Friday, April 9, 2021
– Jennifer Nettles will release her fourth solo disc, "Always Like New," on June 25 on Concord Records.
Nettles, one-half of Sugarland, describes the disc on her website as a "genre defying new album" of American Songbook classics from Broadway.
Nettles teamed up with GRAMMY and Tony Award-winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, best known for his work on "Hamilton," "Dear Evan Hansen" and "In the Heights," to reimagine, arrange and produce.
"As a child who grew up in musical theatre, this album feels like a homecoming to me," said Nettles, who was on Broadway in the lead role in "Chicago." "I savored every note of singing and arranging these songs with Alex Lacamoire. It is thrilling to be able to celebrate this amazing songwriting with arrangements and vocals that allow them to be rediscovered anew."
The album, executive produced by Adam Zotovich (Dear Evan Hansen, The Color Purple, An American in Paris), spans classics from "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" ("Oklahoma") and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" ("My Fair Lady") to contemporary favorites including "You Will Be Found" ("Dear Evan Hansen"), "Wait for It" ("Hamilton") and "It All Fades Away" featuring Brandi Carlile ("The Bridges of Madison County").
The first single is "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat" a jazzy up-tempo version of the "Guys and Dolls" classic.
"Great songs take life with great singers. On occasion these songs can soar to places unimaginable in the voice of an inspired interpreter," said Concord's Paul Kremen. "Jennifer Nettles proves to be this kind of otherworldly vocalist, not once, but repeatedly on her selections from the American Songbook. Woven into each of these recordings are demonstrable emotional stimuli....the resulting sympathetic vibrations of one's heartstrings might prove the salve our times appear to demand of us."