April 14, 2015


Listen to Christina Aguilera Sing Country as Her 'Nashville' Character

Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images
Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images

This week, Christina Aguilera tries her hand at television acting as a new character on Nashville. She'll take on the role of Jade St. John, a famous pop star who wants to get into the country biz and shake Nashville up a little bit; a reverse Taylor Swift experience, if you will. The Voice diva has recorded two songs for her recurring role and the first, "The Real Thing," has surfaced.

While she's not singing with steel guitars or about her pickup truck, Xtina does a nice job of embracing the twangy-rock production. It's got the same bombastic, brash belts the star is known for, but there's a bit more smokiness in her voice than pop fans might expect. Even after taking a few months with her new daughter Summer Rain, Christina's voice is sounding stronger than ever, easily the highlight of this kinda generic track. (We really can't hold the song's quality against our girl, though—we weren't expecting a country masterpiece from a primetime drama.)

Country and acting are both somewhat familiar areas for Xtina. Fans will remember she teamed up with her Voice costar Blake Shelton for her first foray into country-pop on the Lotus cut "Just a Fool" in 2012. And she starred in the 2010 musical Burlesque alongside Cher, Stanley Tucci and Kristen Bell. Both "Just a Fool" and Burlesque performed decently (the former hit No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the latter grossed $90 million worldwide), but they were far from career-defining moments. Will mixing the two earn Xtina some new fans?

Look out for Christina Aguilera's Nashville debut on Wednesday, April 15, and peep a clip of her upcoming role over at ABC.