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August 22, 2014, 7:35 pm

Wyclef Jean takes role in ‘Nashville’

Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Wyclef Jean has taken a recurring role in the new ABC drama "Nashville," airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. The rapper, singer and politician, formerly a member of The Fugees with Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, will play the head of a music label.

Jean announced the casting on via Twitter, posting a photo of himself with what he called the hottest cast on TV, featuring co-stars Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott), Clare Bowen (Scarlett O'Connor) and Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley).

For Jean, the casting marks his latest on-screen role following his stint as Marcel Hollis on "Third Watch" (2005), in addition to work on soundtracks for "Glee" and "30 Rock." His work as a musician with The Fugees garnered two Grammy Award,s including "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Softly with His Song" (1996) and "Best Rap Album" for "The Score" (1996).

"Nashville," starring Connie Britton, follows the on-and-offstage drama of Rayna Jaymes, the reigning "Queen of Country." However, after two decades on top, her crown is losing its luster. She refuses to be "steamrolled" by her record label as they present a new arrangement, and in the face of an evolving industry, Rayna is struggling to adapt and reinvent herself, which she must do if she plans to stay relevant.

As she attempts to do just that, she is being pressed by the pretty, sexy and young Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), who is the country's #1 crossover artist. Talented but troubled Juliette's public image is threatened by "circumstances she struggles to control," and while she is determined to sit on Rayna's throne, Julliette refuses to deal with her difficult past. In the role of Coleman Carlisle, Robert Wisdom, formerly of "The Wire," rounds out the cast.


The Hollywood Reporter contributed to this report.

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