More than ten years ago, the trio Sugarland was being scouted up and down Nashville’s Music Row, looking for a label where their music could find a home.
That home was Universal Music Group Nashville – the label responsible for releasing some of Sugarland’s earliest hits such as “Something More,” “Just Might (Make Me Believe)” and 2004’s breakthrough hit “Baby Girl.”
The rest of the story of Sugarland is well known.
Kristen Hall left.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush went on to be huge stars.
Jennifer Nettles left.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush began solo careers.
Yet, on Aug. 27, Nettles made a move by signing with a new label that will ultimately reunite her with one of the men instrumental in Sugarland’s initial success — Big Machine Label Group’s President and CEO Scott Borchetta.
“This is somewhat full-circle as I was at UMG Nashville as SVP/Promo when then-President Luke Lewis presented a disc of ‘this new band we’ve signed – pick a single,’” said Borchetta in a recent press release. “I was floored with Sugarland then and I’m floored with all things Jennifer now. 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. Get. Ready.”
“I am so thrilled and honored to join the Big Machine family,” Nettles added. “They are truly the best in the business. 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.”
Those new adventures are said to include the October 2015 release of a brand new single and the release of a brand new solo album in 2016.