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Kristian Bush Releases First Solo Single in the United States

Kristian Bush
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Kristian Bush may be on his own right now, since his Sugarland partner, Jennifer Nettles, is pursuing a solo career, but he certainly isn’t sitting at home feeling sorry for himself.

The singer-songwriter is releasing his first solo single, ‘Love or Money,’ in the US on Thursday (Oct. 10), thanks to encouragement from many of his loyal fans.

“Excited, there’s no nervous or anxious about it, I don’t think at all,” he tells Taste of Country. “I’m just excited to get music out. I know that sounds cliche, but it’s absolutely true and kind of the story of my year.”

The song, which Bush wrote with Jeff Cohen and Matthew Thiessen, was previously released in Europe and the UK, after his performance in March at the C2C Country Music Festival in London. It was unavailable in the United States, until now.

“Matt had just moved to town, and I asked him, ‘Did you come here for love, or money?’” Bush recalls. “And then we all kind of looked at each other, and I said, ‘Oh. We’re about to write that song, aren’t we?’ Sometimes that’s all it takes: just one great line.”

The multi-instumentalist is enjoying his freedom from the constraints of being part of a duo, but he admits it makes picking songs for his first solo record a challenge. “When we put out a Sugarland record, we put one out about every two years,” he notes. “And there are about 10 songs that go on that record and Jennifer and I usually write them together, so 10 songs every two years to me, and I’m running about 160 songs a year right now. So there is a great deal of material that is just sitting around.”

He adds, “And when you combine that with kind of an explosion with being back in my life and not just on a bus, it changes what I see in my day and what I feel in my day.”

‘Love or Money’ is now available at iTunes.

Listen to Kristian Bush, ‘Love or Money’

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