Kristen Hall

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Kristen Hall
Born (1962-10-24) October 24, 1962 (age 58)
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresFolk rock, country
InstrumentsVocals, acoustic guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsMercury Nashville (with Sugarland)
Associated actsKristian Bush
Jennifer Nettles
Courtney Jaye

Kristen Hall (born October 24, 1962) is an American folk rock singer-songwriter and a founding member of the country music group Sugarland. She had a solo career and released several albums, formed the country band Sugarland, and more recently has been involved in songwriting collaborations with Courtney Jaye.[1]

Association with Sugarland[edit]

Hall formed Sugarland in 2002 with Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, and was co-writer of many of the group's early hits. Hall left the group in December 2005[2][3] after the band's debut album Twice the Speed of Life. Nettles and Bush released a statement that "Kristen has decided that she wants to stay home and write songs, and we support her in that decision." It has been speculated, however, that Hall was pressured into departing the group for image reasons, or that she was paid to leave.[4]

In July 2008, Hall filed a lawsuit for $14 million against Nettles and Bush in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta.[3] She claimed "I started the band, I named the band," and that she bankrolled much of the group's debut album on her credit cards.[2] The remaining band members countered that it was $100,000 in debt at her exit.[3][2] The case was settled in November 2010.[3] Specifics of the case have never been released publicly.

Personal life[edit]

Hall identifies as lesbian.[5][6]


Solo career[edit]

  • Real Life Stuff (1990)
  • Kristen Hall Band Bootleg (1991)
  • Fact & Fiction (1992)
  • " Vocals on Doubting Thomas "Blue Angel" (1993)
  • Be Careful What You Wish For (1994)
  • Vocals on Doubting Thomas "Two" (1995)
  • Thumbprint (1996)
  • California Made Music (1999)
  • Live at Eddie's Attic (2000)
  • Kristen Hall August 2000 Demos (2001)
  • Katy The Wonder Cub (2008)



  1. ^ Addison, Daryl. "GAC Album Review: Courtney Jaye's Love and Forgiveness". Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Morris, Meagan (November 15, 2010). "Sugarland's $14 million Lawsuit". Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Bluestein, Greg (November 14, 2010). "Sugarland members settle founder's $14M lawsuit". San Diego Tribune. Associated Press.
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy. "Remember when Sugarland was a Trio?". Taste of Country.
  5. ^ "Lesbian cofounder settles lawsuit with Sugarland | Project Q Atlanta". Project Q Atlanta. November 16, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  6. ^ Caramanica, Jon (May 5, 2010). "Chely Wright Comes Out, Testing Nashville's Tolerance - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved February 25, 2021.