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At the 49th annual CMA Awards back in 2007, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles poured out her heart and soul in the song “Stay,” her first self-penned song. And while the lyrics are about a lonely mistress, it is also a song about relationships and saying goodbye.


And Jennifer has had her share of goodbyes.

In 2013, word spread that Sugarland was taking a break, and Jennifer was left to say goodbye to performing with the duo’s other half, Kristian Bush. And in 2016, Jennifer had to say goodbye to yet another friend.

Paul Gordon, who recently played backup for Jennifer during her recent solo career, passed away on Feb. 18 in Nashville due to an unspecified illness. He was 52.

Paul wore many hats, which included working as a musician, writer and producer, and played with other musical artists like The Goo Goo Dolls, The B-52’s and Lisa Marie Presley.

“Today we lost one of our precious own, Paul Christian Gordon,” wrote Jennifer via Instagram. “Prayers for your beautiful family. May your Journey be sweet. You will forever play on in our hearts.”

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Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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