'Nashville' Alum Charles Esten Signs With APA for Music

Christie Goodwin
Charles Esten

Life imitates art.

Nashville alum Charles Esten has signed with APA's concerts division for music representation, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Since starring as bandleader Deacon Claybourne on the ABC-turned-CMT country music drama, Esten has taken the stage as a musical artist IRL hundreds of times, including three Nashville in Concert shows at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In January, Esten finished his first sold-out 12-city solo tour through the U.K. and the Netherlands, with standing-room-only shows in Germany. His festival performances include C2C in London, CMC in Australia, Stagecoach in California and CMA in Nashville, and he also has performed at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Café, Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry venues. Esten plans to return to the U.K. for a show in October.

In August, Esten set a Guinness World Record for most consecutive weeks to release an original digital single after his #EverySingleFriday campaign hit 54 straight weeks. All 54 of his original songs, which have already been streamed almost 8 million times, are available on iTunes and Spotify.

The Virginia native made his acting debut as a musician, portraying Buddy Holly in the musical Buddy on the West End. His other credits include recurring roles on Disney Channel's Jessie, HBO's Enlightened and Big Love and NBC's ER, as well as the features Swing Vote, Thirteen Days and The Postman. Esten will next be seen as a regular on Netflix's upcoming YA drama Outer Banks and as a recurring player on TNT's Tell Me a Story.

Esten, who serves as national honorary spokesperson for the blood cancer awareness organization Light the Night Walk, continues to be repped by Artists & Representatives for theatrical and by manager Patty Puskar and the law firm Loeb & Loeb in Nashville.