Today Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles announced she will release her first solo album this fall. She’s working with producer Rick Rubin on the project. Rubin, previously co-president of Columbia Records and founder of Def Jam Records, has worked with a variety of artists including Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow and The Avett Brothers.
“I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick”, said Jennifer. “If you ask any musician who is on their producer ‘bucket list’, Rick would be on each and every one.”
“This album is different than what I’ve done before,” she told Rolling Stone magazine. “What I do with Sugarland, primarily it’s stuff that starts with me and Kristian [Bush, Sugarland co-founder] writing together. It’s fun to play with that masculine energy, but for this I wanted to do something really personal – more intimate and emotional.”
Jennifer spent the last month recording the album in Shangri-La Studios, located in Malibu, California. It’s her first time “back on the job” since the birth of her now-four-month-old son, Magnus.
“I’m a working mother now,” she told Rolling Stone. “The timing was right, both in the arc of my life and as an artist. You can get comfortable with certain sounds, and your fans come to expect them. At the same time, I wanted to play with different parts of my voice or my writing. It won’t be a shock or surprise to a Sugarland fan, but hopefully it will bring in new listeners, too.”
This weekend, Jennifer will be in Las Vegas as a presenter at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19.