NEW YORK (AP) - Country music star Jennifer Nettles finds herself in an unusual place for an artist with a twang - Broadway. And she credits her 2-year-old son for getting her there.

NEW YORK (AP) Country music star Jennifer Nettles finds herself in an unusual place for an artist with a twang Broadway. And she credits her 2-year-old son for getting her there.

Says the singer-songwriter: "Having a child allowed me to explore in a different way. It gave me different confidences."

Nettles makes her Broadway debut Monday night in the musical "Chicago" as Roxie Hart, fulfilling a childhood dream. Born and raised in Douglas, Georgia, she did community theater after being enchanted by musicals during a visit to New York to see "A Chorus Line."

Nettles says she's making her debut to challenge and excite herself, but she's also doing it for her little guy, Magnus. She says: "I hope that he can be fearless and pursue his passions that way, too."