Jamie Lynn Spears spent her early years in the spotlight. At age 11, she made her acting debut playing a younger version of her sister, Britney Spears, in the movie Crossroads. Showing promise as an actor, she was soon cast as a member of Nickelodeon’s sketch comedy show All That. In 2005, Jamie Lynn landed the starring role in Zoey 101 and also recorded the theme song. A wholesome, talented child star with fame in her blood, it seemed like her career was about to take off.
In 2007, right after the wrap-up of Zoey 101‘s final season, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn dropped a bombshell — she was pregnant. Immediately, the media pronounced her career over, calling her careless and predicting that she would soon become a forgotten has-been. Hurt by the terrible public reaction, and realizing that she needed to grow up fast, Jamie Lynn Spears disappeared from the public eye for years.
After taking time to focus on raising her daughter, Spears moved to Nashville in 2011 and began writing co-writing songs with some of the best in the business. In 2013 she released the single “How Could I Want More” which was emotional, personal and a truly well-crafted country song. After the single was so well-received, Spears followed up with an EP called The Journey in 2014. Spears is currently working on her first full-length country album.
On Sunday, June 26 at 10/9c, TLC will air a one-hour special called Jamie Lynn Spears: When The Lights Go Out. According to Spears, this will be her story like we’ve never heard before. In the special, Jamie Lynn learns that she will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry and prepares for her most career-defining moment yet. She shares the struggle of being away from her daughter, Maddie, and the desire to be seen as more than a child star, someone’s sister, or a teen mom.