- "You gotta go after what you want and never take no for an answer."
- —Juliette Barnes to Maddie and Daphne Conrad
- "Just, sometimes, I'd like to be that girl worth choosing."
- —Juliette Barnes to Deacon Claybourne
Juliette Barnes-Barkley is a country singer/songwriter and teen star sensation who attempts to take over Rayna Jaymes' title of "Queen of Country".
She is a dominant, sexy, confident woman who dragged herself to stardom despite her troubled past with a drug addicted mother. She is a cross-country artist sensation, chart topping the teenage market despite doubts about her talent from famous traditional country singer Rayna Jaymes.
Juliette sees Rayna as her immediate competition which leads the two to dislike each other. Growing up without a father or much attention from her mother, she doesn't know how to express affection and looks for love in the wrong places - usually the arms of many using men that just leave her lonely and hurt. She initially comes across as a spoiled demanding brat that treats her colleagues like servants. But she worked to get herself there, she knows how to play the game and she sure as hell isn't going to give that up for anyone. She's admitted knowing what it's like to be used for her money and fame, she seems angry at the world but really she's just a lonely teenage girl without any real friends or family that she can turn to. She will do whatever it takes to get to the top of the game, watch out Nashville!
Juliette Barnes is a young country singer targeting the youth market. Her record label wants her to team up with an older star, Rayna Jaymes. So, she's sent to Rayna's room to introduce herself. She does, but not before speaking to Rayna's friend Watty White first, and when she does, she makes no claim to be a fan; she says that her mother was a fan. Well, Rayna isn't all that keen on teaming up with her either, and it doesn't help relations between the two singers that Juliette has set her sights on Rayna's guitar player, Deacon Claybourne.
Juliette gifts Deacon with an expensive guitar. Rayna is suspicious, and Deacon attempts to return it. But Juliette says he should keep it, because she wants him to play it for her.
Juliette's mother, Jolene, is a drug addict. She turns up at Juliette's gate begging to be let in. Juliette has her sent away. However, Juliette's manager, Glenn Goodman convinces her to let her mother stay with her.
Juliette shoplifts a bottle of nail polish, whilst a fan is recording her on a mobile phone. The video is uploaded to the internet and Juliette's manager decides that some damage control is required. An interview with a sympathetic talk show host is arranged, but Juliette makes matters worse by blaming the fan. Her manager threatens to quit. One of his conditions for staying is that Juliette explain to him why she did it. She explains that it was something she used to do when she was younger to assure herself that she could provide for herself.
Towards rehabilitating Juliette with fans, she is set up with a football player, Sean Butler, with a squeaky clean image. She takes him nightclubbing. They continue dating. She proposes marriage. They elope. They honeymoon. She files for divorce. He and his parents insist upon an annulment, instead.
Juliette and Rayna do a duet for an awards show. Their song is a smash hit. They go on tour together. Juliette hires Deacon, who'd been fired by Rayna.
Juliette is annoyed that Rayna features on a large billboard ad. Her mother's sober companion, Dante Rivas, helps her secure an advertising deal of her own. She sleeps with him, and Dante gets seen "in a compromising position" by Avery Barkley, who had joined Juliette's tour as a roadie. Dante fires Avery, but Deacon who's band leader countermands that. Juliette appoints Dante her new manager, and Deacon quits the band.
Dante runs off with a considerable amount of money, but not so much that Juliette wants to press charges. Then he tries to blackmail her with a sex tape. At first she's willing to pay up, but she changes her mind when he ups the price. She plans to make an announcement on television, but her mother forestalls that with what looks like a drug-related murder-suicide of Dante and herself. Later, Juliette receives a letter from Jolene that explains to her that her mother had done it to protect her.
Juliette wins a CMA Award for Country Music Artist of the Year. It is presented to her by her ex-manager Glenn.
Juliette sings at a memorial service for her mother at the Bluebird Cafe. Deacon decides to leave early, but Rayna won't let him drive drunk. They argue and take their eyes off the road. There's a near collision, the car goes off the road, and lands in a ditch about the same time (it seems) as Juliette finishes her song.
Juliette tries to act all concerned in the aftermath of Rayna's accident (in reality angered that the tour may be up in the air) and even offers Maddie a shoulder to cry on, promising she won't say anything about Deacon being her father. After she is publicly humiliated when a video of her rebuking a heckler is doctored so that she says there is no God, which leads to a mass burning of her merchandise, Avery visits her to find her passed out drunk on her bed. When she comes to, he says he and Scarlett broke up and he decides to cheer her up by taking her busking disguised. It works and she requests that they write a song together.
She performs her song at the Grand Ole Opry which leads to Jeff Fordham terminating her contract. That evening, she calls to Avery's apartment with a pasta dish as a thank you gift and the pair end up sleeping together. They embark on a romantic relationship. She also asks Rayna to help her relaunch her career by signing her to Highway 65. After she and Avery argue about their relationship, she has a drunken one night stand with Jeff Fordham at the BMI party. Gunnar spots them together and tells Zoey. They're eventually forced to tell Avery and he breaks up with Juliette.
Determined to get over the split, Juliette auditions for a Patsy Cline biopic but breaks down in the audition. She tries to cut off her hair and a doctor is called in. He tells her that she's pregnant and at first she thinks the baby is Jeff's until an ultrasound proves she's further along, meaning Avery is the father. She finally tells him via text message while he's doing community service. At first he's angry but after a chat with Emily agrees to have a role in the child's upbringing. However, he tells Juliette they're not getting back together. At the CMA Awards, they meet his parents and while his mother acts very civil towards Juliette his father denounces her. Avery comes to her defense and she tells him they're expecting a baby girl.
When Sadie Stone asks him to produce her album, Juliette believes they're an item and stalks him at the city's winter music festival. He later tells her off and she makes her peace with Sadie, telling her to work with Avery. Juliette later asks him to move in with her temporarily after the baby is born but he doesn't think it's a good idea. However, after a conversation with Sadie and a phone call to his mother, he visits Juliette and tells her he's unhappy with their arrangement. Thinking he doesn't want to be a part of their baby's life, she's surprised when he proposes instead. She accepts and they marry in a small ceremony.
- She drives a convertible Corvette
- Originally from Alabama
- She and Avery Barkley become parents during season 3.
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