Jennifer Odessa Nettles is a singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer from the United States. She was born on September 12, 1974.
Nettles sings lead with Kristian Bush in the pair Sugarland. Before that, she led the Atlanta-based band’s Soul Miner’s Daughter and Jennifer Nettles Band. She also did a duet with Bon Jovi on their 2006 song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which went to number one on the Billboard country chart. She has won many awards for her work as a single artist and as one half of the duo Sugarland, including three Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards, and an American Music Award.
Jennifer Nettles: Early Life Details
Jennifer Nettles was born in Douglas, Georgia, on September 12, 1974. Her full name is Jennifer Odessa Nettles. Jennifer went to Coffee High School, and then she went to Agnes Scott College to study anthropology and Spanish. She graduated in 1997. In 2018, Nettles gave a graduation speech at her college and was given an Honorary Doctor of Law. As a child, she acted at her church, school, and community theater.
In 1986, she joined the Clovers & Company performing arts group of the Georgia 4-H Club. Jennifer and University of Georgia student Cory Jones started the band Soul Miner’s Daughter as a college student. They put out the records “The Sacred and Profane” (1996) and “Hallelujah” (1998) and were asked to play at the Atlanta stop of Lilith Fair in 1999. That same year, Nettles started the Jennifer Nettles Band, which won Mars Music’s “The Big Deal $100,000 Music Search” and put out three studio records.
Jennifer Nettles: Career Details
Nettles, Bush, and Hall formed Sugarland in 2003 and signed with Mercury Nashville Records in 2004. “Twice the Speed of Life” debuted at #3 on the “Billboard” Top Country Albums list and #16 on the “Billboard” 200 charts on October 26, 2004. “Baby Girl,” “Something More,” and “Just Might (Make Me Believe)” made the top 10 on “Billboard” Hot Country Songs. The album was certified 3× Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in Canada. Jennifer and Kristian stayed as a duo after Hall left in 2006. “Enjoy the Ride,” Sugarland’s 2006 second album, went 3× Platinum in the U.S. and hit #2 on the Top Country Albums chart and #4 on the “Billboard” 200. “Want To” and “Settlin'” topped the Hot Country Songs chart, and “Stay” hit #2 and won two Grammys. Sugarland’s third album, 2008’s “Love on the Inside,” topped the “Billboard” 200 and Top Country Albums charts and got 2x Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in Canada. “All I Want to Do,” “Already Gone,” and “It Happens” were three straight #1 hits for the duo.
Sugarland issued “Live on the Inside” and “Gold and Green” in 2009. “Live on the Inside” topped the “Billboard” 200 and Top Country Albums charts, while “Gold and Green” made #3. At “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” Nettles played “Shower the People” with James Taylor and John Legend. Taylor had a 1976 hit with the song. “Stuck Like Glue,” from Sugarland’s 2010 #1 album “The Incredible Machine,” went 2× Platinum. High winds collapsed a Sugarland music stage at the Indiana State Fair in August 2011, killing seven and injuring more than 45. Two months later, they held a charity concert for the victims. By November 2011, 44 lawsuits had been filed against the duo and concert organizers. “Bigger” was Sugarland’s first LP since 2012.
Jennifer judged “Duets” on ABC in 2012. “That Girl,” her 2014 solo debut, topped the Top Country Albums list and placed fifth on the “Billboard” 200. “Playing with Fire,” her second solo album, debuted at #2 on the Top Country Albums and #4 on the UK Country Albums charts in 2016. “To Celebrate Christmas” and “Always Like New” followed. She played Aimee-Leigh Gemstone on HBO’s “The Righteous Gemstones” in 2019. Jennifer plays the dead Gemstone matriarch in flashbacks. In January 2022, it was revived for a third season and nominated for Best Cable Series, Comedy by the Hollywood Critics Association.
Jennifer Nettles: Net Worth
Jennifer Nettles has a net worth of $20 million as of 2023. She is an American country music singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Jennifer Nettles is best known for being the lead singer of the band Sugarland, which she formed with Kristian Bush. Since 2019, she has also played Aimee-Leigh Gemstone on the HBO show “The Righteous Gemstones.”
Jennifer Nettles: Personal Life Details
Jennifer married Todd Van Sickle in February 1998 and split up in March 2007. Nettles then married Justin Miller on November 26, 2011; on December 6, 2012, they had a son named Magnus. Jennifer gives money to the Shalom Foundation, whose goal is to “bring healing and hope to poor children in Guatemala by giving them free, life-changing medical and nutritional care” Nettles has held fundraisers for the foundation, given a part of Sugarland’s ticket sales to it, and even visited the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala, which the foundation runs. In 2008, she started the Common Thread concert series, which brought together artists to raise money for causes that were important to them. The American Liver Foundation, Intercultural Family Services, the American Cancer Society, and Honor the Earth all got money from the Common Thread shows. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Jennifer helped record a new version of “We Are the World.” In 2012, she walked the stage in a “Heart Truth Red Dress Collection” fashion show.
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