and currently touring to promote his Southern Gravity, the future of the duo remains unclear.

Nettles will kick off her Playing With Fire tour with Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder on Oct. 23 in Atlanta.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.