Kristian Bush, one half of platinum-selling country duo Sugarland, has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. A Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Bush is currently working with longtime producer Byron Gallimore on his first solo album, to be released via Streamsound Records. The lead single from the highly anticipated project, "Trailer Hitch," will hit country radio nationwide July 28, and is currently available for preorder on iTunes. Fans can find him on the road with his 2014 Put Your Soul In It Tour, backed by a talented five-piece band of musicians from both Atlanta and Nashville.
Solo work is just the latest chapter in the impressive career Bush has enjoyed, beginning in the early '90s when teamed with fellow singer-songwriter Andrew Hyra to form folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim. They released a much-lauded pair of albums for Atlantic Records (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.
Bush founded Sugarland in 2002; in 2004, he and singer Jennifer Nettles exploded onto the music scene. They have surpassed sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieved five No. 1 singles and won 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, Bush has won six BMI Awards for his songwriting abilities, and in 2011 founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect. Recent producing/songwriting collaborations include Mike Elizondo, Rita Wilson, Dia Frampton, Ellis Paul, the dB’s, Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, and up-and-comers including Kristina Train, Larkin Poe, Natalie Stovall, Canaan Smith, Jaida Dreyer, Alana Springsteen, and The Voice contestant Savannah Berry.
Bush made his solo debut in March 2013 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, and in October of 2013, he stood by his promise to release “Love or Money” at home in the US as well – the song is now available worldwide via iTunes and anywhere digital music is sold.
He is a frequent panelist and speaker at events for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and regularly appears as part of the CMA Songwriters Series in cities across the U.S. and Europe. Bush is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, where he still resides.