Charles Esten

Known best for his role as Deacon Claybourne on the hit television show NASHVILLE, Charles (Chip) Esten was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and 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. It was in that role, he was honored to perform for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth in the Royal Variety Performance. It was during that run that he first appeared on the British version of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?

Since then, aside from NASHVILLE, he has performed on WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY, as well as appearing on many other films and television shows including THE POSTMAN, NYPD BLUE, ER, BIG LOVE, and the American version of THE OFFICE. He currently has a recurring role on TNT’s TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.

It was NASHVILLE that reopened Esten’s musical career, and over the course of the last six years he has performed hundreds of live concerts, including three sold out NASHVILLE IN CONCERT shows at the Royal Albert Hall. He has performed in the O2 Arena at the C2C Festival, at the CMC Festival in Australia, STAGECOACH in Indio, CA, CMA Fest in Nashville, as well as the Bluebird Café, The Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry where, on July 20th, he made his 100th appearance. In January of this year he completed his first solo twelve-city tour through a sold out UK and Netherlands, and standing room only shows in Germany.

Esten recently made musical history when he earned a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for his #EverySingleFriday campaign which yielded 54 original songs that he wrote, recorded, and released, once a week, for 54 consecutive weeks. The songs are all available on iTunes, and on Spotify, where his music has already been streamed worldwide nearly 8 million times.

Married for 27 years, Esten and his wife Patty have three children – Taylor, Chase and Addie – and make their home in Nashville, TN. Addie is a survivor of childhood leukemia, and her journey has inspired her parents’ passionate involvement in fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Esten serves as the National Honorary Spokesperson for the Light the Night Walk. Over the last 6 years, their Light the Night Walk team – Team Addie – has raised over one million dollars in the fight against blood cancer.


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.