Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles Goes Solo on Rick Rubin-Produced 'That Girl'

Jennifer Nettles, best known as one half ot the platinum-selling country/pop duo Sugarland, will release her debut solo album That Girl on January 14.  The album was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at the famous Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California. 

“I started writing this album three years ago,” says Nettles. “I put no conscious guides or governors on the creation of this album other than to write songs that I want to sing.  Working with Rick Rubin was a dream come true and the result is an album that plays to my roots – country, 70’s radio, gospel and singer songwriter.”

It's got a lot of cool directions," Rubin told Rolling Stone of the new songs. "There's country,  but also blues, jazz, island rhythms, great classic rock moments, and a lot of soul." She adds, "This album is different than what I’ve done before. What I do with Sugarland, primarily it’s stuff that starts with me and Kristian writing together. For this I wanted to do something really personal — more intimate and emotional.”

Ten of the eleven tracks on the album were written or co-written by Nettles and include collaborations with songwriters Butch Walker, Phillip Sweet (Little Big Town), Richard Marx and Sara Bareilles, among others. Jennifer covers Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock” which she was drawn to as she is the same age as Seger was when he wrote the song.  Jennifer wanted to interpret the song from the female perspective exploring feminine strength.  The title track from the album is currently climbing the country radio charts.

That Girl Track Listing:

  1. “Falling” (Written by Jennifer Nettles)
  2. “Me Without You” (Written by Jennifer Nettles, Tim Owens and Derek George)
  3. “Moneyball” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Scott Patton)
  4. “That Girl” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Butch Walker )
  5. “This Angel” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Mike Reid)
  6. “Jealousy” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Kevin Griffin)
  7. “This One's For You” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Sara Bareilles)
  8. “Know You Wanna Know” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Richard Marx)
  9. “Thank You” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Phillip Sweet)
  10. “Good Time To Cry” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Mike Reid)
  11. “Like A Rock” (Written by Bob Seger)