Jennifer Nettles has made her comeback with “I Can Do Hard Things,” her first solo release in over two years.
The Sugarland vocalist explores womanhood on the reflective track, her tender vocals standing out over a steady guitar melody and muted drum beats. “I look at my baby / I wouldn’t trade him for the world / And I’ve gained joy like I’ve never known / But lost the lightness when I was a girl,” she sings.
Nettles drew inspiration for the song from activist and author Glennon Doyle Melton’s biography, Love Warrior. “I saw that we are resilient. That change is hard and loss is hard and being a mom is hard and living one’s truth is hard,” she wrote in a Medium essay. “That truth became so loud that I had to sing it. I can do hard things.”
Nettles’ last solo output was her 2016 holiday album, To Celebrate Christmas. Last year, she and Kristian Bush reunited as Sugarland to release Bigger, their first album in eight years which included the single “Babe,” featuring Taylor Swift.
Listen to “I Can Do Hard Things” below: