Singer, songwriter, performer, and actress Jennifer Nettles was raised in South Georgia and cut her teeth on Atlanta’s fertile music scene early in her career. Her regional grounding gave way to her becoming a superstar in the country music scene with Sugarland. At the moment she is focusing on her solo projects. Throughout her career, Nettles has mixed her piercing, personal observations and dynamic vocal style with a wide range of musical forms.
“Every few years, whether one is aware or not, we humans tend to recreate ourselves.”
Soul Miner’s Daughter
In the mid 90’s Jennifer Nettles, while attending Agnes Scott College, met a guitarist from UGA. They formed an acoustic duo & won the open mic shoot out at the renowned club Eddie’s Attic. Shortly after they formed Soul Miner’s Daughter & went on to release 2 full length CDs & performed to sold out crowds in clubs all over the South East. “The Sacred and Profane” and was released in 1996 with “Hallelujah” following in 1998. In 1999 they auditioned for, and won, a slot on the Lilith Fair stage. Nettles’ songwriting helped that band sell 20,000 copies of its two independently-released CDs.
Jennifer Nettles Band
In late 1999 Soul Miner’s Daughter disbanded and a newly reformed version of the group, now called Jennifer Nettles Band, emerged. This allowed her to take more control over her musical destiny and her career trajectory has only gone up from there. She was joined by her longtime musical companions -percussionist Mike Cebulski, bassist Wesley Lupold, pianist Scott Nicholson and drummer Brad Sikes. This new incarnation of the band released 3 full length CDs – “Story Of Your Bones“, “Gravity: Drag Me Down“, & “Rewind“. The latter of which were newly arranged re-recordings of songs from the previous Soul Miner’s Daughter albums, as were currently being performed in concert.
Songs from the first Jennifer Nettles Band albums received placement in such television shows as “Dawson’s Creek”. This time frame also brought many achievements including a grand prize of “The Big Deal $100,000 Music Search” presented by Mars Music stores as well as being named Musician’s Atlas Independent Musician of the Year. Jennifer began appearing on local radio station magazine covers & the band performed one of their last shows together at the hugely successful 99X FM summer concert series “On The Bricks” in Centennial Park in Atlanta. Jennifer recored & released 2 live acoustic albums from her New Years Eve concerts at Eddie’s Attic in 2003 & 2004 with long time producer Scott Patton. The band accumulated a substantial fan base along the East Coast.