Jennifer Nettles Releases New Single, ‘Sugar’ [LISTEN]
Jennifer Nettles has released a new song off of her upcoming sophomore solo album, and the new track is perfect summertime sweetness.
The title of the single -- "Sugar" -- may lead fans to think that it's all about being sweet-as-pie when trying to attract the opposite sex, but Nettles sings lyrics that add a good serving of spice to her sugar.
“Mama always told me that it takes a little bit of honey / If you wanna attract yourself a bee," she sings. "But I kinda like it with a little sting / I’m gonna make ’em buzz when they hear me sing / And they’ll swarm around me like I was a queen."
Nettles co-wrote the track with Brandy Clark and Jessie Jo Dillon. Dann Huff produced it -- a change from her Rick Rubin-produced 2014 solo debut, That Girl.
The release date for Nettles' new album hasn't yet been announced, but if "Sugar" is any indication, she is making a return from experimental country to her Sugarland roots.
“And all the boys say / Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme some of that sugar / Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme something sweet," Nettles sings during the chorus. "They want my sugar and spice and everything nice / And they’re begging for a taste of my cherry pie / But I’m never, never, never, never ever gone give ’em a piece."
Nettles and her former Sugarland partner Kristian Bush may be on separate tracks musically at the moment, but despite their success in solo careers, the duo may not be finished making music together.
“It was in the aftermath of 9/11, it was in the aftermath of my mother dying … there was a lot of weird stuff that had gone on that made you want to start something good,” Bush recalls of Sugarland's genesis. “We’re not done doing that. Creatively, I’d be curious to see now what we’re going to make when we hang out together again, because we have so much more life experience.”
"Sugar" is available for download on iTunes.
Listen to Jennifer Nettles, “Sugar”: