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NASHVILLE and Former GH Star Jonathan Jackson Signs Record Deal!

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Fantastic news today from Jonathan Jackson via Billboard!  After many years as an independent recording artist, Jackson has landed his first record deal with Loud and Proud Records!

According to Billboard, for the star of ABC’s Nashville and five-time Daytime Emmy winner for General Hospital, the signing comes as a breath of fresh air for Jackson, finally breaking into music as a signed artist, rather than doing all the work independently!

“It felt like the perfect timing for everything,” he says of the record deal. “The last decade, really, I’ve had an amazing time just working really hard developing a sound and continuing to write songs and play everything. So I’m really grateful for the time that we’ve been doing things independently, but at the same time it feels great to have this happen.”  Working on a TV show like  Nashville, which features vocals from its cast members (as well as the occasional songwriting credit, too), is a fairly effective way for musicians to get their names out there, whether the program takes off in a big way — see: “Glee” — or not. As such, Jackson figured right off the bat the show would at least gain his music more exposure — though he didn’t necessarily see a record deal on the horizon immediately.

“Being a part of a show like Nashville, [with] the music side of it, I knew from the very beginning that it was extremely important and that they were obviously putting a lot into it,” Jackson says. “It was pretty easy to see that at the least, I would get more exposure as a singer. For years, I’ve thought about a project or a way where I could do acting and music together, and I never really thought that would happen. Then Nashville came along, and it was like a dream come true to marry both of those worlds.

“At the same time, the last however many years of my life, I’ve started to get to the place of not having expectations about how things are supposed to turn out and really just try to live day to day. So I haven’t thought about the specifics much, but I knew the exposure was there.”

The deal with Loud & Proud puts Jackson in a direct relationship with label head Tom Lipsky, who told Billboard he’s incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with the actor and his band, recounting their first meeting. “It was a combination of his music and how charismatic he was,” Lipsky says. “His band did a private showcase for my team — about a 45-minute set — and I came away thinking [Jackson] was an absolute, unequivocal rock star.”   A timetable for an initial release has not been set, though Jackson, like most of his ilk, says he’s been recording and demoing music for quite awhile, with the record deal giving those sessions a “concentrated vision.”

Congratulations are in order today to Jonathan!  The world will soon hear his exceptional musical talents with the help of a label now supporting him!  What do you think of the news? Let us know!

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Beth
Beth

Congratulations…………Looks like the record industry has realized what us GH fans have known for years……Jonathan Jackson is not only a fabulous actor, but is also an outstanding musician. Once again, congratulations….

Jeff
Jeff

Good for him! GH should seriously grab him back from Nashville!

heidi
heidi

Congratulations Jonthan!!! It’s well deserved and you will be awesome!!! So happy for Jomathan and his band and their families!!! Thank you Nashville/ABC for hiring JJ and affording him the opportunities for his musical talents to shine!!! At some point in your busy career we would still love to have you stop back at GH for awhile!

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

So very happy for Jonathan Jackson. He deserves the best. Have followed his career since the early days of Lucky on GH. Congrats to Jonathan

CarolB
CarolB

So happy for Jonathan, he has a beautiful voice and talent for singing and writing. I do miss him as Lucky on General Hospital. Congratulations to one of my favorite stars of “Nashville”.

mo
mo

Good luck. Love the song he collaborated with Steve Burton on.

Deb
Deb

That is wonderful… I am so happy for Jonathan!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Hope it works for him. Low-key and not well known labels seem to have become more popular in recent years, so hope this works for him. Never been a big fan of his, though!

Jana
Jana

Just glad he’s not coming back 😉

Matthew
Matthew

Why? You don’t like having anyone as talented as Jonathan Jackson or as multi-layered as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital?

Joshua
Joshua

Or who could cry from the start of the episode to the end ….

Matthew
Matthew

Yeah. Exactly. Excuse me if the number one reason I’ve never gotten into another soap besides GH is because the actors are laughable when they attempt to cry because they shed no tears. If you have an actor that can rip the audience’s heart out because they can actually…well ‘ACT’, that’s something you want to take advantage of.

MissyLady
MissyLady

Yes! I hope JJ NEVER returns to GH since I hate Lucky Spencer with the passion of 1,000 suns!

Matthew
Matthew

Your crazy. Jonathan Jackson and his portrayal of Lucky Spencer on General Hospital was epic and iconic on every level! He is sorely missed and his absence in Port Charles leaves a void that we can only pray will be filled if/when he returns to the show one day.

MissyLady
MissyLady

Please. JJ’s return was a dud. Lucky spent most of his time crying or staring at a pill on the floor. I hope the actor stays in primetime and never returns to GH!

Joshua
Joshua

Agree, MissLady.

Matthew
Matthew

Apparently Jonathan Jackson just has me and two consecutive Emmy Awards that beg to differ with you and Joshua about his latest ‘dud’ of a stint on General Hospital. I didn’t realize that that pills were the crux of his storylines revolving around the death of his little boy and his brother Nikolas’ affair with the love of his life Elizabeth, or that these storylines didn’t require lots of real tears and superb acting skills. I’m sure he feels bad that he didn’t deliver the sub par performances that fans of CBS and NBC soaps enjoy! Yeah, what a ‘dud’.

MicheleI
MicheleI

Congratulations and I’m so happy for him. Big fan of Jonathan and his music. Rarely a day I don’t listen to Enation’s music.

Diane Dunn
Diane Dunn

Thrilled for him! He has worked so hard for this.

Lex
Lex

So thrilled for JJ. I wish he’d come back to GH though.

Matthew
Matthew

100% agree Lex! Let’s hope he comes back soon!

Double Z
Double Z

Yay for u Jonathan. You deserve the best,

janet
janet

I miss Lucky on GH but, I wish Jonathan only the best. A great musical career if that is what he wants. This is great for him. I watch Nashville ,only because of him and they don’t give him nearly enough to do. Hope you take this all the way to the top.

rachie
rachie

I’m excited to see it happen J. Jackson has a great voice and tons of talent way to go!

Matthew
Matthew

I’m a big fan of Enation and Jonathan Jackson is unbelievably talented. He really knows his voice and the result is always unique and chill inducing. I see him evolving into a pop rock superstar and he also excels in the slow build of powerhouse heavier adult contemporary love songs. The depth and raw emotion he achieves in his music is pure magic. I sincerely hope that he steers clear of taking his music career in a ‘Nashville’ or Country genre direction. I think it just doesn’t showcase his talents properly and isn’t true to his brand.

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Natasha Henstridge To Play Opposite GH’s Departing Vinessa Antoine in DIGGSTOWN

More casting news from the upcoming Canadian legal drama series, Diggstown which will star General Hospital’s Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) in the central role of Marcie Diggs.

As fans know, Antoine will be exiting GH in the role of Jordan as she begins filming the CBC series.

However, Antoine is getting a co-star on her new show, in none other than Natasha Henstridge.  The actress has previously appeared in CW’s Beauty and the Beast and Secret Circle.

 

According to Deadline, in Diggstown, Natasha will play Colleen MacDonald, a single, no-nonsense, openly gay director of legal aid now headquartered in Halifax after being blacklisted by the legal community in Toronto. She hopes to one day work her way back home.

As for the premise of the new series, Diggstown is set in the gritty arena of legal aid.  It centers on Marcie Diggs (Antoine), a star lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.  The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers – messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice as they work directly in the community to find justice for their diverse clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias.”

Antoine is the first black actress to be cast as a dramatic series lead on iconic Canadian Broadcasting Company, CBC.

So, what do you think of the premise of Diggstown?  Sounds intriguing to us! Comment below.

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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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