Sugarland’s Kristian Bush Opens Up About Reuniting With Jennifer Nettles 

Posted: 6:15 am Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Staff Writer

If we are being honest, we couldn’t be happier that Sugarland is coming back together, not just for the new music but for the performances of the older stuff as well! We aren’t the only ones either. Fans are excited that the duo reunited as well, but perhaps no one is more excited than Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. The singers, who took a break after the release of The Incredible Machine in 2010, are learning how to work together again, especially after they spent so much time focusing on their own projects in the interim.

“It was comfortable because it’s someone you know. Then, it was exciting because the mystery of the years in between,” Bush tells Sounds Like Nashville of sitting down with Nettles to write their first single, “Still the Same.” “She’s like, ‘How about we write about what we’re in the middle of?’ The song kind of unfolds as we asked each other questions in a row like, ‘Where do we start?’ Right here.”

2011 CMT Music Awards - Red Carpet

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 08: Singer Jennifer Nettles and musician Kristian Bush of Sugarland attend the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

You may not remember but they kind of came back with a big bang at the 2017 CMA Awards where Bush and Nettles hinted at the idea while announcing a winner for a category and then later that night announcing that they were officially back together. But, perhaps surprisingly, Bush and Nettles planned very little before their big announcement last fall.

“The only thing we did before the awards, we sat down and tried to write a song because that’s always what this band was. It was based on sitting down and writing songs,” Bush recalls of “Still the Same.” “I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, we still got it.’”

They come back bigger and better than they were before, pun intended, with their new album, Bigger! Get it… LOL the new album that will be released on June 8!

“In a lot of ways, I think fans are able to hear into our relationship, which we never talk about much,” Bush explains. “It was just a given because you knew us long after we already knew each other, so hearing us navigate coming back together is actually in the song. I think that’s cool; it’s also the truth, so it’s very convenient.”

The second single from Bigger, “Babe,” was just released, written by and featuring Taylor Swift.

“We’ve never really put a song by anybody else on any of our records, so we weren’t really used to sorting through that, and we didn’t want to mess it up,” added Bush. “So we didn’t tell anybody about it, until we got finished. And she liked it, thank God. It is a good song.”