Yellowstone's Abby is a real-life country singer

The long-awaited return of the Dutton family in Yellowstone Season 5 brings with it some new faces. One of them is country singer Abby, who bonded with Ryan during the first half of the season. Of course, we'll have to wait until January to see new episodes once the Paramount series hits theaters. Short winter vacation. But before that, it's worth knowing a little more about the actor who plays Abby in Yellowstone.

That's Lenny Wilson, and "Yellowstone" is actually her feature film debut. However, her connection to the show dates back to before season five. Wilson is a country musician whose music was used several times on the show's soundtrack before creator Taylor Sheridan contacted her and asked her to appear on screen. "[Sheridan] was good with the people he trusted," Wilson said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And, he was great to me from the beginning. And the musical director Andrea [von Foerster]. They just believed in me. So he called me in February and said, 'I want to create a character just for you.' I I want you to wear your clothes, sing your songs, and be yourself.” I said yes without even thinking about it. "

While Wilson said playing the role was "scary," she admitted that as a musician she had prepared for certain aspects of the performance. “I think part of what I do every night is perform anyway,” she said. "I mean, even when I'm dealing with these things with my dad, sometimes I don't want to get on stage and act like I'm having a great time. But I have to." Wilson's father, Brian, recently went through a long time of hospitalization, she told Taste of Country.

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It's been a very busy year for the musician. Just days before debuting as Abby this November, Wilson won Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2022 CMA Awards. She also released the critically acclaimed album Bell Bottom Country, which was recently named one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone magazine .

Wilson told Taste of Country that reaching this level of success certainly started with baby steps — including impersonating Hannah Montana in high school. "I'm throwing three or four parties a weekend... and I have Hannah Montana to thank for that," she said.

Wilson used these gigs to make her name as a musician. “I’d ask them — I’d say, ‘Hey, can Lenny Wilson open?’ And they’d ask, ‘Who is Lenny? "I'd say, 'That's the guy you hired,'" Wilson recalled. "Some of them said, 'No, we just want Hannah,' but if I could have been there before... I would have run backstage and changed, just like she does on the show."

Of course, between her new acting gigs and musical accolades, Wilson has clearly stepped out of Hannah's shadow.