Chrissy Metz surprised fans who only know her from her role in “This Is Us” when she took to the stage at this year’s ACM Awards to perform “I’m Standing With You”, the song she wrote and sang for her film “Breakthrough”.
Speaking with People, the 38-year-old actress explained that singing and songwriting have been longtime passions that she’s now working to pursue more actively.
“I’m writing new music right now and working on music with a message and a purpose,” Metz told People at a “This Is Us” event in New York City on Thursday.
“That’s exciting for me, it’s always something I wanted to do,” she added. “And to be able to do it is really, really, really exciting.”
After debuting “I’m Standing With You” at the ACM Awards — in a duet with Carrie Underwood, no less — in April she released a music video for the song, and will soon be returning to Nashville for another performance.
“I’m performing at the CMA Fest in Nashville. Very excited about that,” Metz said of her upcoming performance at the annual country music fan festival, where artists including Scotty McCreery, Old Dominion, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley and Carly Pearce will also perform.
Metz credits “This Is Us” co-stars Mandy Moore and Chris Sullivan for inspiring her to pursue her musical dreams.
“They inspire me as a human being, actor, singer and artist. I learned so much from each of them in different ways, I’m so grateful for that,” she said of her castmates, both of whom have parallel music careers in addition to their acting.
“I sort of feel like the new girl in school in some regards,” she added. “I’m so impressed by what they do all the time and just who they are in their lives. I learn from them all the time.”
In advance of her upcoming CMA Fan Fest gig, relive Metz’s stirring ACM Awards performance below: