"We were from this little town in the middle of nowhere," Jamie explained to Entertainment Tonight about her upbringing with Britney while promoting her new country project and upcoming TLC special, When the Lights Go Out.
"[Britney] says, 'Hey, I want to go do what Madonna does. I want to go do this.' ... What is this girl from Louisiana going to do up there with all these other pop stars? It would have made a bunch more sense from our small town of Louisiana for Britney to do country," she continued.
Despite collaborating together on 2013's "Chillin' With You," Jamie does not believe Britney will be crossing over into country for another duet. "I think Britney appreciates all music, but I don't ever see her doing a full country album," she said. "What she is, is more than just music, she has created a real legacy. She will experiment with everything, and I hope she does, but I think she knows what she is doing."
Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Down, set to premiere on TLC starting June 26, at 10 p.m. ET, will follow Jamie's future in music and comeback at the Grand Ole Opry after taking a break to raise her daughter Maddie, whom she had at age in 16 in 2007 with ex-fiancé Casey Aldridge.
The special's title is a reference to her song "When the Lights Go Out" about the first night she spent away from her daughter.
"She was with her dad for the first time, and I was by myself," she says in a clip from the special. "In that moment, I called Daddy, and I was 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 singing and that's why I'm doing it.'"
Jamie also explains that she does not consider her pursuit of a music career as a comeback either. "I think a lot of people would like to look at me debuting my new music and everything as a comeback," the 25-year-old explains. "But truthfully, I was known for Zoey, I was known for being a teen mom, I was known for being Britney's sister."
"But eight years has passed since any of that has happened, and I was a child then. So I think that 'comeback' is a little different because I've never been introduced as an adult woman."