UPDATE: Country Music Singer/Actor Justin Gaston Joins ‘Days of our Lives’ In Contract Role

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UPDATE Fri, 2/7/14 7:35 PM ET: Ben (Gaston) is Jordan’s (Stause) brother and first airs on Wednesday, February 26 (to the audience).

PREVIOUS 2/6/14 11:03 PM: Best known for his singing stints in “Nashville Star” and “If I Can Dream,” country music singer and actor  has joined the cast of NBC’s “” in the contract role of Ben, who a casting call from last summer described as “early-to-mid 20s… midwestern or southern (very slight southern accent) country boy. He is utterly charming in his honest sincere approach to life and love. Ben can also sing and/or play the guitar, though it is not necessary.” The actor began filming scenes in mid-October and will first air later this month.

Gaston will initially share scenes with (Sonny),  (Tad) and (Jordan), who Ben may share a hidden past.

Recently spotted on a May 2014 script, as seen in the widely (Theresa)/ (Anne) “DAYS” rap video, fans began to wonder if the show still planned to cast the role or if the character would in fact turn out to be a rumored recast of Chad DiMera (last played by ).

In real-life Gaston is married to “'” (Abby Newman). The two were wed in September 2012.