Local writer and Christian recording artist Mark Smeby is no stranger to the show "Nashville" having already auditioned for four different roles on the ABC hit television series. However, as he puts it, "It was the fifth one that clicked."
Smeby describes the process in detail on his blog including an entertaining description of the "doublewide porta-potty" trailer where he changed clothes, practiced his lines and waited until he was transported by van to the 5 Spot in East Nashville for his scene with Jonathan Jackson who plays Avery Barkley on the show.
About Jackson, Smeby reports, "He’s a great guy, and we share a deep desire to be authentic men of faith."
While Smeby doesn't know if the new character he introduced in Episode 16 of "Nashville" might return to future shows, he is managing to stay busy. He has recently had roles in the Christian movies "1 Message" and "The Perfect Gift" from Kelly's Filmworks out of Louisville, and this year he has a small role in a film called "The Hepburn Girls."
In addition, Smeby has just finished his book "Wannabe: How to make it big in Nashville (from someone who hasn't)." and released his latest recording project "Hymns for the Journey" with the first single "Holy Holy Holy" receiving "most added" honors the first week of release the end of February in the Inspirational/Soft AC format. Catch Mark Smeby on Episode 16 of "Nashville."
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