The Franklin Theatre Songwriters Series: Kristian Bush


Franklin Theatre Thu, Aug 31 7:30 PM
Doors Open:1 Hour Before Show
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Doors Open:1 Hour Before Show


Kristian Bush is a multi-PLATINUM-selling, two-time GRAMMY® Award winner most known for co-founding the record-breaking Country duo Sugarland with Jennifer Nettles. He recently released his summer EP “Drink Happy Thoughts” and his four-album collection, “52,” in honor of his 52nd birthday. “52” came out within the span of one year and across the 52 songs (one for each year of his life in), the multi-faceted singer/songwriter embraced the wisdom and experiences he accumulated from decades spent in the music business.

“Drink Happy Thoughts” was born from Kristian’s love of all things beach.

“(Beach music) is just fascinating,” Kristian says. “No matter who I talk to about this kind of stuff, it's the same feeling I got when I would tell people I have a band called Sugarland. They're like, ’Oh my God, I love Sugarland. That's you?’ When people confess that you're their guilty pleasure, it’s such a beautiful feeling. How about we normalize it? Beach music is one of my favorite things.”

At the same time, he was working on his own music, Kristian was also busy in the studio producing Megan Moroney, who recently charted her first No. 1 song “Tennessee Orange.”


The Sevierville, TN native launched his professional music career in 1994 with the Folk-Rock duo Billy Pilgrim. Within the decade, Kristian formed Sugarland, and the group released debut single "Baby Girl" in 2004. Sugarland went on to chart five No. 1 hits and 12 Top 10 songs. His “Southern Gravity” solo debut in 2015 produced Top 20 hit "Trailer Hitch." Kristian made a foray into television theme songs in 2016 with "Forever Now (Say Yes)," which he penned and performed for TLC's popular show "Say Yes to the Dress." The multi-instrumentalist is also a founding member of Rock Jam band Dark Water alongside his brother Brandon Bush and esteemed guitarist Benji Shanks. In addition, Kristian co-wrote a song for the Atlanta staging of Stephen Schwartz's "Working: A Musical" and has written three musicals. "Troubadour" (2017) and "Darlin' Cory" (2021) opened at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, and "Me Before You.”