'Nashville' adds Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens to season 5 cast

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Nashville Premiere Date Announced For CMT

"Nashville" is moving to CMT for its fifth season, and adding a Grammy winner to its new cast lineup.

Rhiannon Giddens is set to play Hanna Lee "Hallie" Jordan, a young social worker who turns out to have the voice of an angel, according to statement from the network. She will have a recurring role on the country music series, and is currently slated to appear in three episodes of Season 5 but that could increase.

Giddens is best known as the co-founder of string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing banjo and fiddle. She has been gaining recognition as a solo artist since performing at the at the T Bone Burnett-produced "Another Day, Another Time" concert at New York City's Town Hall in 2013.

See photos of Rhiannon Giddens:

11 PHOTOS
Rhiannon Giddens out and about
See Gallery
Rhiannon Giddens out and about
NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 24: Rhiannon Giddens performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on April 24, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA â APRIL 24: Rhiannon Giddens performs on the Alison Miner Music Heritage Stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 22, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Leon Morris/Redferns via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Rhiannon Giddens performs at Zilker Park during ACL Music Festival on Friday, October 9, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Musician Rhiannon Giddens performs onstage at A+E Networks 'Shining A Light' concert at The Shrine Auditorium on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for A+E Networks)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 16: Singers/Songwriters Shakey Graves (Alejandro Rose-Garcia) Leigh Nash and Rhiannon Giddens attend the 16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference - Day 2 - NPR hosts 'SONGS WE LOVE: at RCA Grand Victor Studio A on September 16, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Americana Music)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Rhiannon Giddens performs on stage at The Royal Festival Hall on February 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Rhiannon Giddens performs at Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 18, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 16: Rhiannon Giddens performs during the 16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference - Day 2 - NPR hosts 'SONGS WE LOVE: at RCA Grand Victor Studio A on September 16, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Americana Music)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Rhiannon Giddens performs at Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 18, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Earlier on Thursday, Giddens shared a photo on Twitter doing a read through with co-star Charles Esten.

"Nashville" was officially picked up by CMT in June after it was canceled by ABC during the annual housekeeping that is upfronts season. In addition, Hulu will continue to make all "Nashville" episodes available to stream the day after they air on CMT.

ABC devastated fans of the primetime soap starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere when it announced that the series would not return for a fifth season. The news came just a few weeks after "Thirtysomething" duo Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were named new showrunners for next season.

"CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for 'Nashville' has been overwhelming," Brian Philips, president of CMT, said when the network announced the acquisition of Season 5.

The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment. Production will commence in Nashville with Zwick and Herskovitz at the helm.

"Nashville" premiered on ABC in October 2012. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan and Britton.

The series airs in 82 international markets on six continents. Since its debut, the show has inspired 10 soundtracks, including a Christmas album, which have collectively sold more than one million album units and over 5 million single-track downloads to date, according to CMT. It has also been nominated for multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards.

Read original story 'Nashville' Adds Grammy Winner Rhiannon Giddens to Season 5 Cast At TheWrap


Read Full Story

From Our Partners