Hayden Panettiere isn’t the only new mom around Nashville these days.
The Voice coach Christina Aguilera – who just graced the cover of PEOPLE with her infant daughter, Summer Rain – will join the ABC drama for a multi-episode arc this spring, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
Aguilera, who will return to NBC’s talent show on Feb. 23, has been cast as Jade St. John, a pop superstar who s been going pretty much nonstop since she broke out a decade ago. She arrives to Nashville for a two-night stand at the Bridgestone, but her real dream is to record a country album – if only her label, who wants her to stay on brand as a pop star, would let her break out of her golden cage.
In addition to her gig on The Voice, Aguilera is set to produce a TV series for ABC Family and has plans to record a new album. She told PEOPLE that she’s “not rushed” to wed Matt Rutler, the father of their 6-month-old daughter Summer Rain.
“Our love is secure enough that we don’t need a wedding to prove our love or commitment,” Aguilera told PEOPLE. “We are enjoying our daughter, our family and our work for now.”
Nashville airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.