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Pioneer Theater

Manteo, NC


Milwaukee, WI

1884 Lounge

Memphis, TN

City Winery

Pittsburgh, PA

KRTY.com Song & Wine

San Martin, CA

KRTY.com Song & Wine Show

San Martin, CA

2024 Rison In the Fall Festival

Rison, Arkansas

The Birchmere

Alexandria, VA

How Charles Esten Turned Acting in 'Nashville' into a Career in Country Music

By Walter Scott for PARADE

The actor discusses his new album 'Love Ain't Pretty,' starring on Outer Banks and his first time playing at the Opry.

It’s been more than 10 years in the making, but Charles Esten, the Nashville star, 58, is releasing his debut album, Love Ain’t Pretty (on sale Jan. 26), which began taking shape when he first arrived in Music City to take on the role of Deacon Claybourne. Esten, who cowrote all 14 songs with some of Nashville’s best songwriters, has released several singles since that time, but this is his first compilation of songs that explores life, love and the passing of time through the lens of a traveled and tested everyman.

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Charles Esten Announces European Headline Tour


Multi-talented singer/songwriter and actor Charles Esten has announced that he will be returning to the UK/Europe in April 2024, for headline shows in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

Commenting on his return to the UK and Europe, Esten shared: “Some of my earliest musical performances were way back in 1991 playing Buddy Holly in the hit West End musical BUDDY. That’s when I began my love affair with UK audiences who – quite literally – danced in the aisles. 

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Charles Esten gears up for upcoming Light the Night Walk on Friday

By Amelia Young for News Channel 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Light the Night returns October 27 at First Horizon Park. The evening walk draws a crowd of thousands to raise funds for those battling cancer, specifically leukemia and lymphoma. Attendees can register here.

Musician and actor Charles Esten has seen the fight against the disease firsthand. His daughter, Addie, is a survivor and each year he takes time to raise money for the cause. Esten once again serves as the Light the Night Honorary Chair.More Here

I saw Nashville In Concert and it proved that we all can have A Life That's Good

By Andy Rudd for The Mirror


Charles - who played Deacon - performs Back Home and a beautiful acoustic version of his new single Somewhere In The Sunshine.

The song is about loss in his life and how those who have passed are ‘singing to us and healing us’.

You can hear a pin drop as the crowd is totally silent, listening to every word…’no more pain, finally free I'm right where I'm meant to be. No, I ain't there beneath that Georgia pine, I’m somewhere in the sunshine.”

Speaking about the background to the song on his YouTube channel Charles said: “The ending is so important to me…’close your eyes, lift your head, feel the sun on your face. Somewhere in the sunshine’.

He adds: “Then you’re both in the sunshine in that moment. I just want people to hear it and see if it blesses them.”

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Charles Esten's Pen Is All Over Debut Album 'Love Ain't Pretty'


A long-awaited independent debut album from Nashville star Charles Esten is finally taking shape. The 14-track project, titled Love Ain't Pretty, is scheduled to arrive on Jan. 26, 2024, but the actor-turned-singer won't be waiting that long to share some of it.

"I am so proud to finally announce that I’ve recorded my 14-song debut album, and it’s being released January 26th." 

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