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Nettles signs with Big Machine

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – Jennifer Nettles, who left Universal Nashville earlier this month, announced today that she has signed to Big Machine Records.

Nettles, one-half of Sugarland, will release a new single in October with her second solo album due out in early 2016 release. Nettles also will embark on the headlining Playing With Fire Tour, hitting more than 20 cities starting in October with Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder opening.

The news comes a bit more than three weeks after Nettles told Billboard she was leaving her old label. On July 24, Nettles released the single "Sugar" from a forthcoming release, which she wrote with Brandy Clark and Jessie Jo Dillon.

"I am so thrilled and honored to join the Big Machine family," said Nettles. "They are truly the best in the business. I loved working with Scott years ago, in the beginning of my career, and have been waiting for the right opportunity to get to work with him again. I'm so happy that day has arrived and I look forward to our exciting new adventures to come."

"This is somewhat full-circle as I was at UMG Nashville as SVP/Promo when then-President Luke Lewis presented a disc of 'this new band we've signed - pick a single,'" said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group. "I was floored with Sugarland then, and I'm floored with all things Jennifer now. She's simply one of the best female voices to ever grace country music, and I can't wait for the world to hear her new music. Get. Ready."

Nettles is filming the Dolly Parton television biopic, "Coat of Many Colors," slated to air on NBC on Dec. 10.

Fan pre-sale will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2 followed by a Ticketmaster pre-sale on Thursday, Sept. 3 with tickets on sale to the public beginning Friday, Sept. 4.

Tour dates are:
Oct.23 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Oct.24 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct.25 Melbourne, FL King Center for the Performing Arts
Oct.29 Newark, OH Midland Theatre
Oct.30 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Events Center
Oct.31 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino
Nov. 13 Red Wing, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Nov. 14 Elkhart, IN Lerner Theatre
Nov. 15 Windsor, ON The Colosseum at Caesars
Nov. 20 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Nov. 21 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Nov. 22 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
Nov. 27 Johnson City, NY Magic City Music Hall*
Nov. 28 Salamanca, NY Seneca Allegany Casino
Dec. 3 Dallas, TX House of Blues - Dallas
Dec. 4 Bossier City, LA Horseshoe Bossier City
Dec. 5 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
Dec. 11 Reno, NV Silvery Legacy resort and Casino
Dec. 12 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
Dec. 13 Temecula, CA Penchaga Resort and Casino

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