Jamie Lynn Spears is following in her famous sister Britney's footsteps. The 20-year-old Kentwood native hit the stage for a performance at The Rutledge in Nashville.

Spears performed several original songs in front of family and friends ... including parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears. Sister Britney is touring overseas and couldn't make it.

After her performance ... Jamie Lynn, the mother of 3-year-old Maddie, Tweeted:

    Just wanna thank all my amazing friends and family for coming out tonight!!!! #feelingthelove

Mama Lynne told People, "I am so emotional tonight." Her dad, Jamie, added, " We are so proud of her."