Sittin’ here tonight,
By the fire light, it reminds me
I already have more than I should.
I don’t need fame, no one to know my name,
at the end of the day, lord I pray,
I have a life that’s good.
Best known for his role as the soulful and suffering Deacon Claybourne in the global hit show Nashville, Pennsylvania-born actor and singer/songwriter Charles Esten made his theatrical debut in London’s West End acting, singing, and playing as one of the early leads of the long-running and beloved British musical, Buddy! It was during that run that Esten made his first appearance on the original British television version of Whose Line Is It Anyway. After returning to the States, he made regular appearances on the US version of the show. as well as a myriad of film and TV appearances including ER, NYPD Blue and The Office (US).
Over the last few years he has performed hundreds of live concerts, including multiple performances at the O2 Arena and sold-out Nashville In Concert tours – captured in the concert film of the same name, as well as a sold out tour in January 2019 in Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. He looks forward to returning in 2020 with a full band.
In his adopted hometown of Nashville, he has performed at CMA Fest, the Bluebird Café, The Ryman Auditorium, and frequently at the Grand Ole Opry where, in July 2018, he celebrated his 100th appearance. Along with his live performances, acting work and commitment to good causes – Esten serves as the National Honorary Spokesperson for the Light the Night Walks which benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He continues to write and record his own music with over 8 million streams to date, earning a Guinness World Record for releasing 54 original songs (available on iTunes, and on Spotify) once a week, for 54 consecutive weeks.
In advance of his full band UK tour in October 2019 he released a new single, co-written with J.T. Harding, and produced with Bobby Hamrick, “A Road and a Radio” is a rocking country ode to the open road and the music that has long been its soundtrack. The single charted on the top 10 UK iTunes counrtry chart the first weekend it was released. Regarding his new single, Esten says, ”The freedom and spirit-regenerating power of flying down the road with the person and the music you love isn’t just a piece of American mythology. It’s real. This song attempts to capture a little bit of that. It’d be nice to think that maybe somebody out there, in an attempt to get away from it all, might decide to get ”a song turned up” and “a ragtop down”, and this just might be one of the songs they turn up.”