NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Expect to see a lot more of Jamie Lynn Spears this summer, but not in her former role as an actress. She's putting out new music, getting radio play and introducing herself to country music fans all over the country.
Spears, making an appearance at this week's CMA Music Fest in Nashville, understands why some people might be a little puzzled — the little sister of one of the world's biggest pop star's singing country? But Spears says once people get a chance to listen to her, they understand it.
"It gives me more of a reason to prove that I love what I am doing and make them believe in me," Spears said.
The former teen star of "Zoey 101" has been working behind the scenes in Nashville learning the craft of songwriting. She's already got a music video and put out an EP called "The Journey" on iTunes with five new songs.
Even without a record label, her EP debuted at No. 193 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week and came in at No. 24 on the Country Albums chart. She's increasingly doing more live performances, including this week's festival and the Taste of Country festival later in June in New York State. Festivals like the CMA Fest are critical starting points for new artists trying to break out on the smaller stages and grab the attention of both music industry folks and fans alike.
Spears left acting after announcing that she was pregnant at the age of 16, but now 23, a mom and recently married, she says she knows singing is her passion.
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