I should’ve known James Marsden could sing. I mean, the guy’s perfect. I’ll bet there’s nothing the actor can’t do.
I first loved Marsden in 2007 as teen heartthrob Corny Collin in Hairspray and then as Prince Edward in Enchanted. Then I hated him as Jack Lime in last year’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
But now that I know he can sing country music, I’m in love again.
I remember him doing “The Nicest Kids in Town” in Hairspray. But country music? I didn’t know he had that in him.
Marsden was on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show with Lady Antebellum on Wednesday (Oct. 8) to promote his new film, The Best of Me, and their two songs on the film’s soundtrack. http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1731118/will-the-best-of-me-be-the-best-of-country.jhtml
Why that one? I have a couple of theories:
1. Marsden and Brooks both grew up in Oklahoma and actually both went to Oklahoma State University, so there’s that connection.
2. Marsden’s ex-wife is the daughter of one of country music’s most prolific songwriters, the late Dennis Linde (“Callin’ Baton Rouge,” “Goodbye Earl,” “John Deere Green,” “What’ll You Do About Me,” “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer” and hundreds more). You cannot be part of a family like that and not develop a deep love for ’90s country.
“I’m really nervous,” Marsden said when he was getting ready to start. But he sang the whole first verse — from “blame it all on my roots” to “but you’ll never hear me complain” — all by himself, just with the band’s Dave Haywood on guitar. Then Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott join in.
“Now I’m just pissed because he’s better than me,” Kelley joked during the performance.
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