Sugarland began as a trio of singer/songwriters from the Atlanta area, each of whom had enjoyed some level of renown as a solo country artist. Lead singer Jennifer Nettles had previously fronted Soul Miner's Daughter, and her gospel background and deep soul approach to country music made her an ideal lead voice in the trio. Songwriter Kristen Hall had already released two solo albums on Windham Hill Records, while Kristian Bush formed half (along with Andrew Hyra) of the critically acclaimed duo Billy Pilgrim, which had also released a pair of albums. The three musicians came together in 2002 and independently released Premium Quality Tunes, an EP of demo recordings (available online or at Sugarland shows), later that year. After building a buzz with their live performances, Sugarland signed with Mercury Records and released a two-song single ("Baby Girl" b/w "Stand Back Up") in early 2004. Twice the Speed of Life, their multi-platinum debut album featuring production by Garth Fundis, was released the same year.
A second full-length record, Enjoy the Ride, appeared in 2006 and proved to be a huge success, garnering attention in both pop and country quarters. Hall, although obviously a gifted songwriter, was credited with only one track on Enjoy the Ride, and her abrupt departure from the group in 2006 -- a move that left Sugarland a duo -- raised a few eyebrows. For 2008's Love on the Inside, the band's remaining members successfully lobbied Mercury to let them co-produce their own album and record in Georgia instead of Music City. The resulting album was the most organic of Sugarland's three records to date, and it spawned three chart-topping singles as a result. In 2009, Sugarland truly became full-fledged superstars. The year yielded them platinum status for Love on the Inside; a prime-time network television special called Live on the Inside (which resulted in a live album of the same name); Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance; and, finally, their first Christmas recording, Gold and Green, which featured new holiday-themed originals as well as more traditional fare. The duo’s fourth studio album, The Incredible Machine, influenced by the so-called “steampunk movement” in science fiction circles, arrived in 2010. Steve Leggett, Rovi
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