Kristian Bush, one half of platinum-selling country duo Sugarland, has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. His debut solo album, Southern Gravity, was released in April 2015, featuring the Top 20 single “trailer hitch.” The album received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, and the Sydney Morning Herald, among many others. Country Weekly called it the “feelgood album of the year.
Kristian is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who started his career with folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early ’90s. He and partner Andrew Hyra released a much-lauded pair of albums for AtlanticRecords (their 1994 self-titled debut and 1995’s Bloom), earning multiple Top 5 singles on the AAA charts, rotation on VH1, and a reputation as dynamic live performers who traveled from the tiny stage of Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia, to a worldwide tour supporting Melissa Etheridge in 1995.
Kristian founded Sugarland in 2002; in 2004, he and singer Jennifer Nettles exploded onto the music scene, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning numerous awards, including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. In October of 2012, they were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
To date, Kristian has won six BMI Awards for his songwriting abilities, and in 2011 founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect. He made his solo debut in2013 at the inaugural C2C: Country to Country Festival, held at the O2 Arena in London. His first release as a solo act, “Love or Money,” debuted in the UK and Europe the following week. The song is now featured in the hit mobile game My Singing Monsters, where Bush lends his voice to the green furry “Shugabush.”
“In 2016, Kristian wrote and performed “Forever Now (Say Yes),” the theme song for the hit TLC reality seriesSay Yes To The Dress. And in 2017, his songs anchored the world-premiere musical troubadour, which he co-wrote with acclaimed playwright Janece Shaffer. The musical debuted at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, starring Radney Foster and Zach Seabaugh, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Kristian’s songs”magnificent,” with a “power that cannot be discounted.”
Kristian teamed with BBR Music Group labelmate Lindsay Ell to produce her debut album, The Project, debuting #1 on Billboard’s country album charts. The Project was named Billboard Magazine’s #1 Critic’s Choice Country Album for 2017 andproducedLindsay’s’ first #1 song Criminal (*Mediabase Canada).
At the 51st CMA Award in November of 2017, Sugarland surprised the county music world, by reuniting after a five-year hiatus, to present the Vocal Duo of the Year Award. Halfway through 2018, Sugarland released their sixth studio album BIGGER, which included the hit Babe, written by Pat Monahan and Taylor Swift. Babe became one of the Top 75 Most Played Songs of 2018.
Kristian sits on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of RecordingArts and Sciences, a frequent performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and regularly appears as part of the CMA Songwriters Series in cities around the world. He also teamed up with Bob Harris of BBC2 to provide coverage of CMA’s annual Music Fest. On top of staying busy with producing, performing, and writing, he has a podcast out via BobbyBones’ iHeart Media’s Nashville Podcast Network called Geeking Outand co-wrote the musical Troubadour which became Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre’s biggest ticket seller for 2017.
KRISTIAN BUSH RELEASES SPECIAL EDITION OF CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
SOUTHERN GRAVITY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
RE-ISSUE CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WITH SEVEN BRAND NEW SONGS
“With elements of Zac Brown Band’s laid-back beachiness – and its southern instrumentals – Southern Gravity rests more on smart hooks, sure-fire summer anthems and the singer’s clean, dynamic rasp with hints of Steve Earle’s nasal rock than big trends.”
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SOUTHERN GRAVITY (THE COMPLETE COLLECTION):
APRIL 24, 2020 – For the last few decades, audiences have been amazed by the different facets of music veteran Kristian Bush. He kicked things off in the folk duo Billy Pilgrim with Andrew Hyra, then took the country music scene by storm as half of the multi-platinum selling country duo Sugarland with Jennifer Nettles and most recently joined the rock trio Dark Water along with brother Brandon Bush and Benji Shanks. Five years ago this month, Kristian also debuted music as a solo artist with his critically-acclaimed album Southern Gravity featuring the hit single “Trailer Hitch.”
Today, Kristian shares a special edition re-issue, Southern Gravity (The Complete Collection), packed with seven brand new tracks that showcase his signature style seamlessly blending elements of classic rock, southern country and a touch of soul, delivered with masterful musicianship and songwriting. The new tracks sing of American pride and family ties, mixed with melodies of love and loss.
Kristian shares, “this album was a great leap forward for me in many ways. Audiences and listeners who might not have been exposed to my work in Billy Pilgrim were not familiar with my voice until this album. To make the album I first had to discover what I wanted to say if I was going to open my mouth and sing, so I wrote over 300 songs to find the answer. I discovered that not only did audiences and fans find their way to embracing my sound and my message, but that radio stations around the country lofted me to the top 20 on my first try. To say it felt validating is an understatement. Now I am pleased to release the album 5 years later with the complete track listing. These songs are such a big part of the collection, in the way I use my voice, in the messages that they send, and in the way they complete the picture I was feverishly drawing and falling into while making this album. I am excited that these are being released and forever grateful for this album beginning a conversation from me to you. I will release more solo albums because of this one. I hope you enjoy.”
As a two-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, playwright, symphony composer and more, Kristian has entertained audiences worldwide, even speaking with TEDx and developing his own podcast. With Southern Gravity (The Complete Collection) Kristian gives fans just what they want… more great music. It’s the perfect combination for long-time fans and collectors alike; here just in time for the summer season.
For more information on Kristian Bush, visit his website kristianbush.com and be sure to connect with him on social media for new updates.
Southern Gravity (The Complete Collection)
1. Make Another Memory
2. Light Me Up
3. Trailer Hitch
4. Southern Gravity
5. Flip Flops
6. Giving It Up
7. Feeling Fine California
8. Waiting On An Angel
9. Walk Tall
10. Sending You A Sunset
11. Sweet Love
12. House On A Beach
13. American Window *
14. So Smooth *
15. Burning Flowers *
16. My Heart *
17. Falling Remix *
18. Fire And Ice *
19. American Dreamers *
* New tracks