Sugarland Reveals How They Got the Song “Babe” From Taylor Swift


Sugarland recently released the details of their upcoming album, Bigger, and one of those details was that they cut a song written by superstar Taylor Swift.

The last time Taylor returned to the country world to write a song, she ended up with a No. 1 hit and a CMA Award. That song was “Better Man,” recorded by Little Big Town.

“Babe,” the only track not written by the duo, also features Taylor on vocals. But how the song got to the duo was unclear. Kristian and Jennifer appeared on E!’s “Pop Daily” and revealed how they came to cut a Taylor Swift song.

“When Sugarland started out, Taylor was actually out on the road with us but she was much younger, she was like 16 or something,” Kristian said. “She bought one of our records before we signed record deal—sometimes you make them by yourself. We’ve known each other since that spot. When she heard that we were coming back, we share the same record label, she was like, ‘hey, would they consider this song.”

“That’s such a very short list for songs that she’s offered, because clearly she’s a fantastic songwriter—how she writes can transcend genre, it doesn’t matter pop, country whatever,” Jennifer added. “But she hasn’t made that offering very much, so we were like, ‘Yeah.'”

It’s just that easy.

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.