‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Signs With Universal Music Group Nashville
Chrissy Metz is going from the small screen to country radio! The This Is Us star has signed a recording…
Chrissy Metz; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Chrissy Metz is going from the small screen to country radio!
The This Is Us star has signed a recording contract with Universal Music Group Nashville, the label announced Monday (Jan. 13).
The news of her record deal came on the heels of her Oscar nomination, in which her performance of “I’m Standing With You” from the faith-based film Breakthrough earned a nod for Best Orginal Song. Metz, who initially worked with UMG Nashville on the Breakthrough movie soundtrack, performed the Diane Warren-penned track alongside her now labelmates, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae and Mickey Guyton, at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April.
“Chrissy Metz is simply tapped into America’s emotional conscience,” Cindy Mabe, President, Universal Music Group Nashville, shared in a statement. “Music was her first love and no matter if she’s singing, acting, writing or just being, she’s always real, powerful and fully connected with her audience. I can’t wait to put her musical story into the world and I’m so inspired to bring her into the Universal Music Group Nashville family.”
“To say I am excited to fulfill a lifelong dream is an understatement,” said Metz. “Music has always been my first love and to be working alongside Cindy and the incomparable team at UMG is truly a gift!”
Metz, an Emmy and two-time Golden Globe nominee, is currently working on her debut country album, which is expected to be released later this year.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.