Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, co-founder of the Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, has been cast in a recurring role on CMT’s upcoming fifth season of country music drama Nashville.
Giddens will play Hanna “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker who turns out to have the voice of an angel.
Giddens tweeted a photo from the table read today with co-star Charles Esten.
Giddens, who also plays banjo and fiddle in Carolina Chocolate Drops, began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced “Another Day, Another Time” concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. Her acclaimed solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, blends American musical genres such as gospel, jazz, blues and country. She i working on her follow-up album to be released in 2017.
Produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, Nashville makes its Season 5 debut January 5 on CMT with Thirtysomething creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz at the helm. Nashville is executive produced by Herskovitz, Zwick, Steve Buchanan and Callie Khouri. Jayson Dinsmore and Morgan Selzer executive produce for CMT.