Sugarland Signs With Big Machine Records

Sugarland is preparing for the next chapter of their career with the announcement of a brand new record deal. The…


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December 17, 2019


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Sugarland is preparing for the next chapter of their career with the announcement of a brand new record deal.

The Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning duo has officially signed with Big Machine Records, the duo and the label announced Tuesday (Dec. 17).

Sugarland was previously signed to a joint venture with Big Machine/Universal Music Nashville for the release of their 2018 album, Bigger. As they look toward the next chapter of their career, Big Machine Records is now the duo’s exclusive label home.

“I am so proud to continue my association with Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Records,” Nettles shared in a statement. “Scott has been there for Sugarland since our very first release, ‘Baby Girl,’ and continues to be our biggest champion when it comes to our records. We are so excited about all that’s ahead!”

“Sugarland has always been a band with a mission to spread our message as far as we can into every corner of the world and I can imagine no better partner or bigger machine than Scott Borchetta and BMLG,” added Bush.

“The music that Jennifer and Kristian make and perform together is nothing short of magical and I’m honored that they now call Big Machine Records their exclusive home,” said Borchetta.

Big Machine Records is also home to Carly Pearce, Midland, Reba and more.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.