Mykelti Williamson will show his little-known music talents in a recurring role on the upcoming third season of ABC’s country music drama Nashville. The Justified and 24 alum will play Terry, a brilliant musician who, after suffering a terrible personal tragedy, lives as a nomad on the streets of Nashville. When his talent finally is uncovered, he works hard to reclaim the self-sufficiency he lost years ago. Williamson will sing on the show, in what is expected to be a four-episode arc.

thesorelsWhile he is best known for his acting, Williamson started as a singer and dancer. He was an alternate member of the Lockers breakdance crew. He had his own group called the Kids that toured with Bob Hope’s USO show. While he was with another group, the Dance Masters, he auditioned for a guest starring role on Starsky & Hutch. He got it and never looked back, focusing on acting. But acting and music intersected once before, in the 1984 feature Streets Of Fire, where he played a member of a doo-wop style group called the Sorels. The movie bombed, but a song, Dan Hartman’s “I Can Dream About You” — for which the Williamson and the other actors  recorded the backing vocals — and the accompanying music video were big hits. Here is the video:

Williamson is with Paradigm, manager Craig Dorfman and attorney David Fox.