I've always admired Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles--both for her effortless laid-back style and the also seemingly effortless impression she gives that she's always having a great time. Her whole attitude just screams healthy and down-to-earth--a rare commodity in her line of work.
It turns out I'm not the only one who's noticed this. Self Magazine recently spoke to Nettles (as part of a series of interviews with artists on the Lilith Fair 2010 tour, which Sugarland was part of) and got some of the singer/songwriter's brand of positive outlook to share with fans.
In terms of staying sane when facing the public eye a good deal of her time, Nettles takes a simple approach: "I try to keep the mayor of Crazy Town at bay, if you will," she says. "I love to eat and enjoy a glass of wine as much as the next gal, and I live my life so I don't feel slaved to what it is that I do for a living."
Nettles balances her love of food with regular exercise, saying that yoga is her workout of choice. "It helps me not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well." She also enjoys circuit training, switching up weight and cardio sessions because "I get bored really easily."
Her preferred workout music? I bet you can't guess this one! Nettles tells Self she likes to run to '80s alternative gods the Cure (yeah! My favorite band back in my high-school days! Go, Jennifer!). "It's happy stuff, even though they were so Goth and dour," she explains. "You know, Robert Smith had his beautiful eyeliner and there was a levity to what they did, but it's so fun."
Nettles' final tip for a balanced lifestyle? "I stay away from the scale. I'm not a freak about it anyway, but it helps me stay in a healthy zone because I don't always trust my eyes in the mirror."
The singer strives instead to tap internally rather than externally into her feelings about herself. "I try to think, How do I feel about how I look? Which, when you're on television and in paparazzi pictures a good bit of the time, can be a challenge," she admits.
Jennifer, I admire you more than ever now--you seem like such a real person, with your head on straighter than many artists. I can't help but wonder now, however, just which Cure song is your favorite to hit the treadmill to?
Oh, and aside from that little question, I'm really looking forward to the release of Sugarland's fourth album, The Incredible Machine, which will hit streets on October 19. How 'bout you guys?
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