Charles Esten Puskar III
Charles Esten II
College of William and Mary
T.C Williams High School
Charles Esten was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Alexandria, Virginia when he was nine years old. He attended T.C. Williams High School where he played football. He then went on to William and Mary College to study economics. In college, Charles was part of a fraternity and music was mainly a side hobby. He was also a part of a band on the side and after school moved to London for his theatrical debut in the musical Buddy.
Esten got his big break, mainly as an actor before transitioning into music. He has appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Star Trek, Married…With Children, Jessie, and most noteably Nashville. In 2012 Esten was cast as country heartthrob Deacon Clayborne and was a series regular now for six years. The show gave him the opportunity to showcase his musical talent and record solo records as well as songs with co-stars Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Lennon & Maisy and Clare Bowen. Today he continues to play country music and his song "Through the Blue" has over 5 million plays on Spotify.