2015 Riverfest Headliner - Kristian Bush of SugarLand
Kristian Bush of Sugarland will perform on Friday, Septermber 11, 2015, at 9:30 p.m.!
Kristian Bush, one half of platinum-selling country duo Sugarland, has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. His debut solo album, Southern Gravity, was released in April 2015, featuring the Top 20 single "Trailer Hitch." The album received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, and the Sydney Morning Herald, among many others. Country Weekly called it the "feel-good album of the year." Bush is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who started his career with folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early '90s. He and partner Andrew Hyra 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, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning 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, Laura Bell Bundy, Matt Nathanson, 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, and is featured in the hit mobile game My Singing Monsters, where Bush lends his voice to the green furry "Shugabush." 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.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES 2012 Named Distinguished Alumnus, Avon Old Farms School 2011 CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year - Sugarland 2011 CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year - Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue" 2011 ACM Awards Top Vocal Duo - Sugarland 2010 CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year - Sugarland 2009 CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year - Sugarland 2009 CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year - Sugarland, "All I Want To Do" 2009 ACM Awards Top Vocal Duo - Sugarland 2009 Grammy Awards Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group - Sugarland, "Stay" 2009 Grammy Awards Best Country Song - Sugarland, "Stay" 2008 CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year - Sugarland 2008 CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year - Sugarland, "Stay" 2008 ACM Awards Single of the Year - Sugarland, "Stay" 2007 CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year - Sugarland 2007 CMT Awards Duo Video of the Year - Sugarland, "Want To" 2006 ACM Awards Top New Duo or Vocal Group - Sugarland 2005 American Music Awards Favorite Breakthrough New Artist - Sugarland
The awards for the Pro and Backyard Barbecue Competitions will be announced Saturday night at 5 p.m. in front of the Riverfest stage.