Sugarland is an American country music duo composed of singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles (lead vocals) and Kristian Bush (background vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar). Sugarland was founded in 2003 by Kristen Hall (who left the group in 2006 to concentrate on her songwriting) and Kristian Bush; Jennifer Nettles was then brought in as lead singer. Prior to the inception of Sugarland, all three members had been members of various folk rock groups. Bush, additionally, was once one-half of the duo Billy Pilgrim, which recorded for Atlantic Records in the 1990s.
Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2004, Sugarland broke through that year with the release of their debut single "Baby Girl", the first single from their multi-platinum debut album Twice the Speed of Life. This album produced three more chart singles for the group in the tracks "Something More", "Just Might (Make Me Believe)", and "Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good)".
After Hall's departure, Sugarland recorded its second album (2006's Enjoy the Ride), which was certified 2× Multi-Platinum like its predecessor. This album also produced Sugarland's first two Number Ones in "Want To" and "Settlin'", as well as additional Top Tens in "Everyday America" and "Stay." In 2006, Nettles served as a duet partner on Bon Jovi's first country single "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (also a Number One on the country charts), while in 2007, Sugarland also received the Country Music Association's Duo of the Year award. "All I Want to Do" was issued in June 2008 as the lead-off to their third studio album, Love on the Inside and in August 2008 it has become their third Number One country hit.
It is entirely fitting that an album so full of love is one that people will soon know by heart. That's the lure of Sugarland, Mercury Nashville's super duo. By reinterpreting love in a raw-but-graceful collection of 12 brand new songs -- called Love On The Inside -- they have cut a wide swath across country music.
Jennifer Nettles says that, as cliché as it sounds, this is the record she's always wanted to make. One that challenged the genre to reach a little. And since music is sacred to Jennifer and her musical partner, Kristian Bush, they wanted to honor the record-making process and really be present this time around. The duo wondered what would be possible if they really gave themselves time on this, their third studio album. The resulting recordings of love have a heartbeat you can detect in the words, the strings, the drums and the vocals.