No conversation about underrated country artists is ever complete without talking about the American country music singer and songwriter – Jennifer Nettles. The musician is best known for being the lead vocalist in Sugarland – an American country music duo which was founded in 2002 and also includes Kristian Bush.
Before joining Sugarland, she was a member of ‘Soul Miner’s Daughter’ and the ‘Jennifer Nettles Band’, which was an Atlanta-based band which she fronted. Jennifer has also had her music make it on the charts, most notably when she performed as a duet partner on the country version of Bon Jovi’s song – Who Says You Can’t Go Home. The song made it to number one on the Billboard Country Charts.
Bio & Age of Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Odessa Nettles was born on the 12th of September, 1974 in Douglas, a small town in Georgia, where she was also raised. She attended Coffee High School, a public high school located in Douglas, Georgia.
Jennifer attended the Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, where she studied Sociology and Anthropology, graduating in 1997.
Career & Early Beginnings
Jennifer Nettles got her start by performing at her Southern Baptist Church, her school assemblies and also at the community theatre. She was also a member of a performing arts group, the Georgia 4-H’s Clovers & Company, from 1986 to 1993.
While in college, she met Cory Jones, a student at the University of Georgia and together they formed ‘Soul Miner’s Daughter’. The duo released two albums: Hallelujah in 1998 and The Sacred and Profane in 1996. Both albums featured songs which were written collaboratively by both artists.
In 1999, the band was invited to perform at the Atlanta instalment of Lilith Fair, a travelling music festival, and a concert tour. That same year, Jennifer formed the Jennifer Nettles Band. The band included Brad Sikes, Wesley Lupold, Mike Cebulki and Scott Nicholson, and together they released two live albums and three studio albums.
They also participated in Mars Music’s “The Big Deal $100,000 Music Search” and emerged as the prize winners out of over 2,000 bands.
In 2003, she joined the band, Sugarland which comprised of Kristian Bush and Kristen Hall. In 2006, Kristen Hall left the band, leaving Jennifer and Kristian to perform as a duo. In 2006, the band was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best New Artist category.
In 2008, they were nominated for three categories for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards and ended up winning for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Country Song.
The rest, as they say, is history, seeing that Sugarland has gone on to become a critically acclaimed and respected country music band in the country.
Husband & Personal Life
Jennifer Nettles’ first marriage was to Todd Van Sickle in 1998. The two almost lasted for a decade together but they ultimately got divorced in 2007. Shortly after, she got into a relationship with Justin Miller, and after two years together, the two got married on the 26th of November, 2011 in a sunset ceremony in East Tennessee on a Blackberry farm.
On the 18th of June 2012, Jennifer and Justin announced that they were expecting their first child together. Their son, Magnus, was then born on the 6th of December, 2012.
Jennifer Nettles’ Height And Body Measurements
Jennifer Nettles is has a notably slim frame. Her height is listed as 5 ft 4 in while her weight is 51 kg (112.5 lbs) which explains her petite stature. Her other body measurements are 35-24-36 inches, her dress size is 6 (US) or 36 (EU), her bra size is 34A and her shoe size is 8 (US).
The musician works out often to maintain her figure. Her preferred go-to work out is yoga which is great for toning up the body. She also goes to the gym frequently and does circuit training – which involves core workout, weight training, and treadmill.
Jennifer Nettles has an impressive net worth of $20 million. The amount is certainly well deserved considering she has been performing since 1996. The singer is hard working and has been relentless when it came to achieving success. She is undeniably one of the hardest working singers in the country music industry and she has put in the effort to create a career she is proud of. With several well-performing albums and charting songs, it is safe to say she serves every single penny of her total net worth.