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Jennifer Nettles Redbook interview reveals singer's sweet cravings

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Jennifer Nettles Redbook interview reveals singer's sweet cravings

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Feb 4, 2014

Jennifer Nettles looks remarkably fit on the cover of the March issue of Redbook, and although the mom of 14-month-old son Magnus is now embarking on a successful career as a solo act, it seems appropriate that she came to prominence in a duo called Sugarland.

The 39-year-old singer reveals in the magazine that she occasionally indulges in a "chocolate bar with a giant glob of peanut butter," (which fans saw firsthand on her Instagram page last summer) adding, "I have a sweet tooth the size of Connecticut." But as she expounds on the subject, it seems that Jennifer's sweet tooth is more than just a once-in-a-while craving. "It's a problem," she confesses. "I think about it all the time. If only popcorn was what I wanted! I do love a good salt-and-vinegar chip, but I like to follow it with a brownie!"

Jennifer adds that perfectionism is a challenge for her, causing her to be "super-critical of myself in so many ways: about body image constantly; about parenting; about being a mother. For me, that's still my most important job, ever, and I don't want to mess it up. And yet, there's no perfect way to do it!"

She has found the perfect way to release a solo album, however. "That Girl," Jennifer's first post-Sugarland project without duo partner Kristian Bush, topped the country album chart and also debuted at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Yet, the release did leave her feeling vulnerable.

"You hope your fans have evolved with you and that the music will gain new fans too," she notes. "You do your best, but you never know. The warm and positive response to this album has been simultaneously inspiring, motivating, and a relief. Now I want to get out there and give the fans a beautiful and intimate performance of these songs live on tour."

Jennifer's That Girl tour will be in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 14. See more of her tour dates here. The March issue of Redbook will be on newsstands Feb. 11.

Stephen L. Betts

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Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.