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‘Nashville’ Actor Chris Carmack Readies Soul-Searching New Music

New EP, ‘Pieces of You’ is led by a song the performer penned about finding his identity, “Being Alone”

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Chris Carmack will release an EP of music he wrote before moving to Nashville.

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Fresh from his appearance at California’s Stagecoach music festival, actor-singer Chris Carmack, who plays closeted gay country singer Will Lexington on ABC’s Nashville, has announced that he will release an EP this spring. Led by the new track, “Being Alone,” which is now available at iTunes, Carmack’s Pieces of You EP is his first independent, solo release. (He’s also featured on the Music of Nashville: Season 2 soundtrack, performing the show-fan favorite, “What If I Was Willing.”) “Being Alone,” which Carmack penned by himself, was produced by Grammy winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Phoenix Mendoza. Hear it here.

“‘Being Alone’ is about a young person’s solitary struggle to discover his own identity while trying to adhere to the stifling plans and expectations of others,” Carmack says of the tune. “The entire EP is comprised of songs I wrote when I was in Los Angeles trying to do just that: find my identity in a world that had no shortage of opinions about who I should be.”

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Maryland, Carmack joins a handful of his Nashville co-stars who have released music outside the show, including Jonathan Jackson (“Avery Barkley”) and his band, Enation, and sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella (who play Maddie and Daphne Conrad), who self-released an LP of live YouTube performances in 2012. Charles Esten (“Deacon Claybourne”) has been crafting tunes with such hitmakers as Jeffrey Steele and Deana Carter — with whom he wrote “I Know How to Love You Now,” a song he performed on the show’s Season Three premiere. Both Sam Palladio (“Gunnar Scott”) and Clare Bowen (“Scarlett O’Connor”) have solo projects planned for release this year, as well.

“We’ve recorded a couple things and I’ve been writing and writing and writing,” Bowen told Rolling Stone Country late last year. “I’ve met some wonderful people who are generous with their time and creativity. That’s the way Nashville is as a city.”

Carmack, who appeared on ABC’s The View April 29th with his Nashville co-star Aubrey Peeples (“Layla Grant”), performing “If Your Heart Can Handle It,” joined his cast mates later that day for two sold-out shows in New York, kicking off an eight-city Nashville tour. The trek wraps May 10th after stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Following the tour, Carmack flies solo again in Sioux City and West Des Moines, Iowa, on May 15th and 16th. Next month, he’ll make his CMA Music Festival debut on Nashville’s Belk Park Stage.

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