Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2004, Sugarland broke through that year with the release of their debut single "Baby Girl", the first single from their multi-platinum debut album Twice the Speed of Life. This album produced three more chart singles "Something More", "Just Might (Make Me Believe)", and "Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good)".
Reduced to a duo, Sugarland recorded its second album (2006's Enjoy the Ride), which was certified Multi-Platinum like its predecessor. This album also produced Sugarland's first two Number One hits with "Want To" and "Settlin'", as well as additional Top Ten hits with "Everyday America" and "Stay." Nettles also served as a duet partner in 2006 on Bon Jovi's first country single "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (also a Number One on the country charts), and in 2007 Sugarland received the Country Music Association's Duo of the Year award. "All I Want to Do" was issued in June 2008 as the lead-off to their third studio album, Love on the Inside, and in August 2008 it became their third Billboard Number One. "Already Gone" followed in September of the same year.
Sugarland was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy and performed the song "Something More" at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2006. They also performed at the 2006 CMT Music Awards, where they received multiple nominations including Group/Duo Video of the Year for Just Might (Make Me Believe), Breakthrough Video of the Year for Something More, and Collaborative Video of the Year for Who Says You Can't Go Home. On November 7, 2006, the duo released their second album Enjoy the Ride. It sold 211,000 during its first week and opened at #4 on the US Top 200 and at #2 on the Top Country Albums charts. The first two singles from this album — "Want To" and "Settlin'" — both reached Number One on the country music charts, while "Everyday America" and "Stay" were both Top Ten hits. A limited edition of the CD, sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, was released in late 2007 and included a 5-song Christmas EP. The EP contained one original song - "Little Wood Guitar" - written by Bush and Ellis Paul. USA Today included the song in a list of new Christmas songs released in 2007 "that might have some staying power.
They also appeared on the The Tonight Show, and in the fall they headlined their first concert tour: the Change for Change Tour along with opening acts Little Big Town and Jake Owen. At the 41st CMA Awards, the group won the award for Vocal Duo of the Year.
In February 2008 Nettles and Bush began recording Love on the Inside as a follow up to their Enjoy the Ride album. To follow up the emotional hit "Stay", the duo decided to springboard the new CD with a flirty, summery song, "All I Want to Do". Released on May 19, the song debuted at #27 on the country charts, the highest debut for the duo since 2006. It became their third Number One single in August 2008. The "Deluxe Fan Edition" of Love on the Inside was released on July 22, 2008, with the regular edition released one week later. The fan edition includes the duo's collaboration with Little Big Town and Jake Owen, "Life in a Northern Town." It also introduces four other bonus tracks, including "Fall Into Me," "Operation: Working Vacation," "Wishing," and "Come On Get Higher.
The duo is starting the Love on the Inside Tour on September 13 in Asheville, North Carolina and it will conclude after 25 performances on November 16 in Bossier City, Louisiana. They will be joined by special guests Ashton Shepherd and Kellie Pickler. It will be their second headlining tour.
As a trio, Sugarland self-released three albums that were only available at concerts. By 2004, they had been signed to Mercury Nashville Records, releasing their debut single "Baby Girl" in July. This song, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, was the highest-charting debut single for a country group in thirteen years, and it set a record for the longest country chart run since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan. It was the first of four singles from their major-label debut Twice the Speed of Life, which was certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. This album also produced the singles "Something More", "Just Might (Make Me Believe)", and "Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good)". Hall departed shortly after the third single, reducing Sugarland to a duo.
A second album, Enjoy the Ride, followed in 2006. This album produced Sugarland's first two US Country Number One hits in "Want To" and "Settlin'", as well as the Top Ten hits "Everyday America" and "Stay". Like its predecessor, Enjoy the Ride earned 2× Multi-Platinum RIAA certification. Love on the Inside followed in 2008, producing the Number One hit "All I Want to Do". This was also Sugarland's first Number One album, reaching that position on both Top Country Albums and Billboard 200. Also in mid-2008, Sugarland charted along with Jake Owen and Little Big Town on a live rendition of The Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town", which was recorded at a late 2007 concert. This cover charted in the Top 30 based on unsolicited airplay.
|2005||American Music Awards||Breakthrough Favorite New Artist|
|2006||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top New Vocal Duet/Group|
|2007||CMT Music Awards||Duo Video of the Year – "Want To"|
|2007||Country Music Association Awards||Vocal Duo of the Year|
|2008||CMT Music Awards||Duo Video of the Year – "Stay"|
|2008||Academy of Country Music Awards||Single of the Year – "Stay"|
|2008||Academy of Country Music Awards||Song of the Year – "Stay"|