Jennifer Nettles’ admiration for Taylor Swift is strong. The solo artist and one-half of Sugarland recently stopped by People’s office in New York to discuss her new single “I Can Do Hard Things,” as well as “Babe,” Sugarland’s 2018 collaboration with Swift.
“She wrote the song and actually the idea for the treatment was hers as well,” Nettles said of “Babe.” “She’s such a professional. She’s so good at what she does. She’s been doing this since she was, not only a young woman, a young girl. She’s had a lot of time to really hone her craft and she’s so great at what she does. She’s really tapped in.”
Nettles and her Sugarland partner, Kristian Bush, surprised Swift fans during a Reputation Tour stop in Arlington, Texas, and she says the night was a memorable one.
“The tour was huge. I have never heard such screaming. If you want to know what 100,000 girls screaming sound like, I heard it,” she confessed. “I was blown away. Just sonically even, the love that is coming back at you.”
Nettles’ latest single is a powerful one called “I Can Do Hard Things.” She says it was inspired during a particularly difficult time in her life as well as after reading a book titled Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton.
“The reality is that we live in so much gray and we are also made for those hard things just as we are for those joyous things,” she explained. “When I became a mom, the landscape shifted for me. Your whole perspective changes. We’re taught to think if you don’t say that everything about being a mom is good then you don’t love your kid. Those things aren’t mutually exclusive. There are things about being a mom that are extremely hard that have nothing to do with the vastness and endlessness of how I love my child.”
— People (@people) March 26, 2019