October 20th, 2010
01:29 PM ET
Gwyneth Paltrow has gone country. The actress will make her live singing debut at the 44th annual Country Music Awards on November 10, performing the title track from her new movie “Country Strong.”
The song was released as a single to radio last week, and no one was more surprised than Paltrow, according to EW.com.
“I was just singing songs for the movie. I think the original plan was they wanted the bona fide crew to re-sing our songs, and then when [Sony Music Nashville chair] Joe Galante heard it, he was like, ‘No, I want to release this as the single.’ I was like, ‘Excuse me please? What? What is going on?’”
The producers must have known that no matter what, she’d look good in cowboy boots. But reception to the song, shown in the film’s trailer, has been more than a physical attraction.
“Gwyneth looks - and sounds - amazing in the video,” says PopEater, who noted that the actress has sung for us before in the 2000 film “Duets.” Her new song features back-up vocals from Vince Gill and Patty Griffin.
"I had to learn how to play guitar, and I took singing lessons. It was a real challenge, but I felt like I pretty much pulled it off," Paltrow told MTV in May.
“Country Strong” stars Paltrow as country singer Kelly Canter, who was recently released from rehab. She plays opposite Tim McGraw, the adorably manly country singer-turned-actor whom you’ll recognize from “The Blind Side.” Also in the film are “Friday Night Lights” actor Garrett Hedlund and “Gossip Girl’s” Leighton Meester.
Check out "Country Strong" when it hits theaters nationwide in January.
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