NASHVILLE, TN (March. 10, 2023)– GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Kristian Bush today releases the final installment of his four-album layered release 52-This Year via Big Machine Label Group.
“I thought these songs were going to be orphans because I didn’t use them on the other collections,” Kristian says. “But as it turns out, these songs fit like puzzle pieces in a way that complete the picture of me all the way up until this moment.”
With 52-This Year, the solo artist and Sugarland founder has completed a remarkable four albums within the span of one year—the same number of albums released by the Grammy-Award winning Sugarland to date. Across the 52 songs (one for each year of his life) and especially in the final 14, the multi-faceted singer/songwriter embraces his wisdom and experiences accumulated from decades spent in the music business. While each album brims with the singer’s signature grooves and contagious hope, the 52 experience begins and ends with the strings of loss.
“52’s first volume ATL x BNA begins with two songs about death – and this last volume ends with a New Year’s resolution to spend more time with your people – no matter who they are, including yourself,” Kristian says. “My wish is that listeners will start to connect different songs in different ways as if it was their job to collect these songs into their own individual albums.”
The album title draws its name from the lyrics of the album’s final song, the deeply personal “New Year’s Resolution #7,” which Kristian wrote beside a fireplace on New Year’s Day 2016 while both reflecting and looking to the future.
“I was making a list of the things I wanted to do, what I wanted to change, and what I thought I got right last year that I should keep up,” Kristian says. “It is the truth of me, the closest you will probably ever get to knowing me, so it seems appropriate as the title to this final volume of 52.”
With more than three decades of music industry experience on his back, Kristian continues to assert his individuality, reinvent himself and expand his craft while staying true to himself and leaving his heart on the table…all while keeping his eye on the stretch goal. While juggling his impressive four-album release, Kristian launched and continues to deliver his weekly podcast, 52-The Podcast, that track-by-track explores the connection between his new songs and his past hits, produces his streaming phenom find Megan Moroney, leads his record label/publishing company Songs of the Architect, writes, records and performs with his Rock band Dark Water and his Folk Rock duo Billy Pilgrim and stays engaged with Sugarland’s audience – especially in light of the duo’s impending 20-year anniversary.
“Fans have a true opportunity right now – between technology and timing – to hear a year in the life of a creator,” Kristian says. “I’m filled with gratitude for the support of the people who said yes over the last 30 years. Their timing was so unique that it helped me make my own fingerprint and that fingerprint is so unique that I hope someone sees what I’ve been able to accomplish and create and it gives them permission to know it’s possible.”
52- This Year Track Listing
- “Can’t Fix” | Kristian Bush, Connie Harrington
- “Already Yours” | Kristian Bush, Andy Alberts, Andrew DeRoberts
- “This Is How Love Sounds” | Kristian Bush, Jeff Cohen, Jon Nite
- “The Space Between Us” | Kristian Bush, Benji Shanks
- “If I Could Be” | Kristian Bush, Connie Harrington, Paul Plissey
- “Let It Be Me” | Kristian Bush, Brandon Bush, JT Harding
- “Love and Blue Jeans (feat. Billy Pilgrim)” | Rodney Clawson, Luke Dick, Shane McAnally
- “Going Out of Business” | Kristian Bush, Jeff Trott
- “Victory Lap” | Kristian Bush, Jeff Trott
- “First Glass of Wine” | Kristian Bush, Benji Shanks
- “Longneck with Jesus (feat. Billy Pilgrim)” | Kristian Bush, Marty Dodson, Paul Overstreet
- “What Love Is” | Kristian Bush, Phil Barton, Liz Rose
- “If You Gotta Go Now” | Kristian Bush, Jeff Cohen, Matt Thiessen
- “New Year’s Resolution #7” | Kristian Bush