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Kristian Bush
Kristian Bush
Kristian Bush is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time GRAMMY® Award winner most known for co-founding the record-breaking Country duo Sugarland with Jennifer Nettles.

This year, Kristian is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Sugarland with a co-headining arena tour with Little Big Town and the 34th year of his folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim, which just made its Grand Ole Opry debut. He's set to embark on an international tour in the coming months.

Last summer, Bush drove his striped umbrella in the sand, staking his spot in summertime beach music with his EP "Drink Happy Thoughts."

"(Beach music) is just fascinating," Kristian says. "No matter who I talk to about this kind of stuff, it's the same feeling I got when I would tell people I have a band called Sugarland. They're like,' Oh my God, I love Sugarland. That's you?' When people confess that you're their guilty pleasure, it's such a beautiful feeling. How about we normalize it?"

Since then, Bush has released a series of island versions of his popular songs that marry his signature groovy sound with his reggae influence—and more are on the way.

At the same time, he was working on his own music, Kristian was also busy in the studio producing Megan Moroney, who recently charted her first No. 1 song "Tennessee Orange" and is preparing to release her sophomore album later this summer.

The Sevierville, TN native launched his professional music career in 1994 with the Folk-Rock duo Billy Pilgrim. Within the decade, Kristian formed Sugarland, and the group released debut single "Baby Girl" in 2004. Sugarland went on to chart five No. 1 hits and 12 Top 10 songs. His "Southern Gravity" solo debut in 2015 produced Top 20 hit "Trailer Hitch." Kristian made a foray into television theme songs in 2016 with "Forever Now (Say Yes)," which he penned and performed for TLC's popular show "Say Yes to the Dress." The multi-instrumentalist is also a founding member of Rock Jam band Dark Water alongside his brother Brandon Bush and esteemed guitarist Benji Shanks. In addition, Kristian co-wrote a song for the Atlanta staging of Stephen Schwartz's "Working: A Musical" and has written three musicals. "Troubadour" (2017) and "Darlin' Cory" (2021) opened at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, and "Me Before You."

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