Charles Esten stars on "Nashville" in the role of Deacon Claybourne. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Charles “Chip” Esten grew up in Alexandria, VA. After starting his acting career in Los Angeles, he was pleased to make his theatrical debut in London, portraying Buddy Holly in the hit West End musical “Buddy.” In that role, he was honored to perform for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth and then, for President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush at both The Kennedy Center and The White House.
Esten has performed more than 100 live shows over the course of the last year, all while filming "Nashville" 10 months out of the year. He has performed at CMA Fest, Stagecoach, the C2C Festival in London, the CMC Festival in Australia, the Ryman Auditorium, the Bridgestone Arena, Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Royal Albert Hall, the O2, and the Grand Ole Opry — where he made his 100th Opry show, July 20th.
This summer, Charles kicked off the long-running CMA Fest from Nissan Stadium in Nashville and this summer he headlined his first solo shows in Germany.
In addition to his role on “Nashville,” he has appeared in many films and television shows, including "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" "The Office,” hosted the 2017 CMT Awards, and recently confirmed a recurring role on TNT’s “Tell Me Your Secrets.”
A singer and songwriter who began performing on stage when he was in college, Charles made history July 21, 2017 when he earned a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title reflecting his #EverySingleFriday campaign. The campaign ran from July 15, 2016 to July 21, 2017 and yielded 54 original songs that Charles wrote (or co-wrote), recorded, and released, every single Friday since the campaign began.
The title was presented to “Chip,” live on NBC’s Today show by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford following his performance, July 25, 2018.
His songs are all available on iTunes, and on Spotify, where his music has been streamed worldwide over 7.9 million times.
He is proud to serve as the National Light the Night Walk Honorary Chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Esten and his wife have two daughters and a son.
Charles Esten (EH-stehn)
· Deacon Claybourne on hit series NASHVILLE. (ABC 4 Seasons/CMT 2 Seasons)
· 100+ Grand Ole Opry performances. (100th/July 20, 2018)
· Guinness World Record certificate awarded July 25, 2018 for releasing a song a week for 54 weeks under Every Single Friday campaign (7.15.16 – 7.21.17).
· Recurring role on TNT’s new series, TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.
· Surpassed 2018 fundraising goal of $150k for Team Addie benefitting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 2018’s donations took 6-year Team Addie funds to $1M +.
· Performed “Light The Night” (co-written by walker Gene Rapisardi) during Nov. 2 Light The Late Night concert, in Nashville. All proceeds from single benefit LLS.
· UK/Europe: Sold out UK tour, 2018. Returning to London (Dec. 2018) and Germany in 2019.
· Fifth annual holiday show at legendary Birchmere. This year with opener Jones Point, Nov. 24 and 25.
About Charles Esten:
In addition to his role on NASHVILLE, Charles Esten’s long and successful acting career has found him in many films and television shows, including WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and THE OFFICE. He hosted the 2017 CMT AWARDS, and is currently filming a recurring role on TNT’s TELL ME YOUR SECRETS. It was NASHVILLE that reopened Charles’ musical career, and over the course of the last five years he has performed hundreds of live shows, all while filming ten months out of the year.
He has performed on NBC’s Today show, on the CMA Fest stadium stage, Stagecoach, the C2C Festival in London, the CMC Festival in Australia, the Ryman Auditorium, the Bridgestone Arena, Carnegie Hall, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Royal Albert Hall, the O2 Arena, and the Grand Ole Opry where, on July 20th, he made his 100th appearance.
In addition to hosting the TJ Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala for the past 6 years, Charles has lent his time to many of his friends’ great local charitable events including An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, Kim Paisley’s Dance Party to End Alzheimer's, and Kevin Carter, Jay DeMarcus’ Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Dinner and Kelly Clarkson’s Miracle on Broadway. On October 10, Charles was awarded the “Music Heals” Golden Ukulele by Musicians On Call.