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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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