Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Charles “Chip” Esten grew up in Alexandria, VA. After starting his acting career in Los Angeles, he was pleased to make his theatrical debut in London, portraying Buddy Holly in the hit West End musical “Buddy.” In that role, he was honored to perform for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth and then, for President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush at both The Kennedy Center and The White House.
Esten currently stars in the hit television series “NASHVILLE” in the role of Deacon Claybourne. While on “Nashville”, Esten has been honored to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, the historic Ryman Auditorium, and Blue Bird Café, as well as headlining last year’s St. Jude Country Music Marathon Concert at the Bridgestone Arena. He starred in the 2014, 2015 , and 2016 “NASHVILLE in Concert” tour with sold out shows across the US and the UK.
He is a featured artist on the nine very successful “Nashville” soundtracks that have been released to date, two of which include “I Know How to Love You Now” which he co-wrote with Deana Carter. Last summer Esten released his first independent single, “Hot One” which is available on iTunes. He is looking forward to releasing more of his own music in the near future.
He is proud to serve as the National Light the Night Walk Honorary Chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Esten and his wife have two daughters and a son.