Jamie Lynn Marie Spears is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for portraying the titular role of Zoey Brooks on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Zoey 101 (2005–2008). Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she is the younger sister of singer Britney Spears. Beginning in December 2007, Spears was subject to significant media attention and controversy after announcing she was pregnant at age 16. A misconception emerged that her pregnancy cancelled Zoey 101; the final season wrapped filming in August 2007 but would not premiere until the following year. After giving birth in 2008, Spears took a five-year hiatus.Spears returned from her five-year hiatus in 2013 and released her debut single "How Could I Want More" from her debut EP in country music, The Journey (2014). In 2015, Spears earned songwriting credits for Jana Kramer's certified Platinum single, "I Got the Boy", a song she wrote in 2011 during writing sessions in Nashville for her 2013 EP. In 2016, Spears released a documentary Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out, reflecting on the controversy of her pregnancy, showcasing her country music career after "realizing [her] true calling was music" as well as her personal life as a wife and mother. Despite this, Spears has not released a debut album. In 2019, it was announced Spears would instead return to acting and portray Noreen Fitzgibbons in the Netflix romantic drama series Sweet Magnolias (2020–present).