About Charles Esten
Esten made his theatrical debut in London when he portrayed Buddy Holly, singing, acting and playing guitar in the hit West End musical “Buddy.” In that role, he was honored to perform for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and eventually President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush at The White House. He was also very honored to perform with Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin, Buddy’s original hit-making bandmates, the Crickets.
It was during his run as Buddy that Esten first appeared on the original British version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” with Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops. When “Whose Line” came to ABC, he became a recurring cast member and frequent song improviser. Since then, he has appeared on Drew Carey’s Improvaganza and toured frequently; performing live improv shows with Stiles, Proops and Jeff B. Davis.
Esten’s many additional television credits include recurring roles on “Big Love,” “Enlightened,” “The Office” and “ER.” Besides being the father on Disney Channel’s “Jessie,” he has been a Klingon on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” a secretary on “Murphy Brown” and Kelly Bundy’s fiancé on the series finale of “Married with Children.” His film credits include “Swing Vote,” “Thirteen Days,” “61*” and “The Postman.”
In his first four seasons on “Nashville,” Esten has been honored to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and in the historic Ryman Auditorium. Many of the songs he has performed as Deacon Claybourne are available both on the “Nashville” soundtracks, and on the “Nashville: On The Record” albums, which were recorded live. For the Season 3 premiere, Esten was thrilled to perform a song live on air. That song was “I Know How To Love You Now,” an original that he co-wrote with his friend, Deana Carter.
Last summer, Esten released his first independent single, “Hot One” which is available on iTunes. He has long contemplated releasing an album or an EP. Recently, he decided that instead, he will be going a different route. On Friday July 15th, Esten released a new single and also committed to releasing brand new singles “every single Friday.” Says Esten, “I started off as a singer/songwriter, and even though I became an actor, I’ve been writing and playing music all along. Since coming to Nashville four years ago, music has taken an equal place in my life. I’ve been blessed to be able to write and perform a small catalog of songs I love with some truly fantastic people - and that has been a real joy. What I haven’t done is release much of this music at all. I’ve decided to change that in a big and unusual way that has me very excited.” His first track, “Through The Blue,” written with Kendell Marvel and Tim James, kicked off the #EverySingleFriday series, which Esten says will last until he “runs out of music he feels like releasing.”
He is proud to serve as the 2015 & 2016 National Light the Night Walk Honorary Chair.