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Rayna Jaymes

Played by Connie Britton

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After two decades of topping the charts, Rayna Jaymes’ career has begun to wobble: Her last album tanked and ticket sales are soft. But Rayna is not ready to surrender the crown as the “Queen of Country.” Rayna’s going to try to reclaim her career, all while juggling the responsibilities of being a mom to Maddie and Daphne, and supporting her husband, Teddy, who’s trying to rebuild a career of his own.

Rayna remembers a time when it didn’t used to be this hard. In the early days, she and Deacon would write together, and within months those songs would ring out on radios across America. Those days seem distant now but she's not giving up. Rayna Jaymes has still got something to say.

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Four-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. Her role on “Nashville” garnered both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actress, and she sings on both of Season One’s soundtracks, which have sold over 2 million tracks. After stand-out roles on such series such “Spin City,” “24” and “The West Wing,” Britton starred on one of the best reviewed shows on television, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” created by Peter Berg, for which she received Emmy nominations in 2010 and 2011. She also starred in the film of the same name, opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Britton received a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her role as the female lead in “American Horror Story,” Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's Emmy-nominated miniseries.

Britton received two individual nominations from the Television Critics Association, and “Friday Night Lights” was that organization’s most-nominated show in its first season, winning Outstanding New Program of the year in 2007, Program of the Year in 2011, a Peabody Award, as well as accolades from the American Film Institute, which ranked it among the ten best shows of 2006-07, and Teen Choice Award nominations two years in a row. Britton was nominated for a Women’s Image Network Award (WIN), honoring work that features female protagonists.

Britton recently completed “This Is Where I leave You” with Tina Fey and Adam Driver, and starred in the film “The To Do List,” alongside Andy Samberg. She received praise for her starring role in Edward Burns’ “The Brothers McMullen,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She had nearly canceled her audition with Burns. As it was, that last meeting of the day turned into the role that would launch her career. She went on to star in three more Burns’ films, “No Looking Back,” “Looking for Kitty” and “Fitzgerald Family Christmas.” Other film credits include “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, Michael Bay’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Women in Trouble” with Carla Gugino and Josh Brolin, “The Lather Effect” and the critically acclaimed feature “The Last Winter,” opposite Ron Perlman, which received a Gotham Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast.

Born in Boston, Britton moved to Lynchburg, VA at the age of seven with her family, including her fraternal twin sister. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies, spending a term in Beijing, China. Upon graduation she moved to New York, where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying with Sanford Meisner, and then performed in regional theater and off-Broadway productions.

In her free time, Britton, enjoys hiking and yoga. She is currently finalizing a documentary which she produced and directed on the orphans of Ethiopia.