September 12, 1974 (49)
Jennifer Nettles is an American multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Douglas, Georgia, Nettles was raised on a farm, where she developed a deep appreciation for nature and animals. This passion has led her to become a vocal advocate for animal welfare, working closely with various non-profit organizations to promote animal rights and raise awareness about animal cruelty.
Nettles rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the country duo Sugarland, which she formed with Kristian Bush in 2002. The duo released their debut album “Twice the Speed of Life” in 2004, which spawned the hit singles “Baby Girl” and “Something More.” Their follow-up albums, “Enjoy the Ride” and “Love on the Inside,” were equally successful, earning multiple awards and nominations. Nettles’ also gained recognition for her role as the lead in the Broadway production “Chicago.” She portrayed Roxie Hart in the musical, earning rave reviews for her performance and demonstrating her range as a performer.
In addition to her work with Sugarland, Nettles has also pursued a successful solo career, releasing several albums and chart-topping singles. Her debut solo album, “That Girl,” was released in 2014 and showcased Nettles’ versatility as an artist, blending country, pop, and soulful elements.
One of the milestones in Nettles’ career was her performance of “O Holy Night” at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2015. Her stunning rendition of the classic Christmas song earned her critical acclaim and cemented her reputation as one of the most talented and versatile singers of her generation.
Nettles has collaborated with numerous artists throughout her career, including Bon Jovi, John Legend, and Beyoncé. She has also appeared on several television shows, including “Dolly Parton‘s Coat of Many Colors” and “Harriet,” a biopic about the American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman.
In addition to her work in music and acting, Nettles is also an avid philanthropist and humanitarian. She has supported numerous charitable organizations throughout her career, including the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and the Human Rights Campaign.