Jennifer Nettles Speaks Out on Fan Backlash

Posted by Kasey Bell on 08/04/2009

Jennifer Nettles was already upset when she had to cancel performances with Sugarland partner Kristian Bush after doctors ordered her to rest her strained vocal cords. To make matters worse, many fans criticized Nettles for canceling the shows, accusing her of not caring about the fans, reported
"I am never surprised as to the capacity of human beings to be wildly compassionate and loving -- nor completely and totally disrespectful and idiotic," Nettles said. "I understand people get disappointed and they love us and they love what we do. And they love what we do so much that they wish we were robots and could do it every second of every day and never have a cold or anything like that."
The vocal problems flared up during recording sessions, causing the cancellations. Scheduled tour partner Kenny Chesney also stood up to defend the singer after the public outcry.
"It was really sad to see the way some people reacted to Jennifer needing to cancel her appearance in San Francisco," he said. "We should all be concerned about her long-term vocal health than any single show she may not be able to do."