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Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles Releasing Solo Album

May 18, 2013 (4:58 am) GMT
The lead vocalist of the country music duo will be working with record producer Rick Rubin for her first solo LP.

Following speculations that she will be going solo, country music duo lead vocalist finally confirms she is going to release her own solo album this fall. The 38-year-old singer announced through a press release on Friday, May 17 that she would have Columbia Records co-president and Def Jam Records founder Rick Rubin as her record producer.

"I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick," exclaimed Nettles about her producer. "If you ask any musician who is on their producer 'bucket list', Rick would be on each and every one. I still get nervous around him, in a kind of a music-crush way," Nettles added.

After giving birth to son Marcus back in December, Nettles will bring forth another "baby", her first solo project and first new album since her 2010-released "" with Sugarland co-member and instrumentalist Kristian Bush. "A lot has been lived in the time between the last record I made and now, and you can hear that," Nettles hinted at her upcoming LP in an interview.

Meanwhile, Rubin, who has produced the records of such big names as , , the , , Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, , and , will help bring Nettles' debut to life. "It goes in a lot of cool different directions. There's country but also blues, jazz, island rhythms, great classic rock moments and a lot of soul. The organizing principle is Jennifer's voice and tastes. There's a lot of styles, but it all sounds like her," Rubin revealed about their new collaboration.

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