In Your Hands: Albany, NY June 14

Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Albany, Albany, Albany --- WHAT a time we had last night! It's always fun when the crowd gets so into it, and boy were each and everyone of you! The Sugarpit was rocking from the moment you all walked in with your neon "In Your Hands" themed outfits and crazy number of signs. Our band seemed to get the memo that people were dressing up for this show because they were all sporting their finest ties. Only the best for you, Albany!

Nicole Dorey, 15, was one of the first brave souls to grace the stage with us. We brought her on stage during "Everyday America" while her friends and family screamed and cheered her on from the crowd. When the show was over, Nicole was taken backstage for a surprise interview with Kristian – how awesome is that?! Nicole and friends told Kristian that, "they have the best memories from the show and they will last a lifetime!" After all, isn't that what this In Your Hands tour is about?

The outrageous and intricate signs were one of the most memorable parts of the show. Some honorable mentions included a feather and winged sign that flew when Kristian grabbed hold of it, and a laminated peace sign that Jennifer pointed out specifically. "Who made this sign? You have to be  a teacher?! What do you teach?" she screamed out to the crowd. Turns out the sign was actually made by a third grade teacher. Later on the two shared a moment that only Jennifer can have with a single audience member in a packed theatre.

Another special moment in the night was brought to you by Sugarland but created by the audience. During the song "Tonight" the audience swayed back and forth together embracing the meaning behind the melody. It was moments like this that will make last night unforgettable for everyone!

Our "Sing with Sugarland" winner from radio station WGNA, Courtney O'Dell, may have been a newbie when it came to singing with Sugarland, but she's no stranger to the Times Union Stage! Courtney sang in the arena in the past, but never to a crowd this rambunctious and large. However, that didn't keep the smile from her face beginning to end during their rendition of "Baby Girl"!

This particular song kept another smiling as well. Earlier in the night Jennifer mentioned a written sign that told the story of a woman adopting her own baby girl from Africa TOMORROW. She found the woman in the crowd and asked her the name and age of the soon-to-be adopted girl. The mother responded that her name was Grace and she was 6 months and several days old. When "Baby Girl" started up, Jennifer dedicated the song to her and the precious new baby! The crowd, of course, beamed with happiness.

Jennifer ended the spectacular night by sincerely turning to the crowd and saying, "We appreciate you guys and will always remember you, will you remember us?" then wrapped up the show with "Sugarland" as the encore.

Thank you again, Albany! We hope to be back one day! We will remember you, will you remember us?



Photo Credit: Valarie Allyn Bienas
  1. Dan from Danbury avatar

    On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM, Dan from Danbury said:

    I was lucky enough to meet Sugarland a few times in the mid 90s at BBs lounge in Danbury Conn. I talked to Jennifer a few times and you could feel the presence of something powerful and extraordinary. She told me about some of her songs and that she wanted to be a country singer... I told her that I hope her dreams came true .... Yes Sugarland dreams do come true... I finally made it to their concert at the Times union Center in Albany NY after wanting to see them for years. The words to describe the concert are powerful and extraordinary. Glad I was able to see you guys perform and it was more than just great. I remember you and always will. Do you remember me? Wishfull thinking... Also just heard you are a Mommy to be!!!! You will be a great Mom,congratulations. God bless both of you. See you again down the road : ) .

  2. DFS avatar

    On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM, DFS said:

    Congrats on mother to be and surgery was successful!!!

  3. Robyn avatar

    On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM, Robyn said:

    you both never seize to amaze, this tour is awesome and a great thing to do for the fans... how can you not love these two people, if I'm lucky I'll get one more show this year... crossing my fingers!

  4. mak avatar

    On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM, mak said:

    WOW!!!! All Sugarland concerts are amazing, fun, unforgettable experiences - I had my own greatest ever, once in a lifetime concert on 4/19/12 when I got to go on stage and Jennifer called my Baby Girl :), but Albany sounds like a truly amazing, awesome night for everyone there! Just reading the blog - you can feel the excitement and thrill of being there. Wish I could have been there - nothing like a Sugarland party!!!! Have to miss Sugarland when they come to OKC (sad face, sad face, sad face), but REALLY hoping I can make it to Vegas.

  5. Bethany avatar

    On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 3:41 AM, Bethany said:

    Wow. this was such an incredible, unforgettable night. I left here with many more memories of Sugarland. I have seen you guys perform twice before, and this was by far the best one yet. In fact, the best concert I have ever been to. Jennifer you are incredibly talented, and Kristian you rock that guitar like no one else! Ill never forget that awesome rap, Jennifer! Keep pouring your hearts and souls into performing and making more breathtaking music for all of us fans to keep enjoying! :)

  6. A Mill 0113 avatar

    On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM, A Mill 0113 said:

    This was such an awesome performance, right from the very beginning! It is so cool to be able to see how much fun everyone has on stage, and I had a huge smile plastered on my face the whole time. Sugarland was, of course, phenomenal and really interacted with the crowd to make each song unique and fun. Thank you so much for such an amazing and priceless experience :) I can't wait until the next show!

  7. Johnfromsoutherncalifornia avatar

    On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM, Johnfromsoutherncalifornia said:

    The band members of Sugarland are professional musicians.Professionals wear ties most of the time.Wearing a tie does not make you a professional.You can be professional and not wear a tie.(That's me...a professional fan of Sugarland!)I guess the band members just wanted to get dressed up!(for a change!)Please note they are musicians and cannot help themselves.We (the fans) understand and it is okay!!!WHAT IS THIS TOUR ALL ABOUT?For me,it is all about LOVE!Love is giving and giving is love.The band gives to us every time they perform.Sugarland loves their fans.Would Sugarland exist if they did not have any fans?Probably not therefore they need us(the fans) to love them!We love them by listening to their music.We love them by buying a ticket to their shows!(Which are incredible!)We sing and dance for them.We make signs requesting songs because we love the music and the people who play it.They are outstanding individuals who together make up a amazing band!The fans love Sugarland!There is a exchange and interaction going on here among the people and it is magnificent!It is unforgettable.Audience participation with the band is the key to continued success for everyone.This tour is genius.Other artists better take note if you know what I mean!Of course Sugarland is always on the leading edge of everything good so pay attention out there!We are all in this together!!! Are we not?It sounds to me(no pun intended)like this tour is getting PERSONAL.This is a good thing for everyone!All of us need " a personal touch" to feed our soul for it's hunger for love.When relationships get personal they become real and that is what matters.Sugarland has gotten personal with us which leads to a real relationship of love.When Jennifer sings "YOU ARE LOVED" I believe her because it is true!When someone adopts a child from Africa named GRACE,that is real and that is love(giving)The word grace means unmerited favor.(Appropriate don't you think!?)Grace is blessed!Jennifer is touching us each week on the TV show Duets with great performances and great emotion.She has cried more than once and that is real and straight from her heart!Thank you are loved by me.Is that personal enough for you? I hope so because it is true!Is it possible to love God and my wife and kids and Jennifer and Kristian all at the same time?Absolutely because I choose to do so!LOVE is giving...a active verb in the present tense.There is no limit on the amount of love there can be in the universe.LOVE dies when you stop giving......why would you want to do that?The universe needs more love not less.Please choose know what to do!Jennifer said"Will you remember us?" she kidding?How could anyone forget the best band they have ever heard!!! This is not possible.Sugarland is unforgettable and will always be remembered by everyone that has seen and or heard them.I am listening to them with intent!Here is a thought straight from my heart to Sugarland!Imagine me singing "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan to you with all of my heart,soul,mind and strength!I am doing it right now!!!......LOVE....John

  8. rrevelle avatar

    On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM, rrevelle said:

    I wish I had this setlist!!!!!!!!!!!!! Any way they can sign it and mail it to me??????!!!!!! I can dream........ and Dreams Come True in Sugarland right?!

  9. rrevelle avatar

    On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM, rrevelle said:

    I am THRILLED that my name is next to It Happens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish Jennifer would have said my name, but it just made my night to see this!!!!!!! I was the one holding up the green Pic Me sign all night in the pit!!!!!!!!!! Finally got one during the encore! A night I will never forget! Can't wait for the next tour to come to NY! Thank you Sugarland and Jess too. She was so friendly and nice. Love her!

  10. Sweetpeach avatar

    On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 8:47 PM, Sweetpeach said:

    These shows keep getting better.

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