Gwyneth Shows Her Chops

Gwyneth Paltrow in Counrty Strong. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Gwyneth Paltrow recently revealed her singing ability when she guest-starred on FOX’s Glee as substitute teacher Holly Holliday. Lately there has been a lot of talk about her return to the show as a substitute in future episodes. Paltrow wowed Glee viewers when she belted out Cee-Lo’s “Forget You” on the show, and some may be surprised that the voice on the track is her actual voice.

Over the past year, Paltrow has been doing nearly as much singing as acting. You can get a taste of her country singing abilities as Kelly Canter in Country Strong (1/7/11). Kelly Canter is a country singer who finds herself in a bit of a downward spiral when she finds herself in a rehabilitation facility and flirts with an orderly who aspires to be a singer. Gwyneth Paltrow embodies Kelly Canter and sounds like she is at home singing country music in the “Country Strong” music video.

The title track is an uplifting track about tapping inner strength. Being country strong is when getting up when life knocks you down. It is losing a fight, but never losing faith. Gwyneth’s voice adds a special element to the song that makes the lyrics seem like they are coming from her heart. Gwyneth takes on the character of Kelly Canter so beautifully that she could pursue a country music career, because she is country strong.

The film also includes country star Tim McGraw as Canter’s manager and husband and Leighton Meester, an actress-turned-singer, as a beauty queen-turned-singer. Meester has contributed her voice to songs like Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad”. It should be interesting to hear her sing in such a different genre.

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