BOTH CONTRIBUTED SONGS FOR PBS SHOW AMERICAN ANTHEMS
Jennifer Nettles and Lindsay Ell are thrilled to be considered for the “Best Song Written for Visual Media” category for their musical contributions to the PBS series, American Anthems. The six-episode music-driven documentary series features the original song “Life Is Sweet” written by GRAMMY® winning Jennifer Nettles and award-winning songwriter Bill Sherman. CMA and ACM-nominated singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell contributed the original track “Let The Words Come Out” which she wrote with GRAMMY® award winning singer-songwriter, producer, and one half of the country music duo Sugarland, Kristian Bush. Please support Jennifer and Lindsay for their songs “Life Is Sweet” and “Let The Words Come Out” when considering your vote for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”
Each episode of American Anthems follows a different featured country star as they meet a local hero and learn about the transformative experience that inspired their commitment to making a positive change in their community. Then, working with a celebrated songwriter — including Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, and Bill Sherman — the country star secretly turns the hero’s story of kindness, hard work and perseverance into an epic original song. At the end of the episode, the hero is surprised with a once-in-a-lifetime performance of the powerful anthem by the artist while surrounded by family and friends.
Jennifer Nettles & Bill Sherman “Life Is Sweet” – The episode that features the Jennifer Nettles and Bill Sherman song “Life Is Sweet” is centered around Seth Grumet who was diagnosed with cancer. Surrounded by an impenetrable network of family and friends who helped at every step of his journey, it was during this experience that Seth learned just how rare it is to have a community of support. As a result he started an organization called STOMP The Monster™ to provide the kind of support system he relied on so heavily to those who were not as fortunate to have the same. After spending an emotional day with Seth, GRAMMY® winner Jennifer Nettles drew out the incredible acts of kindness and hope from his story to write a song in Seth’s honor with award-winning composer Bill Sherman. Performing the soaring anthem about Seth’s life in front of his family and friends, Jennifer left a surprised audience without a dry eye in the house. Listen to “Life Is Sweet” on Spotify HERE. Watch the Jennifer Nettles episode of American Anthems HERE.
Lindsay Ell & Kristian Bush “Let the Words Come Out” – The episode that features the Lindsay Ell and Kristian Bush song “Let the Words Come Out” is centered around Greta McClain, a former police detective in the sexual assault division who survived a horrible sexual assault of her own. While dealing with the self-imposed shame, Greta began talking with other survivors on social media and decided to start Silent No Longer, an organization that provides support for survivors of sexual abuse. Country star Lindsay Ell, also a survivor of sexual assault, instantly bonds with Greta as they engage in a day of creative therapy. After learning about Greta’s service to her community, Lindsay and her close friend, singer/songwriter Kristian Bush of Sugarland, craft an electric country rock anthem for Greta to use as the fight song in her mission of caring. Listen to “Let The Words Come Out” on Spotify HERE. Watch the Lindsay Ell episode of American Anthems HERE.