As one half of one of one of the most high-profile (and award-winning) celebrity couples in the world, Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t normally the one in charge of creating music. She leaves that up to husband Chris Martin, frontman for the massively popular band Coldplay. Paltrow usually sticks to starring in films like the “Iron Man” series, “Proof,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” and “Shakespeare in Love” (for which she won an Academy Award) and for reaching out to fans via her online newsletter Goop.
But for her latest film, Paltrow will be spreading into Martin’s territory. In the upcoming “Country Strong” (which hits theaters in December), Paltrow plays a country singer who attempts to resurrect her career with the help of her husband (Tim McGraw), an up-and-coming songwriter (Garrett Hedlund of “Tron: Legacy” fame) and a fresh new face on the country scene (Leighton Meester). As part of the film, Paltrow has recorded a brand-new song called “Country Strong” that will be released as a single. It just premiered on the Internet, and you can listen to it here.
This isn’t the first time Paltrow has lent her singing pipes to a movie role, as she famously crooned karaoke tunes with Huey Lewis in the 2000 movie “Duets.” As far as “Country Strong” goes, Paltrow makes for a pretty convincing stand-in for an actual country singer, as her voice has plenty of conviction and power, and she sings with just enough twang to make it sound authentic (but not so much that it sounds cartoonish). Really, it’s pretty excellent, and it may end up giving her a hit on country radio, as it would sound right at home next to Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. Is Paltrow destined for a bigger musical project like Scarlett Johansson or Zooey Deschanel? Time will tell, but she clearly has the chops and the resourcefulness for something bigger.
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