With the finale of Nashville airing on CMT in America tonight , Charles Esten has had a busy time but that’s not even the half of it.
Remember back in July of 2016 when he made the announcement promising to release a new single every Friday for “as long as it made sense?” Well, it made sense for an entire year, with his campaign, #EverySingleFriday, yielding 54 original songs that he either wrote or co-wrote, recorded and released each Friday.
“At the time, I had no idea how it would go, or how long I could do it,” he said in a statement.
“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 that an EP or album.”
And now that outlet has landed him a Guinness World Record title.
ONE YEAR AGO I pledged to release a brand-new original song #everysinglefriday. I never imagined I'd be able to do it for this long, but here it is: #52!! My thanks to everybody who has been a part of this from the very beginning. And to those who've joined along the way!! #LONGHAUL Available now at the link in my profile!
Esten stopped by NBC’s Today show to perform “Halfway Home,” a song from his record-setting campaign. He’ll headline a sold-out show tonight (July 25) at New York’s City Winery before taking the stage for another sold-out show at City Winery in Boston on Thursday (July 26).
But if you think he’s gonna miss his final turn as Deacon tomorrow night, think again. Esten plans to pause his concert, tune into CMT and watch the series finale with fans and friends.
The final episode of Nashville starring Esten airs tomorrow night at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.