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Jennifer Kathleen Hanson is an American country music artist, as well as serving as Miss California 1994.
One of Hanson's first appearances was as a backing vocalist on Rhett Akins's 1996 album Somebody New. A year later, she married singer-songwriter Mark Nesler.
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. It produced the singles "Joyride" and "'73", 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, 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.