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'The Walking Dead' star Emily Kinney Talks About Writing Music

by Shawn Christ   Oct 12, 2014 16:29 PM EDT

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Emily Kinney is best known as Beth Greene on AMC's wildly popular show The Walking Dead, but the actress is also an accomplished singer. 

Kinney's character often sings on the show, which, as SPIN  points out, averaged 13 million viewers last season, and her voice is a soft, calming presence among all the undead chaos. The double-entertainment threat spoke to SPIN about her musical endeavors recently. "Singing was probably the first way I got into performing," she said. "And then as I got a little bit older I started getting into musical theater and acting. But I've always been a writer - you know, journaling and making lists and writing poems, so eventually that became singing and songwriting. Whenever I've had breaks from acting I've always booked shows at Rockwood or other little piano places around New York."

The Walking Dead's season five premiere airs tonight (Oct. 12), and fans can watch the first four minutes of the episode in advance over at AMC's website. Kinney also revealed how she started getting singing scenes on the show. "Between seasons two and three, [then-showrunner] Glen Mazzara, called and said 'I know that you can sing.' He really felt like having this little song around the campfire was both a good break from the zombies and the violence, and also kind of a way to show our family connection. And then it just kind of became a part of Beth, that singing was something important to her."

Kinney's EP, Expired Love, is available now. Her other acting credits include The Following, The Big C and The Good Wife, according to Kinney's IMDb page.  

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