Jennifer Hanson

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Jennifer Hanson
Birth name Jennifer Kathleen Hanson
Origin La Habra, California, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Capitol Nashville, Universal South
Associated acts Bucky Covington, Mark Nesler, The Wreckers

Jennifer Kathleen Hanson is an American country music artist,[1] as well as serving as Miss California 1994.[2]

Musical career[edit]

One of Hanson's first appearances was as a backing vocalist on Rhett Akins's 1996 album Somebody New.[3] A year later, she married singer-songwriter Mark Nesler.[1]

Hanson began her own musical career in 2002 with a self-titled debut album being issued on Capitol Records. She co-produced the album with Greg Droman and wrote most of the songs on it. The album produced three hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including the Top 20 hit "Beautiful Goodbye", followed by "This Far Gone" at number 42 and "Half a Heart Tattoo" at number 40. She switched to Universal South Records in 2007, releasing her second studio album (entitled Thankful) in early 2008.[1] It produced the singles "Joyride" and "'73 (Everything Changes)", the former of which also reached number 42 on the country charts.

Hanson has also written singles for other artists, including "Leave the Pieces" for The Wreckers, and "A Different World" for Bucky Covington,[1] a co-write with Nesler, and "Let Me Down Easy" for Billy Currington. She also co-wrote "Country Strong" for Gwyneth Paltrow for the movie of the same name.

She was ranked No. 93 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2005.[4]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat
Jennifer Hanson 20 125 7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2002 "Beautiful Goodbye" 16 76 Jennifer Hanson
2003 "This Far Gone" 42
"Half a Heart Tattoo" 40
2007 "Joyride" 42 Thankful
2008 "'73 (Everything Changes)"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2002 "Beautiful Goodbye" Trey Fanjoy
2003 "This Far Gone"[5]
2007 "Joyride"
2008 "'73 (Everything Changes)" David McClister


  1. ^ a b c d Monger, James Christopher. "Jennifer Hanson biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Miss California History". Miss California. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Somebody New (CD insert). Decca Records. 1996. 11424. 
  4. ^ "". FHM Magazine 100 Sexiest Women 2005. Retrieved November 11, 2006. 
  5. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jennifer Hanson : This Far Gone". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lisa Michelle Duncan
Miss California
Succeeded by
Tiffany Stoker