Discover these eight talented actors who have also crossed over to the limelight of country music.
Some people ooze talent and can perform well at anything they put their mind to. These eight talented actors have always had a passion for country music and have found a way to incorporate that love into their life amidst their success on screen.
Although a few have only ventured briefly into the country world, others have developed musical careers that rival the success of their acting careers. Read on to explore which actors have stepped beyond their characters in film and television to pursue the spotlight onstage.
8. Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon along with his brother Michael formed The Bacon Brothers in 1995. They’ve released several albums and continue to find time to frequently tour and gig around the United States. Together for 20 years, they have gained an impressive following and have squashed many initial skeptics.
7. John Corbett
With a very successful acting career through credits on Sex in the City, Tombstone, Raising Helen, and more John Corbett managed to pursue his passion of country music with the release of two albums in 2006 and 2013. His self-titled debut album released in 2006, managed to reach #46 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and he still periodically performs around the U.S.
6. Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panetierre has been in front of the camera since she was 11 years old. She recorded songs for several Disney films between 1999 to 2007, and in 2008 tried her hand at the pop world with lukewarm success. Panetierre has since delved into country music, a venture propelled by her role as Juliette Barnes on the hit television series Nashville.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow
Starring alongside Tim McGraw in the 2010 film Country Strong, Gwenyth Paltrow made her country music debut with the songs “Country Strong,” and “Coming Home.” No stranger to the mic, Paltrow has periodically performed songs in other acting roles but doesn’t seem too interested in adding a music career to her packed acting schedule.
4. Steve Martin
Legendary actor and comedian Steve Martin has gained substantial praise in the bluegrass world with his band the Steep Canyon Rangers. His love of bluegrass music and the banjo began when he was 17. Martin has often used his bluegrass skills in comedy sketches and during his stand-up performances. With two Grammys to his name, including the 2010 ‘Best Bluegrass Album’ for The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo it appears Martin has yet another perfected talent.
3. Kevin Costner
The Dances With Wolves and Bull Durham star was encouraged by his wife to pursue his musical passion in 2007 and has since been actively touring with his band, Kevin Costner & Modern West. With four albums and mild chart response, Costner’s musical career will not likely surpass his acting success but at least he appears to be having fun with it.
2. Jeff Bridges
Technically a musician before he became an actor, Jeff Bridges has always had a passion for music and is a skilled guitarist and pianist. He released his first album in 2000 and has since released a follow-up album produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett, titled Jeff Bridges.
1. Lucy Hale
Known to tweens as Aria Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars, Lucy Hale began her quest for stardom as a contestant on American Juniors in 2003. Following her move to California, she landed a few television roles and eventually secured her current role on Pretty Little Liars. Still eager to pursue music, Hale released Road Between in 2014 and has begun her climb in the music entertainment world.