Guest Artist


"Every night at the Opry is an amazing, one-of-a-kind night." - Charles Esten

Charles Esten, 2018
Charles Esten and Chris Janson backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, 2018
Charles Esten and Pam Tillis, 2016
Charles Esten and Little Jimmy Dickens, 2013
Charles Esten and Clare Bowen, 2017
Charles Esten, 2017
Charles Esten, 2013
Charles Esten during his Opry debut, 2012
  • Charles Esten - Nashville Firsts & Favorites Charles Esten joins the Opry backstage to talk about his first experiences in the city of Nashville and at the Opry. Find out why he thinks Nashville is the gift that keeps on giving!
  • Charles Esten & The CMA Foundation at the Opry The Opry partnered with the CMA Foundation during "Cause For Applause" to give students from The Quest Center a chance to jam with Charles Esten backstage at the Opry. During the session, Esten teaches these students how to play "A Life That's Good" and he listens to one of their original songs.
  • Charles Esten Covers Lee Brice's "Boy" Charles Esten joined the Opry backstage for Radio Replay where he performed his own rendition of Lee Brice's hit song "Boy." The hit single from Brice's self-titled 4th studio album was written by Nicolle Gaylon and Jon Nite and peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart early in 2018.
  • Charles Esten - A Night At The Opry Charles Esten lets a camera follow him around backstage at the Opry before his performance in 2013. During this video he shares special moments from his previous performances and he gives fans an inside look at his night at the Opry!
  • Charles Esten - Take 5 Charles Esten answers a few fan questions backstage at the Opry including his favorite apps, the most-played song on his phone, and even the song he wishes he had written!


Charles Esten joins TNT Thriller "Tell Me Your Secrets"

Charles Esten Will Make His 100th Grand Ole Opry Appearance In July


Charles "Chip" Esten is an American actor, singer and comedian. Esten is best known for his role as Deacon Claybourne on CMT's Nashville.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Charles “Chip” Esten was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended T.C. Williams High School (made famous in the film “Remember the Titans.”) He then attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, where he graduated with a degree in economics and met his wife, Patty. While in Williamsburg, he was lead singer/songwriter in a popular local band.

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 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 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 hitmaking 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 improvisor. 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 fiance on the series finale of Married with Children. His film credits include Swing Vote, Thirteen Days, 61*, and The Postman.

While on Nashville, Esten has been honored to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman Auditorium. He was also thrilled to sing and officially "flip the switch" at the 2013 Graceland Christmas Lighting ceremony. Many of the songs he has performed as Deacon ("Undermine," "Sideshow," "Playin' Tricks," etc..) are available on the five very successful Nashville soundtracks that have been released to date.

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