Sugarland Channels the ’80s

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Sugarland’s version of the 1985 Dream Academy single “Life In A Northern Town” has them nominated, along with Jake Owen and Little Big Town, for an Academy of Country Music Award, but Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush dusted off another song from ‘85 for inspiration for their new single, “It Happens.”

“Anything ‘80s is alright with me,” Kristian says.

For “It Happens,” the groove harkens back to the one-hit wonder Katrina & The Waves, whose ultra-happy “Walking On Sunshine” is packaged on just about every 1980s hits compilation known to man. Sugarland intended “Happens” as a “Sunshine”-like tonic for negative circumstances.

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