The show returns January 15th

Kelly Clarkson is expanding her acting resume when she makes a special guest appearance as herself on the mid-season return of ABC’s Nashville on Wednesday, January 15th. In the episode “I’ll Keep Climbing,” Clarkson makes Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen) a once-in-a-lifetime offer to record a song the couple wrote together.

The episode also has the fictional cast coping with the death of someone within their circle, either closeted country newcomer Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) or Mayor Teddy Conrad’s (Eric Close) wife Peggy, played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley, real life wife of country superstar Brad Paisley.

Tune into Nashville on the ABC Television Network January 15th at 10 pm ET/PT. Check local listings.

Nashville stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.