12:36pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles Goes Solo
Jennifer Nettles is going solo.
The Sugarland vocalist announced Friday that she is currently in the studio with producer Rick Rubin,working on her debut album as a solo artist, due out this fall.
In a statement, Nettles said she’s “thrilled” to be working with Rubin, whose resume includes co-president of Columbia Records and founder of Def Jam Records. In his storied career, the super-producer has worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers, Lana Del Rey, Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks.
“I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick,” said Nettles. “If you ask any musician who is on their producer ‘bucket list,’ Rick would be on each and every one."
A superstar in her own right, Nettles has won two Grammys as the lead singer of Sugarland. The group has won four CMT Awards, six CMA Awards, one AMA and five ACM Awards. Nettles will be on hand this weekend to present at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 19.
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