Watch Sugarland Perform ‘Babe’ on ‘Kelly and Ryan’
Sugarland performed their song "Babe" for the first time on TV Tuesday (May 8) on Live with Kelly and Ryan. As fans know, this is a very special song for the duo, as it was written by none other than Taylor Swift.
The song's overall story is a bit of a fairytale. Swift co-wrote the tune with Train's Pat Monahan, and personally approached Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush to gauge their interest in the composition.
"She reached out; we have obviously known each other for many years," Nettles told media backstage at the 2018 ACM Awards. "And she was excited we were getting back together and reached out, and said, 'Hey, I have a song.'"
The song is the only one on Sugarland's forthcoming new record, Bigger, that that they didn't write themselves. "We've never really put a song by anybody else on any of our records, so we weren't really used to sorting through that, and we didn't want to mess it up," notes Bush. "So we didn't tell anybody about it, until we got finished."
"I'm so happy that it gets its own life," Swift tells fans of "Babe" via an Instagram video. "I'm so happy that Sugarland wanted to record it, and has done such a great job with it."
Bigger, out June 8, marks Sugarland's sixth studio album, and it's a glorious return, due to the fact their last album was 2010's The Incredible Machine. Bush and Nettles put the duo on hiatus in 2012 and have pursued solo projects since.
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