Let’s be honest, not every country music superstar can step out of their comfort zone and slay a song from a completely different genre. But Jennifer Nettles is the perfect example of someone who can.
The 43-year-old songstress and actress just joined forces with Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford on a duet of “As Long As You’re Mine” from the hit Broadway musical “Wicked.” And their duet representing the characters of Elphaba and Fiyero is nothing short of amazing!
Jennifer shared a portion of the two’s incredible collaboration on Instagram, and you check it out below.
As you can see in this video above, Jennifer, who is also one-half of the country music duo Sugarland, effortlessly turns off the twang to execute a flawless delivery of her Broadway performance. With good breath support and a confident vocal stance she unleashes the lyrics of the song so beautifully.
“Maybe I’m brainless / Maybe I’m wise /But you’ve got me seeing / Through different eyes / Somehow I’ve fallen / Under your spell / And somehow I’m feeling / It’s up that I fell,” she sings with so much gusto, while punctuating each consonant.
Afterwards, Annaleigh joins in and blends her vocals with Jennifer’s in beautiful harmony.
“YES. Slay 🔥🔥🔥,” one fan wrote of the clip.
“Queen Jennifer!! You could sing anything!!” another person added.
A third person said, “So good. So polished. The best.”
Jennifer and Annaleigh’s duet on “As Long As You’re Mine” is the latest installment of the musical’s YouTube series, “#OutOfOz: Wicked Studio Sessions.” The popular series has already featured a variety of stripped-down performances of some of the musical’s best-known songs like “Defying Gravity” and “For Good”.
Interestingly enough, this actually isn’t Jennifer’s first appearance in the series. Last year, she put her vocals to a powerful rendition of “No Good Deed,” which was originally sung by Idina Menzel in the musical. But Jennifer has had ties to Broadway for quite some time. Aside from her contributions to the “Wicked” series, she also played the role of Roxy Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” in 2015.
“Having spent time on the Broadway stage definitely helps one’s confidence in terms of feeling just validated in that world,” Jennifer told “Billboard” in a new interview. “Most people only know my voice as a country artist. If all you hear are songs [that] are played on the radio, you get a very branded, commerced, marketed, specific, limited sound. For me, it’s a big treat when people get to discover me as a vocalist in a new genre.”
That’s not to say that Jennifer won’t be showcasing her role in country music. In fact, she and Sugarland bandmate Kristian Bush recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus and will soon head out on their first tour since 2012. The duo’s “Still the Same Tour” kicks off May 4 in Durant, Oklahoma, and features supporting acts Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell, Clare Bowen and Frankie Ballard.