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Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles decides to go out on her own next year

by Nicole Oran   Nov 13, 2013 15:50 PM EST

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Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles will be debuting her first solo project this coming January with her own album, That Girl. Nettles wrote much of her own material but also worked with songwriters such as Sara Bareilles, Butch Walker and Richard Marx. The new album was recorded in Malibu, California at producer Rick Rubin's famed spot, Shangri-La Studios, where other artists like Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton have worked with Rubin.

"I put no conscious guides or governors on the creation of this album other than to write songs that I want to sing," she said in a statement to Rolling Stone. "Working with Rick Rubin was a dream come true and the result is an album that plays to my roots - country, Seventies radio, gospel and singer-songwriter."

Rubin has worked closely with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Linkin Park, Adele and the Beastie Boys.

It's got a lot of cool directions," Rubin previously told Rolling Stone about the new album. "There's country, but also blues, jazz, island rhythms, great classic rock moments, and a lot of soul."

Nettles is scheduled to host ABC's CMA Country Christmas on Dec. 2 before she heads out on tour on Feb. 13 to debut the new material. With the past success of Sugarland in the country scene and her promising collaborations on this new project, it's likely that her first solo release with do well with previous fans, and attract new listeners based on the other artists on the record as well as her work with Rubin.

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