Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out airs June 26 at 10/9c on TLC
Jamie Lynn Spears is getting back to work in her singing career – but her job, first and foremost, is as a mother.
The former child star’s documentary, Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out, airs June 26 at 10/9c on TLC, and the starlet will open up about her teenage pregnancy, escaping the spotlight to raise her daughter Maddie and returning to fame – and PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek from the show.
The clip finds the one-time Zoey 101 star planning her March Grand Ole Opry debut with her father, Jamie Spears, and business manager, Lou Taylor.
Spears is reintroducing herself as a country singer-songwriter, and she decided to play a new song, “When the Lights Go Out” during her set at the famed Nashville venue.
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“Whenever I wrote ‘When the Lights Go Out,’ it was coming from a place … it was the first night, of course, that Maddie was away from me,” says Spears, breaking down in tears discussing the song’s inspiration. “She was with her dad for the first time, and I was by myself. In that moment, I called Daddy – I was just by myself, and I was just like: I want to be able to let people into that side of me because that’s the story. That’s why I’m doing it. As you can tell, the music moves me, of course, but it comes from moments like that.”
Added the singer: “It reminds me of exactly why I’m still driven to do this … for this baby girl.”
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Now 25, Spears lives in her native Louisiana with husband Jamie Watson – whom she met shortly after she and Maddie’s father split – and 8-year-old Maddie.
“She’s got such a sweet little heart,” says Spears in the new issue of PEOPLE. “I feel like I’ve raised her with a lot of honesty, but I’ve also raised her with a lot of love. She’s a very happy, content little girl, and there’s nothing more a parent could ask for. That’s my most proud accomplishment out of anything and always will be.”