Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, better known as the country duo Sugarland, haven’t put out an album together since 2010’s The Incredible Machine—and that doesn’t look like it’ll change any time soon. “Right now we’re both doing our solo stuff,” Jennifer Nettles told EW at Thursday’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala. “I’m in the studio right now doing another solo record, and Kristian just put one out, so we’re having fun doing that. Go out and see both—twice as nice, baby!”
After a stint starring on Broadway as Chicago‘s Roxie Hart, Nettles returned to the studio last month to record her second solo album, the follow-up to 2014’s That Girl. Her bandmate Kristian Bush released his own solo debut, Southern Gravity, in April. “I think it’s exciting, and he’s really good at that kind of stuff,” Nettles told Taste of Country of Bush in May. “I love that he’s doing it!”
Nettles also told EW about some of her biggest influences. “When you’re really young, you listen to what your parents and your family listens to, so I had a great deep tradition in both gospel and country,” she said, adding what a great honor it was to perform the George Jones classic “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today” at the Songwriters Gala. “When I started to develop my own taste, I loved the Indigo Girls, R.E.M., Tori Amos, all of those. When I started to cut my own teeth and branch out, those were who I went to.”
Reporting by Jeff Nelson.