Nashville star Connie Britton has been performing for as long as anyone can remember. While many of her film and TV credits prior to her country role didn’t revolve around music, she got her start training in musical theater.
Growing up Britton’s mom was a music teacher, and together they would practice her singing which would eventually lead her to the stage. However, after a few years performing off-broadway in college, she decided to pursue acting over singing and went to Hollywood.
Years went by and Britton added many notable performances to her resume including Friday Night Lights and Spin City, until eventually she was cast as Rayna Jaymes on Nashville. Without knowing her singing capabilities, series creator Callie Khouri was set on casting Britton for the role.
“She’s a woman that other women really relate to, and I felt that was exactly the right way to go with this character,” she explained to EW on her casting choice.
Britton was more than happy to accept the country music star role. Her only hesitation was that she hadn’t done any singing performances since she started her career in the 90’s.
"Honestly I was really excited because I used to sing and dance when I first started out, but I hadn't done it in a lot of years. I mean, I hadn't done it in a long time. So when this came along I just thought, this is an exciting opportunity and so amazing to play a country star. I was excited about the challenge to get back in my singing voice and all of that,” she said on the Rachael Ray show about approaching the part of Rayna Jaymes.
Eager to take on the challenges of vocal training, she still needs some encouragement to hone her singing talent.
"They have taken me from where I was so terrified that the first time I recorded, they had to give me whiskey. I don't even like whiskey! I was like, 'hand it over.' And now I really, genuinely have a blast."
Nashville fans are happy Britton took on this challenge. With 5 of her original songs from the series hitting the top 50 country music charts, the work paid of.
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