Jennifer Nettles Signs With Big Machine Label Group
Just three weeks after leaving UMG Nashville, Jennifer Nettles has found a new record label home. The singer has signed with Big Machine Label Group, home of artists like Tim McGraw, the Band Perry, Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line.
Nettles’ split from Universal Music Group concerned only her solo material — Sugarland is still part of the UMG family. The news that she’d left came earlier this month, with the 40-year-old singer telling Billboard the change was “the first step on a path I’ve been wanting to take.”
“I am so excited about the next part of my journey and I invite my fans to stay tuned.”
As a solo artist Nettles had struggled to find success comparable to what she and Kristian Bush shared as Sugarland. Her debut album That Girl was critically acclaimed, but the highest charting single was the title track, which peaked just inside the Top 40. Earlier this summer she released “Sugar” as the lead single from a second solo album. It’s not clear if BMLG will pursue radio airplay on “Sugar.” There’s also been no word as to which of the BMLG labels Nettles will be a part of, or when fans can expect her next studio album.
Between albums Nettles has stayed busy acting. Earlier this year she made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago. She’s also set to star as Dolly Parton’s mother in a movie based on the legend’s childhood. Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors will air on NBC this December.
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