After transitioning from television to music, Jamie Lynn Spears is showing what she can do for country music.
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The transition from teen TV star to adult musician is tricky enoughâ€”but try adding the last name Spears into the mix.
Jamie Lynn Spears, the younger sister of Britney Spears, made her acting debut in her big sisterâ€™s 2002 feature film Crossroads, and was well received on the Nickelodeon series All That and Zoey 101. Jamie Lynn Spearsâ€™ budding career hit a roadblock in late 2007, when she revealed, at the age of 16, that she was pregnant with her then-boyfriend Casey Aldridgeâ€™s child.
The revelation ignited a considerable controversy, and effectively derailed her ambitions.
The tabloid frenzy that drove Jamie Lynn Spears out of the spotlight and into Nashville might just have been a blessing in disguise.
But, like a silver lining in a storm cloud, the tabloid frenzy that drove Spears out of the spotlight and into Nashville might just have been a blessing in disguise.
(Or, perhaps the Spears family just attracts undesirable press: The day of our interview, Spears was still fending off queries regardingâ€”and her representative was requesting no questions aboutâ€”a December 2014 incident involving the brandishing of a large knife inside a Louisiana Pita Pit.)
The now 24-year-old Spears began her songwriting career about seven years ago, which culminated with the 2014 release of her aptly titled debut EP, The Journey.
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Now, Spearsâ€™ journey continues, as she joins the growing ranks of female country artists taking a distinct point of view and wrapping it in a radio-ready package.
Rather than backhand the bottom-feeding media scorning herâ€”as Britney did so memorably on 2007â€™sÂ Blackoutâ€”Jamie Lynn wittily spins past troubles into slick, banjo-laced country-pop: The Journeyâ€™s opening track features the startling line â€œA little pink plus and there wasnâ€™t no guessing/Weâ€™re gonna have us a shotgun wedding.â€
Even a cursory spin of The Journey, produced by Corey Crowder, illustrates how serious Spears is about making musicâ€”on her own terms, and out from under the shadow of her famous surname.
Whether that vulnerability remains is an open questionâ€”Spears says sheâ€™s working on new musicâ€”but whatever transitions lie ahead for Jamie Lynn Spears, sheâ€™s approaching them one step at a time.
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