#NowSpinning: Guiness World Record Holder Charles Esten

In 2016, the amazingly talented Charles Esten, who played Deacon Claybourne on the ABC hit series Nashville, started his #EverySingleFriday campaign. The campaign yielded 54 original songs that Esten wrote (or co-wrote), recorded, and released every single Friday for the length of the campaign.

“On July 1, 2016, I posted a video where I promised to put out a brand-new original single every single Friday for ‘as long as it made sense,” writes Esten, on his website. “At that time, I had no idea how it would go, or how long I could do it. I only knew that, as a lifelong songwriter, through my role as Deacon Claybourne on ‘Nashville’, I had found my way to Music City and, surrounded by some of the most talented people in the world, I was feeling a level of inspiration and creativity that needed a different kind of outlet than an EP or an album. I had no idea how challenging this project would be, or how incredibly fulfilling, or that a little over a year later, I would complete #EverySingleFriday with 54 original singles released. I certainly had NO idea that number would be considered a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title.”

On January 29, 2020, I caught our Virtuoso Ava Paige, doing a live performance with Charles Esten at the Bluebird Cafe. Ava, who has been battling leukemia, had just been released from the hospital. Ava and Charles performed the song they wrote together, the poignant “Even Jesus Cried.” 

I remembered Esten from watching Nashville, but had forgotten how much I loved his soulful voice. I immediately went to Amazon and purchased all 54 singles that Esten released during his #EverySingleFriday campaign, and have added them ALL to our licensed library here at #VWRadio. I wonder if doing this puts #VWRadio in that Guiness Book with Esten??

I spent all day listening to every single he released. Every tune is better than the last. Esten definitely deserves to be recognized for his songwriting prowess.

I’m hoping to see Charles “Chip” Esten perform live in Vail, Colorado on February 20th, and will cover it all in Virtuosity Worldwide Arts & Entertainment Magazine. 

Welcome to the #VWRadio Family Chip! To find out more about Charles Esten, visit his website: www.CharlesEsten.com and follow him on social media via the links below.