Sugarland Talks Taylor Swift Collaboration on ACM Awards Red Carpet: 'It's Fantastic'

Sugarland caught up with Billboard’s Kevan Kenney on the red carpet at 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (Apr. 15) to discuss releasing the duo's first new album in eight years, what they learned during their hiatus and how their upcoming Taylor Swift collaboration happened.

Asked how country music has changed since they released their last album, The Incredible Machine, in 2010, Jennifer Nettles said that the entire genre has both expanded and evolved. “We are accustomed to and have been accustomed to being leaders in the format and we played in the margins, and those margins have expanded to such an extent, it’s just like a super highway,” she says.

Her bandmate Kristian Bush, meanwhile, discussed how he changed as a musician during their hiatus, explaining that he learned how to be more fearless. “Music is a beautiful thing, and the biggest problem I think that I find with myself with it is that I’m scared to actually do it two or three or four or five times in a day,” he said. “Now, I write three songs a day if I have to. I don’t care. It’s wonderful what the digital landscape has changed for creators. We will create all day, all night, and you can hear all of it.”

The pair also chat about “Babe,” the Taylor Swift collaboration that will appear on their forthcoming LP Bigger. “Taylor is a fan and we’ve been a fan of hers,” shared Nettles. “We both started out around similar times and had played some shows together. Of course she was like 15 or 16. When she heard we were getting back together, she was excited and reached out and said, ‘Hey, I have a song, would you please record it?’ And we were like, ‘Yeah!’ So it’s fantastic.”

You can watch the full video interview with Sugarland above.

Academy of Country Music Awards 2018