Jennifer Nettles Previews Her New Rick Rubin Produced Solo Album

(Radio.com) Ever since Jennifer Nettles announced that she was recording her first-ever solo album, anticipation has been building. But this past Monday the Sugarland singer finally previewed five of the songs during a listening session in Nashville.

Nettles attended the session and talked about the songs, and her experience recording them at Shangri-La Studio in Malibu, California with super producer Rick Rubin, who she said was "super-active in the recording."

The Nashville Tennessean described the songs as "minimally produced" and often possessing a "'70s vibe." Nettles' comments echoed that as well. "I wanted this record to breathe and be sparse and not be a wall of sound," she said. "I wanted it to be emotional and raw."

According to the Tennessean, the tracklist includes material co-written by pop artists Butch Walker and Richard Marx as well as country hitmakers Tim Owens (a co-writer on Sugarland's hit "Settlin'") and Derek George.

"I think this album plays to my roots," Nettles said during the preview session. "There's country, gospel, '70s music, singer-songwriter stuff, as well. It has been a joy to get to explore those parts of myself. I'm excited and nervous at the same time all of those things you are when something is important to you." more on this story

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