Jamie Lynn Spears’ Story Coming to TLC in One-Hour Special
Jamie Lynn Spears will return to television with a one-hour TLC special aimed at letting fans know about her transition to country singer and songwriter. The 25-year-old and her family star in Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out, a documentary set to air on June 26.
While it's a return to TV for Spears, the teen star of Nickelodeon's Zoey 101, the singer says the focus is on her music and her future. For nearly a decade she's been visiting Nashville, building relationships with songwriters and recording music. The critically-acclaimed "How Could I Want More" was her debut country single two-and-a-half years ago. She followed it with a tour, several appearances at the CMA Music Festival and more work behind the scenes in preparation of her new album, produced by Corey Crowder.
A trailer for When the Lights Go Out begins with the media and her parents' reaction to news the 16-year-old Spears was pregnant. For a few years, being a teen mom seemed to define her publicly, but it was at this time that Spears started to learn how to embrace her story without celebrating it to the point that it seemed she was encouraging other young girls to get pregnant. A song called "Shotgun Wedding" from her The Journey EP is true to her story — including learning the news in the bathroom of a BP station.
Now the mother of an 8-year-old, Spears is ready for the focus to return to her talents as an entertainer. In June she'll release a new single called "Sleepover." She'll also be hosting a free sleepover fan party at the Listening Room during CMA Fest 2016.
The TLC special will air at 10PM ET on June 26. The clip shows Spears preparing for this new album, and an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. That appearance came on March 15, and she was introduced by her brother and sister, Brian and Britney Spears.
Jamie Lynn Spears Talks About "Shotgun Wedding"