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 The White House. Since then, he has appeared in films and on television, most notably on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "The Office."
In 2014, 2015 and 2016 he joined his cast-mates in headlining the “Nashville in Concert” tour with sold out shows across the US, the UK and Ireland; a tour that’ll repeat during the summer of 2017. He is proud to serve as the National Light the Night Walk Honorary Chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
- EMMY voting begins in June and you’ll see Charles Esten’s name listed in the BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR category for his role as “Deacon Claybourne” in CMT’s “Nashville.”
- Charles will host the CMT Awards, June 7, live from Nashville.
- Charles and the “Nashville” cast return to Europe in June for their fourth consecutive summer tour.
- When not writing, recording or filming for Nashville, Charles is an in-demand touring artist. Tour dates: www.charlesesten.com
- In July 2017, Charles will become the only artist to ever release 52 consecutive songs via his #EverySingleFriday initiative.
- Charles has a rich catalog of music, having been a singer and songwriter performing on stage since he was in college.