Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Plans Solo Release

Singer working on debut solo album with Rick Rubin.

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles has announced that she will step away from the duo this fall and release her first solo country album. The award-winning songwriter and entertainer has recruited famed producer Rick Rubin to oversee the recording.

In December 2012, Jennifer and her husband, Justin Miller, welcomed their first child, Magnus Hamilton Miller, who recently made his debut on Jennifer’s website. Baby Magnus’ arrival seems to have had a big impact on Jennifer’s decision to pursue this next artistic endeavor.

“I have had a huge milestone in my life reminding me of the beauty of my roots,” Jennifer shared with Country Weekly. “This album is a celebration of those roots and I am so excited to share it.”

While no title has been given for the release, Jennifer and Rick spent a month at Malibu, Calif.-based Shangri-La Studios to work on the project, according to Rolling Stone. Session pros including Ian McLagan (Faces, The Rolling Stones), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Smokey Hormel (Beck, Tom Waits) have contributed their talents as well.

This weekend, Jennifer will be in Las Vegas to present at the Billboard Music Awards May 19.

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