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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
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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
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Jeff

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

heidi
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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
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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
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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
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mo

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

Deb
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Deb

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

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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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
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Jana

Just glad he’s not coming back 😉

Matthew
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Matthew

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

Joshua
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Joshua

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

Matthew
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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
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MissyLady

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

Matthew
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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
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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
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Joshua

Agree, MissLady.

Matthew
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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
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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
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Diane Dunn

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

Lex
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Lex

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

Matthew
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Matthew

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

Double Z
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Double Z

Yay for u Jonathan. You deserve the best,

janet
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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
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rachie

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

Matthew
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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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Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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