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“Everybody, in all walks of life, finds themselves at a point in time when they’re not feeling the faith they used to feel, whether it’s a faith in a greater power, in God, faith in their own abilities, or faith in things working out,” says singer-songwriter Charles Esten, calling American Songwriter from his Nashville home. “There are things that are out of your hands, and that’s where faith comes in—but sometimes, you’re just not feeling it.”
The song, which premieres below, appears on the 'Nashville' and 'Outer Banks' actor's debut album.
....Written with Sam Bacicoﬀ, Zarni deVette, and Elise Hayes, the deeply personal power ballad is the first taste of Esten’s debut album, which he will release later this year.
The departing performer tells The Hollywood Reporter about alternate versions written for that fateful scene and the mixed emotions in exiting the popular Netflix series....
How did you feel about season three and the ways in which Ward got to evolve?
It’s been very gratifying to me because it’s not often that the bad guy gets any kind of emotional arc. But from the very beginning, they put it in the lines, and they allowed me to run wild with it, is that other side of Ward that makes people not exactly sure they hate him (laughs) — where they might just see a human being under there.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for “Outer Banks” Season 3.
In the first three seasons of Netflix’s “Outer Banks,” the Pogues — the moniker adopted by a close-knit group of working-class teens residing off the coast of North Carolina — have survived near-fatal drownings, plane crashes, car chases, animal attacks, fiery explosions, countless gunshots and other brushes with greedy treasure hunters looking to cash in on their international search for an ancient fortune.
So when they set out to wrap up a three-season, 30-episode mystery involving the mythical city of gold known as El Dorado, co-creators and executive producers Josh Pate, Jonas Pate and Shannon Burke were prepared to swing for the fences.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Outer Banks season 3.
Towards the end of the finale, Sarah’s father, Ward (Charles Esten), in a rare act of selflessness, pays the ultimate price to save her from a vengeful bodyguard. How did you want to play those final moments between Sarah and Ward?
[The writers] had written for Ward to fall backwards off the cliff, and Ward saving Sarah and the Pogues as an active decision was actually a Chip call [meaning it came from Esten]. Chip felt like it was way more poetic if that was the way Ward went. And I felt like he was spot on because it only seemed right that the one time Ward showed up for Sarah without any ill intent or underlying malice was the one time that it killed him....
Charles Esten surprised fans by announcing “One Good Move,” the first single off his independent debut album, while live on CBS’s The Talk. The single, releasing March 3, marks the beginning of a new chapter for the artist-songwriter and actor, a decade after arriving in Nashville.
The Outer Banks set is a magical place to be! ET's Will Marfuggi spoke to Charles Esten at the show's season 3 premiere in Los Angeles Thursday night where he spoke about the immediate bond amongst the cast.
"It's funny, because whenever it has popped, whenever something has happened, I promise you, I always feel a certain magic around it -- I can't put my finger on what it was. In this case, it was the chemistry of the kids," Esten shared. "It was that very first table read. I felt like, I thought maybe they had known each other a long, long time but it turned out they had just met. But that bond, I go, 'I would watch that.'"
(Esten) wrote one of the band’s most popular original songs, called “Walk the Bridge,” about the lore of the Crim Dell bridge. Puskar recalled the first time the band played it together: “All of a sudden, the song just comes alive all around me, in their fingertips and in their playing. That was a life-changing moment for me. It set me down the path of where I am today.”
On Friday, Esten returns to another regular gig in town: his annual "Light the Late Night" concert at 3rd & Lindsley, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It immediately follows the organization's "Light the Night" walk and festival, happening Friday night at First Horizon Park.
For this year's concert, Esten is performing alongside "Nashville" castmates Clare Bowen ("Scarlett O'Connor" on the show) and Jonathan Jackson ("Avery Barkley").
The “Outer Banks” star talks about his music, his family and his Virginia roots
Pleasant applause greeted Charles Esten last year when he strode across the stage of Bristol’s Paramount Theater. The star of television’s “Nashville” and Netflix’ “Outer Banks” greeted the audience in kind.
By show’s end, pleasant applause was replaced by a lustrous and quite colossal reception. Attendees loved Esten and his music.
Now he’s returning. See Esten’s sophomore visit to the Paramount Bristol Theater in Bristol, Tennessee, Saturday, July 30.
Whether he’s doing comedy improv, acting, or performing his own songs before a live audience Charles ‘Chip’ Estenis thankful he’s been able to carve out a career in the entertainment industry. “Music is where I got my start. I was the lead singer in a band in college. Not long after graduation I was cast as the lead in a play about Buddy Holly. I guess I’ve always wanted to be a performer.”
Having stayed busy since that first musical stage production more than three decades ago Esten admits to being blessed. “I was kind of fortunate early on. That (Buddy Holly play) was not only a whole lot of acting experience on stage but involved a lot of music....
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Song was premiered on the Opry stage
CMT Next Woman of Country, Julie Cole and singer/songwriter/actor Charles Esten have released upbeat duet, “Worst Day,” to all streaming services. The song, as Esten explains, is “a flat-out banger about the joy of having that special someone you love beside you in the good times, and even more especially, in the hard times.”
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A beloved Nashville comedian, musician and actor continues to use his fame for philanthropy, and it’s adding up big time.
Charles “Chip” Esten tells me, “God uses people sometimes to answer prayers.” He’s raised $1.5 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society in just under a decade while living in the Nashville area.