Jennifer Nettles Working on Solo Album

Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will release her first solo album this fall. The vocalist – and multiple Grammy, AMA, ACM Awards, CMT Awards and CMA Awards winner – has enlisted the help of esteemed producer Rick Rubin on the project.

Rubin, previously co-president of Columbia Records and founder of Def Jam Records, has worked with a variety of artists including Johnny Cash,  Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers, Lana Del Ray, 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.”

According to Rolling Stone, Nettles and Rubin have been working at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, Calif., with several ace studio musicians, including keyboardist Ian McLagan (who worked with the Rolling Stones), drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bassist Jason Lader (who has worked with Mars Volta), guitarists Smokey Hormel (who has played with Beck and Tom Waits) and Matt Sweeney (known for his work with Cat Power). Both Sweeney and Hormel worked on Rubin’s American Recordings series with Johnny Cash.

This weekend, Nettles will be in Las Vegas as a presenter at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19.


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