Kristen Hall on Why She Left Sugarland

Jenna Vercher | November 17th, 2006

Sugarland It’s already been almost a year since Kristen Hall left her making it big band, Sugarland. The remaining members of Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush released a statement around that time saying that, “Kristen has decided that she wants to stay home and write songs, and we support her in that decision.”

Well almost a year later, here Hall is telling Kansas City Star, “I don’t want to be a touring musician, I love to find unsigned acts and bring them to the level (that) we did. I love that. That, to me, is my passion and what’s fun about this business. We accomplished some great things. I started the band. I named the band. We fought a war to make a brand name – we did it. It’s awesome. I’m totally proud of it and support it. Good for me.”

No one could figure out why at that point in time she would make such a decision, and it’s not even worth discussing some of the rumors that have been thrown out there. But there you have it, simple as that, she just wanted to be a songwriter.

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  1. mike dewees
    March 9, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    shes fat jealous of nettles it is what it is

  2. sugarlandfan06
    March 11, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Excuse me? Did you not read the article above? Kristen wasn’t jealous of Jennifer, she just doesn’t want to be in a band. Yes, she did start the group, but she grew unhappy and wanted to do what she did best. I pretty upset to find out that she left, but only because I am a huge Sugarland fan. I think that Jennifer and Kristian are doing great as a duo, and I KNOW that Kristen will make a name for herself as a songwriter and be JUST FINE!

  3. Josh Lewis
    May 15, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Dang..y’all are harsh. In fact, Kristen wrote the first big song, started the band and did a lot. Who really knows the truth. I think she’s a great songwriter. I also think Nettles is one hell of a singer. It’s hard to be creative with people all the time and not have weirdness come up. My family is creative as hell and we all hate each other.

  4. Blough Mee
    November 18, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Hall looked like she grazed on other band members. She probably didn’t want to be a “touring musician” because after doing it a couple weeks she realized she was in such pathetic physical condition it was probably all she could do to waddle from one tour bus to another without the insides of her thunderthighs getting all chaffed and stuff. Life on the road is tough when you’re in GOOD shape. It’s not a place for Tubby the Tuba. My advice – get thee to Wt. Watchers.

  5. WSpence
    November 30, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Look you have no idea who or what you are talking about. First of all your weight has nothing to do with what kind of person or performer you are. Talent is the key here. I know Hall personally and she is a kind and wonderful human being, and regardless of size she started the band and wrote on most of the music. Take a look at the album jacket. You must be so miserable within your own life that you have nothing better to do but try to find the bad in others? Get a grip and find your talent, maybe this will lead you to fing the good in all…. Peace.

  6. jessica
    December 6, 2007 at 7:03 am

    I love Hall!! Nettles kicked her out because she wants sugar land to be more like the spice girls…

  7. Matt
    December 6, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Anyone spitting venom at Kristen Hall or Sugarland probably are just jealous of their success or hate that a band like this got popular in the first place.

  8. Gene
    December 7, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    she left the band ok what diffrence does it make why she left? does slamming her make all that do feel better about themselves?beside i think shes pretty hot………………and a hell of a song writer…..

  9. Nancy
    January 16, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Ok, I saw Kristen back when she was opening for Indigo Girls, back in the early 90′s. I got to meet her and have her sign her solo album(s). She was an AWESOME songwriter back then, and still is. And if you listen to some of the songs from her early solo stuff, she was struggling with being on the road THEN. Kristen’s an awesome human being. She deserves our respect for taking care of herself in the face of what must have been a difficult choice.

    And for you haters who only see a body when you look at a woman, get a life.

  10. amy canne
    February 12, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I know kristen hall sort of. I think the band had a falling out. A power struggle. Kristen is a very talented song writer on a very limited scale. All of her music sounds the same. After a while you can play her music as light noise because it blends. She is very nice but also has the meanest temper this side of the Missippi. She is also very very narcisistic.

  11. Dude
    March 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I swear, some of you people are more ignorant than can be believed.

  12. KElly
    May 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    HA HA HA! u ppl are too stupid to have a convo. with one another!

  13. May
    May 11, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    People who talk bad about other peoples weight are not happy about themselves. They talk about others to make them feel good.

  14. Misha
    June 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    As a 30 year veteran of the music business, the very first time I saw a Sugarland video, I knew immediately that Kristin would soon be gone. She was somewhat older and – ahem- “not deferential to men” like the other members needed her to be. Further, while no one was talking about it, she had a large solo following that knew well she was an out lesbian. But all of a sudden she developed a “solo career” fetish,and I knew that a huge check was in her mailbox, paying her to go away. I have to say that I love Kristin’s talent far more than anything Sugarland has done.

    I have no doubt that Kristin was too independent to sell the audio Sweet N’ Low that Nashville craves. She doesn’t look “hot” enough or play the dumb redneck game well enough to be believed by the sheep that buy Music Row’s cookie cutter drivel. I don’t care what her sexuality is, she is far better as a solo artist than a member of ” the pre-fab three”.

    Having said that, I don’t buy her explanation as wanting to bring a band from indy to invincible and then stop and start over. I’ve never in my life heard a musician express such a sentiment. Who wants to do all that work and then forego the champagne-and-truffles ? That makes no sense. My guess is that she had to play ball in the media to keep that generous “severance package” from Sugarland.

  15. Kobe Teeth
    July 11, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I know the truth about this situation: Kristen Hall left Sugarland to pursue her true passion: She is a hardcore gamer, which leaves her very little time for musical activities. She started Sugarland with the intent of making a lot of money, so she could retire and play Grand Theft Auto 4.

  16. Bob Hall
    July 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I have always liked Sugarland, but I have to say, the songwriting has been going downhill since Kristen left…come back girl!

  17. Jenifer is hot
    August 8, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I had never heard of her. Googled her “images” and here I am. What a COW. One that humps other cows to boot. And all of you saying looks don’t matter are probably all cows too. MOOOO. Best thing for the group is for that cow to have left the barn.

  18. Just the Facts
    August 22, 2008 at 8:04 am

    I knew Jennifer before she hit it big, I live in Atlanta and her husband was the owner of Eddie’s Attic where many talents get started and come back to play….She didn’t used to have that country accent…no accent at all, and now she sounds like she came straight from the hollar…sometimes musicians and songwriters consider it more than a business and don’t and won’t sellout (Kristen) and sometimes people sell out and become someone they are not in order to sell the music (Jennifer).

  19. leeann
    August 22, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I guess I just assumed that most people who lived in Georgia would have a southern accent.

  20. dan f.
    September 19, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    people … the real reason why she left the band was and is that madonna offered her 2,000,000.00 to write her songs…. that coupled with the fact that kristen was really shy and hated the spotlight on stage…. kristen and jennifer are best of friends… was back stage with both of them at a kenny chesney concert in atlanta…

  21. Jason
    April 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Ok- for starters: that’s the worst excuse I’ve ever heard for leaving a band- and it sounds like total BS- but at the end of the day, she left. The reason behind the decision isn’t as important as the decision itself. OK- now- it is a well known fact that anyone who says “anyone who only values a woman’s body is just a loser”, is not in the best physical shape. Otherwise you’d make fun of the jigglers too. With that said, not a single person on this planet is big by force. YOU choose to look like a pig, so accept the fact that society is going to judge you based on your appearance. Don’t cry about it everytime someone states the obvious. If you were really OK with your figure, you wouldn’t care enough to defend the hogs of the world.

  22. cough cough
    April 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    okay i think i just died laughing people are so mean but it was soooooooo funny. haha love it anyways im not a fan of kristen or whatever sugarland is awesome with out her. plus jennifer is hot :) i cant believe she is making a lawsuit out of leaving the band what a b i t c h

  23. Steve Harvey
    April 21, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Wow, this turned nasty…

  24. stormy
    April 21, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Cough: When you owe people money they generally sue you to get it.

  25. the worst
    April 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Jennifer Nettles is a horrible singer and i can’t stand listening to her on the radio. I have to change the channel every time i hear the first note because it pisses me off that a sucky singer like that is making it big like britney spears… get a clue, people… buy hearing aides or something… and she not pretty at all what the heck you talking about… what a joke… And for your info everyone i know can’t stand her singing and the way she does… horrible

    April 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    You people need to stop being so harsh about Kristen leaving. She made a decision to leave Sugarland and there is nothing wrong with that. Jenn did not kick her out to whoever said she did. To all those people who said Sugarland is horrible and stuff like that, please keep your thoughts to yourself. It doesn’t help in any way.

  27. stormy
    April 23, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    How is saying Sugarland sucks less helpful than saying Sugarland is good.

  28. Amanda
    May 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    krosren can’t stand the thought of being just a backup singer. she thinks just because she’s gay she deserves special treatment. god, i hate democrates.

  29. Amanda
    May 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    i meant kristen

  30. stormy
    May 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    And also, I believe, Democrats.

  31. susan
    June 12, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I always thought Kristen looked so uncomfortable in the videos. Like “What the heck am I doing here?”

  32. Erin
    June 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I was a big fan of all three founding members of Sugarland in the 90s, Kristian and Jennifer with their former bands and Kristen’s solo stuff. It was well known around the Atlanta folk scene that Kristen started as a roadie for the Indigo Girls and although she is a fantastic singer/songwriter she had to be coaxed on stage because of stage fright at the beginning. No doubt she was never comfortable in front of thousands of people; don’t forget she was a small club act until her late 30s/early 40s. For those of you who are dissing her, where are the hit songs you wrote? Oh, that’s right, they don’t exist.

  33. Chris N.
    June 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    You know, the asterisk doesn’t help that much.

  34. Blough Mee
    July 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    HAHAHAHA Yeah… I left a gravy train to “stay home and write songs”. Right.
    Stay home and shove doughnuts into her pie hole maybe

    More like “Hot Jenn Nettles knew that hauling around a fat lesbian cow like me wouldn’t sell country records….” Maybe she can go on the road with KD Lang

  35. Blough Mee
    July 2, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Oh and BTW… There are a million great songwriters in Nashville with 100 million song choices. They all sound the same but who cares when you look HOT. Sugarland didn’t and doesn’t need “Kristen the Cow” to write a song for them. Nobody likes a fat lesbian promoting all that fat no-good Obama lesbian gay marriage stuff instead of good ol’ downhome Amerikan val-uze. Yu know… like “smack yer wife an kids around and then git yer ass down here to the barn….”

  36. Sugarlandfan!
    July 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    you guys are so rude to talk about kristen like that. i think shes a great songwriter and singer but i really dont believe all this shit about jennifer kicking her out because of her weight and her being gay its bullshit. i may not know them personally but i know them well enough to know that she wouldnt do something like that shes too nice. but jennifer is a hell of singer i love there music and well thats all i have to say but keep your own damn thoughts to yourself your not helping anything by calling her names and shit so just do us all a favor and keep your bad comments to yourself

  37. Dottie
    August 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    you people are ugly!! I find it hard that she left on her own…only she knows for sure. I do miss her with the Jen & Kristian…

  38. James
    August 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    You people are retarded.

  39. Rae
    September 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I strongly dislike this girl. She leaves, then the band makes it really big and she gets jealous so she files lawsuit saying since she left the band hasn’t given her profits of their success. What a dumb bitch.

  40. Joy
    October 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    We live in a litigious society, so why is anyone surprised that the “gay lady cast-a-way” would sue in a jealous rage to get money from the band that she hoped would fail without her! They only became better and she cannot stand it. She wants to inflict more pain and jerk the money out of their hands. She needs to put her efforts in WRITING A SONG ABOUT IT! Then she can get even and make her own money!

  41. me _myself_my _opinion
    December 17, 2009 at 3:26 am

    people make choices every day it’s her life let her live it!

  42. Just Me
    January 10, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    To Blough Me: It really shows how much you know about the music business. You say she got off the gravy train by leaving sugarland. However the person that writes the songs usually make 80% of the profits off the royalties of the song. Meaning everytime someone sings it, sells it, or plays it they get paid for it the artist doesn’t get paid for it. the only time the artist gets paid is when they perform it. In case none of that is clear to you. It means the song writers arn’t on the stage but they make just as much if not more money than the artist they write for cause they get paid by everyone.

  43. Carson
    January 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I honestly think she enjoys writing songs and doesnt want the stress of touring.

  44. umess
    May 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I just ran across this while googling about who it was who left the band and why. Some of the remarks are hilarious.

    Sugarland is one fabulous musical group and Jennifer is as good as it gets. No performer I’d rather watch and listen to. Of course, if you don’t have elevated taste like I do, you might have a different opinion. :o)

  45. SAD
    May 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Why are people being so nasty? I am not so sure Jennifer and Kristian would be proud to see fans posting some of this stuff.

  46. MaxerBoy
    June 6, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Sorry ladies, but the music business is huge on looks, and the fat chick looked ridiculous on stage. People don’t want to see a giant dike like Kristen. People found her distracting.
    Double standard – sure…
    I hope she can lose 50lbs or no-one will pay to see her onstage. She can’t tour at 300lbs.
    Also, Nettles’ voice seems to be getting more twangy all the time. I can’t listen to her anymore – I wish she would tone it down back like she was on the Bon Jovi Crossroads show.
    Just reality ladies – NO FAT CHICKS!

  47. sam (sam)
    June 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I don’t agree with everythng Maxerboy says or the way he says it, but, yeah. I don’t find fat women attractive at all and I definitely prefer female pop country stars to be attractive than not. I can tolerate a mediocre song or even a weak voice but I cannot tolerate an obesity.

    At this point give me Whitney Duncan over Trisha Yearwood any day.

  48. Stormy
    June 7, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Yeah, because Whitney Duncan is doing so much better than Trisha Yearwood.

  49. Michelle
    June 7, 2010 at 10:33 am

    At least these two can admit how shallow they really are. It’s funny how most guys I hear, talking smack about how fat a female is, could stand to lose a pound or fifty themselves. There are some, pretty scary looking, thin female artists past and present, too. I’m sure Noeller would agree, but like I said….!

  50. Leeann Ward
    June 7, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Wow, Sam.

  51. Rick
    August 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    She was pushed out. Plain and simple.

    Image is, sad as it may be, pretty much everything these days.

    Plus, let’s not forget about all the “duo” awards and recognition that Jennifer and Kristian have had as a result of her being out of the picture.

  52. WAYNOE
    August 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm


    You said it brother. However, I don’t like them whether it be three or two.


    Sam spoke the current climate. It cannot be refuted. I don’t agree with the way things are, but it is the way of MTV-ladened supposed country music nowadays.

  53. elf
    August 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    In 2006, she said she was happy to leave the band and all was well. 4 years later after the other 2 got managed better and became superstars, she comes back and files suit. either she is a liar or disengenous. I bet she has written some great angry ‘folk songs’ about it, but from my pov she is a b*tch, a whiny one at that!

  54. Jimmy
    September 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    If you truely are a fan for country music then you will stop making fun of her for her weight and will stop bagging on Jennifer Nettles. For God sake’s country music is about the least prejudice as music gets! Take Darius Rucker for example- he is African American and he is up there with the other A-list country artists. I think its terrible that just because she chose to stay home with her family people are calling her a “cow” and making weight jokes. And just so all of you know Nettles had nothing to do with her leaving the band. Just because someone is overweight doesn’t mean that that they can’t be a great country star. Plus, if you hate Kristen then why are you typing in her name and looking up articles on her?

  55. slowdance
    October 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    i love sugarland but until recently didnt even know that their was a 3rd member kindda shocked actually dont see how a 3rd could have made them any better i just cant stand the way jennifer dances but oh well i will get over it

  56. Stormy
    October 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Jimmy: Pop music and college rock stations accepted Hootie long before country did.

  57. Jimmy Rogers
    November 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Who cares what she looks like.She left the band for her own reasons no matter what they are we are not the one in her shoes.If she is following her destiny let her we should be so fortunate.I think she has enormous talent and to b able to hold the reigns of what she wants to do she is awsome

  58. Vickie
    November 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    To the people who posted rude, critical comments ABOUT MS. HALL. How old are you? ADULTS SHOULDN’T BEHAVE THIS WAY….

  59. Broshrek
    November 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Too funny, it never ceases to amaze me how people are shocked by the way people in the country music industry are treating each other. Remember the music business is big $$$$, and most of the so called country superstars of today, well they would have been on the pop charts 20 years ago!!! So you now have different folks in this genre, and money involved, figure it out!

  60. wjma40
    November 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    You know, the fact that Hall quit should have said enough. She quit prior to Sugarland making it big but like most self centered greedy people, now she wants to sue them 3 years after she quit. Pretty cheesy.

  61. Razor X
    November 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    You know, the fact that Hall quit should have said enough. She quit prior to Sugarland making it big but like most self centered greedy people, now she wants to sue them 3 years after she quit. Pretty cheesy.

    Not really. If she was promised something in return for going away quietly as she claims, then she’s entitled to sue if the other parties didn’t hold up their end of the bargain.

    I think they’d be a much better group today if she had remained on board. Their first album was quite good; if they had continued to rely on her as a songwriter maybe we wouldn’t have to be listening to crap like “Stuck Like Glue” today.

  62. Kristi Barber
    November 15, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I’m appalled to here she left the band 100k in debt and expects something in return. In my eyes she owes THEM 1/3 of that bill for bailing before the real work got finished! I will never support the “third wheel” that left.

  63. Paul W Dennis
    November 15, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I suspect that Ms Hall was pressured to leave by the other two members or the label urged the other two to deep six her. There probably was some sort of deal struck.

    I have a friend who commented upon seeing the group for the first time ” A dyke, a dude and a bimbo – Nashville will never go for this in the long run”. My friend is a lot more liberal than I am and I don’t doubt that the label’s marketing people got a lot of similar feedback.

    I thoroughly agree with Razor X, that Sugarland is much poorer for Ms Hall’s absence

  64. Rooster on the Run
    November 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    To all the liars
    I am a liar too
    Too all the cheaters
    Where can I meet you
    When I was jealous
    I wrote this little song
    I read your message
    You know where you belong

  65. sarah'lee
    November 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    you know some of you are vary harsh for someone to judge someone like that and they do not know them is beside themselves i see why all the actors and song writers have it so bad it is because of all you down right mean people ya’ll need to know someone before you call them names and as for me i like everyone un-till they do something to me that i do not like and for anyone to hurt someone’s feelings. do you not know that is mean? so you know what at lest when i judge someone it is how they treat me and by their personality but hey you are your on person but i am sure that you were not raised to be that way and as a woman i am vary much offended by the way i think she looks good not everyone can follow what is in their hart can you

  66. Matt
    November 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    “Take Darius Rucker for example- he is African American and he is up there with the other A-list country artists.”

    Um… African Americans INVENTED country music. Along with rock, gospel, jazz, soul, pop, etc.
    Being black is NEVER a disadvantage in any genre of music.

    Back to Kristen… if she were a stellar live performer, I’m sure her ‘looks’ wouldn’t have mattered so much. Conversely, if you’re cute, you don’t need ANY talent (Taylor Swift, for example).

    That’s why Nashville sucks so hard. Get with the program.

  67. Linda
    November 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Bottom line, for whatever reason, she left and now that she isn’t making it on her own she want her name in print and a big bank account. Check out what she said, “she did not want to be a traving musician, just a songwriter” (her words, not mine). Now that the band is huge, she wants to come back and demand a big payout. you can bet I will never buy anything she puts out, no matter how good she is.

  68. Paul W Dennis
    November 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Linda – you’re too damned naive if you believe everything said in press releases. She may have agreed to say that she did not want to be want to be a traving musician, just a songwriter in exchange for some sort of monetary buyout which was later reneged upon by either the group or the label. It is certainly not unheard of for something like this to occur and I wouldn’t be too quick to judge without knowing all the facts, which at this time, we don’t.

  69. Cutting the Treacle
    November 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Paul W Dennis: “I have a friend who commented upon seeing the group for the first time ” A dyke, a dude and a bimbo – Nashville will never go for this in the long run”.”

    Me: hall is obviously a lesbian – something apparent to me the first time i saw her and something i’m sure everyone in nashville knew. the interesting thing is no one seemed to care. i never saw any uproar when she appeared on the cma’s. as for the general public, well they voted and sugarland (with hall) had 4 top 20 hits. i’ve tried to find some public statement by hall that her sexual orientation had something to do with her exit, but i haven’t found it yet.

  70. AB
    November 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    She is such a joke. Wants all the fame and money that Sugarland has found, but, she hasn’t wanted to do any of the work to earn it. Since she’s looking for a free ride, why doesn’t she hit up the government for food stamps and welfare checks and unemployment? Get off your fatass lady and work if you want to make millions.

  71. Razor X
    November 15, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    She is such a joke. Wants all the fame and money that Sugarland has found, but, she hasn’t wanted to do any of the work to earn it. Since she’s looking for a free ride, why doesn’t she hit up the government for food stamps and welfare checks and unemployment? Get off your fatass lady and work if you want to make millions.

    It was her idea to form the band in the first place; it would not exist without her. Put yourself in her position for a moment. Say you decided to form a group and actually put one together and managed to get a major label deal and had some substantial commercial success right out of the box. And then imagine that one day your bandmates told you one day that they didn’t need or want you around anymore and they offered to pay you off if you went away quietly. And then suppose they went on to even greater success and you never saw a penny of the money you were promised. Would you not seek some redress?

    As Paul pointed out, none of us knows what actually transpired. I’m not saying that Hall is necessarily in the right, but I imagine that some sort of a deal must have been struck, because otherwise she wouldn’t have a case — and I can’t imagine that she’d even pursue a lawsuit if she didn’t have some grounds.

  72. Scooter
    November 16, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I think they could use her help again. I don’t like the direction the band has taken since she left. I know they’ve been successful, but they lost me long ago.

  73. Marie
    November 16, 2010 at 2:45 am

    I doubt that hall was kicked out. She was miserable out on the road (this was obvious). This was probably effecting the mood of her bandmates as well. She was also not very comfortable in front of crowds either (also obvious during live performances). The reason she sued is most likely because they never reached any kind of agreement with her leaving. it was mentioned in one of the articles that they never made her sign anything when leaving they just thought they would never work together again, which is dumb especially in the music business. This should have been dealt with right when she left and not 5 years later. The reason that she got any money at all from this is prob because her name was still on the Sugarland trademark but she def would have never gotten the full 14 mil she was asking for.
    We will probably never know for sure though since they settled out of court.

  74. Vicki
    November 16, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Scooter: Exactly! The only Sugarland CD I’ve liked is the first one.

  75. Lewis
    November 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Yeah, Sugarland is a lot poorer and richer on account of Kristen Hall’s absence. Richer on account that they have made a lot of money out of being a fake duo and if the CMA performance last week is of any indication they had to put on a sorry performance with Jennifer dressed like a ballerina/Vegas stripper and Kristian Bush wearing a white Willie Wonka hat and white suit and poorer on account they have to stoop so low in doing so.

  76. Kathleen
    November 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    People…here’s the deal. Kristen wouldn’t have won in court if she didn’t have a leg to stand on. Obviously she didn’t get what was promised to her. And hush money, is hush money – she’ll never tell what really happened bc. she probably can’t (gag order).

    The bottom line is, that Country Music doesn’t like Gay People. Look what happend to Ty Herndon in the 90s (he was found with a guy and his career in Country Music was over just when he was the hottest guy on the scene). And then we all know what happened to kd lang – she’s talked about it alot – country music didn’t want an open lesbian in the industry. And now Kristen was openly gay and suddenly the band she was in HIT IT BIG. They had to cut her loose and she deserves to be paid for their discrimmination.

    I’m a Sugarland fan but I’d love to know how much Jennifer and Christian had to do with getting rid of her bc. then I may not be a fan anymore.

    March 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I’m a musician from Georgia. I’ve played at Eddie’s Attic many times with the parties involved. Kristian’s rock band used to open for my band. One of my former band members plays with Sugarland. Another of my former bandmates is in Sugarland’s opening act, etc. etc… IOW – I think I know what I am talking about.
    First of all – my experience with all of these people has been nothing but pleasant. Some are friends – some are aquaitances – but they all have been decent to me. We all have character flaws and nobody is perfect, but Kristin Hall is a talented and good person and Jennifer is not a ‘ bimbo ‘. Yes, Nashville is totally full of shit and is just out to make a buck , but I do not believe that the record company kicked Kristin out for being gay or being fat. it IS, however, just EXACTLY like something that they would do. But can you blame Nashvegas for that attitude ? I mean, look at some of these posts: doesnt matter if Jennifer can sing or not as long as she is “hot” ? Doesn’t matter if Kristin writes great songs or not cuz she is gay and overweight which makes her automatically suck? Nashville is just responding by giving the DUMB MASSES what they want.
    I myself have quit several bands that “made it” because I was not happy with where it was going. No right or wrong here – just different people like different things. ” Making it ” is subjective. I know rock stars who are miserable but have brothers and sisters that are struggling money wise, but are far happier than the famous siblings are. So who really ” made it ” in those cases ? Sometimes you just want to go in a different direction from the people you’ve been playing with. Sometimes doing music you like in a comfortable environment is more important than making alot of money. Both parties should be applauded here. Kristin for following her heart, and Kristian and Jennifer for busting their butts and having good business sense.

    I wish them ALL good luck.

  78. Jackie
    April 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I don’t know if it’s true that she left Sugarland to write songs, but I don’t find that so unbelievable. She is considerably older than the other members and she wouldn’t be the first performer who slowed down their work after/during their forties. Not to mention, in all of the music videos that I’ve seen, she does not look as if she enjoys being in front of a camera. Perhaps she’s simply self-conscious (possibly due to do idiots who are intent on judging only her physical appearance and making no mention of her singing/songwriting abilities. I generally don’t have a problem with larger people, unless they are massively obese- that’s just disgusting and somewhat alarming- or unless they wear clothing that is clearly not meant for them. Kristin does not fit either of these categories and she is also a good songwriter). If she IS self-conscious, than her decision to leave the group makes complete sense. Any self-conscious person would be completely miserable in a successful band on the road. They would always be on stage, in a video, or having their photos taken by the media. Certainly not the ideal life for a shyer woman.

  79. tim
    May 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I love Kristen Hall , have for 15-20 years.I’m an old fart musician wannbe, never made it anywhere in music.she is an incredable songwriter, singer and musician and that is all that matters to me.

  80. Kenny
    May 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I can respect the “fairy tale” that Kristian is attempting to pass off on why she left the group but please pardon me while I say; “bullshit!” Look, I have been a professional “touring” musician for 20 years and (trust me) NO ONE works that hard and gets to THAT LEVEL of SUCCESS in the music business only to all of sudden say “uh, know what? I’ve changed my mind, I think I want to just forget all this and just stay home and write songs… so I quit!” Who in their right mind does that? Sorry but it just doesn’t happen that way folks.

    Now, I don’t profess to know “why” she left the group and it’s none of mine (or anyone else’s business) …but I can guarantee you; it WAS NOT so that she could concentrate on her songwriting! She could have stayed in the group and still had plenty of time to write songs. If you think I’m wrong, then where are all of her songs? Have you heard any? I haven’t.

    Trust me folks, you just don’t walk away from that kind of money so you can stay home and write songs that no one’s every heard of! Again, bullshit!

  81. Trina
    September 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    If you can’t say something nice don’t say it at all!! There is a lot of talent in all three of them and their families! Be considerate everyone is different. Money and Fame are nothing if you are not doing what you Love. I think everyone should stop speculating and support the fact that they made their own dissensions and that it’s non of our business. I have a very talented Husband who is a song writer and musician and a son who is a musician and videographer! They are a breed all their own!! Show the Love a Support!! :o)

  82. Linda
    September 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I just came to this blog post so pardon the late reply.

    Jackie said, “….If she IS self-conscious, than her decision to leave the group makes complete sense. Any self-conscious person would be completely miserable in a successful band on the road. They would always be on stage, in a video, or having their photos taken by the media. Certainly not the ideal life for a shyer woman.”

    I totally agree. I saw her videos and she looked very self-conscious in front of the camera. I don’t blame her if she was truly self-conscious, especially about her weight knowing that if she stayed with Sugarland she would be under an enormous microscope with millions of people looking at her on stage, on TV, in videos. Not to mention people have pointed out the quotes by her that all suggest that she was unhappy on the road and being around people. I sure hope she’s a lot more content now that she’s away from the spotlight and living a quiet life.

    I really believe she wanted to become famous, hence forming Sugarland, but once she did achieve that fame, she realized it wasn’t as great as she imagined. Her reason for leaving is fine by me. After all, how would she know the fame wouldn’t suit her if she never tried? I think she’s an introvert who wanted to be famous.

  83. Leah
    February 16, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I’ve known Kristen for almost twenty years. She is an amazing song writer, strong lyricist, and not cut out for out of the box Nashville pop-schlock. Sugarland is pathetic, and they ain’t writing’ their own songs. I applaud Kristen for getting out of that toxic, plastic environment.

    Oh, and all the size comments. . . She’s not fat, she just wears baggy clothes. Those who would assume she was self conscious about her weight, just saw her hating video. Her new music is rocking hard. . . And at least her sows won’t trash fairgrounds and kill “fans.”

  84. Tracy
    March 31, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Kristen is a self confident, successful song writer,that believes “we are all sum total of our choices”. Elected to embrace what she is passionate about, what she excels at, writing music. In addition, I was a friend at the time that she put the Sugarland band together. It was Emily of the Indigo Girls 40th birthday at Eddie’s Attic where she told me she was going to name the band Sugarland. I was not so sure about the name, but she had interviewed a musician from Sugarland TX and that is how she created the name. Too sweet for me, but it did grow on me.

    She wrote the first album, produce and practice in her home in Stone Mountain, create the image and the sounds that put this band on the main page. Kristen knew that Jennifer and Christian rocked, but individually they were not reaching their true potential. Kristen felt that with the three amigos as a team they had what it took to go to the top. She believed and created this magic as the team captain. I was there and experienced the creation since I was Kristen’s real estate agent and knew her as a friend since I knew nothing of her her musical abilities at the time. Ironically the same applied to Emily Saliers when I first interviewed to be her agent which was the referral source of how I worked with Kristen. Love you Emily for connecting me with this amazing woman that I am so fond of.

    My best guess is that they did not place any value on her song writing skills and did not want to compensate her for her songs that made them. I have no knowledge to confirm this, but I do know that Kristen Hall is a great song writer. Jennifer is beautiful and I would be intimated by her voice and beauty, but Kristen can hold her own with her abilities and I feel that she is missed. In addition, I think she is beautiful, soulful, and has a drive that is unsurpassed by most.

  85. Ken
    June 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

    well folks, a coupla points yall mightve missed(since i didnt read ever dang 1 of the posts) #1. pressure from the label as to “whats sells” #2. pressure from the bands promoter/agent, backing up what the labels says(because the label is the cash cow)the label promotes the band, publicity on tv, radio, print, etc. all things being equal in the music bizz(which means) “Whomever controls the cash, controls the band” wanted Kristen out of the band, as being the odd person, which didnt fit into country musics “pc” pattern as such.(which is blatant BS on Nashvilles part)and the label offered her a cash deal if she left quietly, and which, btw, im a-thinkin the label reneged on, as she later sued for $14 million. as for the Lady’s looks…. all you hater peeps can go blow a goat, im a grown ass hetero male, and i think shes gorgeous, and extremely talented, or she wouldnt have done what she did with her music.

  86. Timmy Tommy
    June 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I don’t care. Sugarland is yesterday’s news and so is Kristen Hall, Jennifer Nettles and that guy that they have. They haven’t had a hit in a while.

  87. jerry
    October 26, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I think she is saying what she may have been paid to say. I’ve been in and around Nashville my whole life and I’ve seen how prejudiced it can be – example – K.D. Lang. When she came out, Nashville turned it’s back on her. Another example – the Dixie Chicks, they made one simple opinion and boom, the backs turned again. I think what happened here was the label was looking for an image and since Jennifer and Kristian were straight and skinny, it didn’t mix well with Kristen. Because they say “image is everything”, I think Mercury wanted her out because they felt since she didn’t match the other two that the tickets and cd’s wouldn’t sell, all because she was different. Mercury knew Sugarland was getting to be big, I think they felt they could be bigger if they got rid of Kristen. Which I think is sad. Music is about the voice and playing, not about the looks. But that’s how stereotypical life can be. I wish someone would get behind Kristen and make it as a solo artist, and the one person who has had success in this field is Scott Borchetta. He should take time out from “Taylor Says” and focus on someone else, like Kristen. Because she’s a talent that being ignored.


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