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In My Words: Jennifer Nettles

June 10, 2012 at 9:23 am , by

My band, Sugarland, is named after . . .
A town in Texas. My bandmate Kristian Bush and I were looking for a name: This one sounded so upbeat. We’ve actually been to the town a couple of times now—we met the mayor and played City Hall.

When we’re on tour we always bring . . .
A yoga teacher and a chef. Not only is it good for morale, it’s good for our health. In the past we used to eat at whatever venue we were playing. We’d consume a lot of meat on a stick.

My new ABC reality show Duets . . .
I’m on it with Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Robin Thicke. We each pick two contestants to sing duets with, then compete against one another. I like that I perform with the contestants—it’s not just about sitting back and judging someone.

Earliest performance memory . . .
Singing with the church choir in my hometown of Douglas, Georgia. Seeing people perform something with all their heart taught me authenticity. When you don’t believe in what you’re singing, people know it.

Guilty pleasure . . .
Piggy Popcorn and Piggy Pecans from the Loveless Cafe in Nashville. Basically it’s popcorn and pecans cooked in bacon renderings so they have this sweet-salty-smoky thing going on … Honey, if you ever want something that’s Southern, that’s Southern.

Philosophy I live by . . .
Be grateful—and be your best self.

Fun Facts…
Nettles calls or emails her mom nearly every day. “She’s my sounding board and my biggest adviser.”

Sugarland donates $1 of every concert ticket they sell to the Shalom Foundation, which helps the poor in Guatemala. “I did humanitarian work there during and after college, so it has a special meaning to me.”

She’s a coffee junkie. “I have a French press, a grinder and a milk frother. I love the smell of coffee, the warmth of it, the whole ritual.”

—Kate Meyers


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