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.