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Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles talks Barack, Beyonce and 'Sex on Fire'




Country superstar Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of Sugarland, has a killer singing voice, and on the phone, a most sexy Southern drawl. She's from Georgia. And when Nettles says "darling," you can't help but melt a little bit.

Her pipes have made Sugarland one of the most successful country acts of the past decade. The duo consists of Nettles and Kristian Bush, with whom she has penned a slew of No. 1 hits, including this year's country chart-topper It Happens.

Sugarland brings its Love on the Inside tour, with Jake Owen and Matt Nathanson, to the St. Pete Times Forum, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25-$45.

But first, Nettles chatted with Wade Tatangelo about performing for President Barack Obama, collaborating with Beyonce, and their unexpectedly rockin' cover of Kings of Leon's Sex on Fire.

"Different genres have their own traditions from which they spring and country has been kind of slow to let go of their grip," Nettles said. "The song might be the first country song to use the word 'sex' itself, but Loretta Lynn released The Pill (in 1975) — and we all know what that's about. To be able to say it, you just have to be a little rebellious."

For more, check out Wade's interview with Nettles here.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:13pm]


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