CHARLES ESTEN SETS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ TITLE for the Most Consecutive Weeks To Release An Original Digital Single By A Music Act



NEW YORK (JULY 25, 2018) — Following his performance of “Halfway Home” this morning on NBC’s TODAY, Charles Esten was presented a certificate for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Most consecutive weeks to release an original digital single by a music act.  

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title reflects his #EverySingleFriday campaign which started July 15, 2016 and ended on July 21, 2017. The campaign yielded 54 original songs that Charles wrote (or co-wrote), recorded, and released every single Friday since the campaign began.

Charles said, “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.’ 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.”

“While growing up in Northern Virginia, I (like everyone else I knew) was more than a little obsessed with the fascinating and inspiring GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS edition of amazing benchmarks. Right now, It’s almost impossible for me to imagine that my #EverySingleFriday project, a true passion project that started with the most humble of goals — to share my music — has earned a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. I am deeply honored and extremely grateful.”

“Halfway Home” — the song he performed this morning on NBC’s TODAY — was #29 of the 54 songs in his #EverySingleFriday series. All songs are available at iTunes, Spotify and Pandora and on physical CD via

This GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title comes on the heels of Charles’ 100th performance on the Grand Ole Opry last Friday night, July 20. Tonight he performs at New York City’s “City Winery,” and tomorrow he plays "City Winery” in Boston. Both shows are SOLD OUT.

His Boston concert takes place at approximately the same time as the airing of the CMT series finale of “Nashville” (8pm/ET). In honor of the occasion, Charles plans to pause his concert, tune in to CMT and watch the final season’s final episode, with friends and fans.  

Charles will continue to tour, write and record while he also travels to New Orleans to film a new, recurring role on TNT’s, “Tell Me Your Secrets.”

To download Charles’ #EverySingleFriday tracks, please visit Apple Music.

For tour dates and other special appearances, visit and follow him on social media: Twitter @CharlesEsten, Facebook @OfficialCharlesEsten, Instagram @charles_esten.  

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About Charles Esten
Charles Esten stars on "Nashville" in the role of Deacon Claybourne.  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 has performed 100 live shows over the course of the last year, all while filming "Nashville" 10 months out of the year.  He has performed at CMA Fest, Stagecoach, the C2C Festival in London, the CMC Festival in Australia, the Ryman, the Bridgestone, Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Royal Albert Hall, the O2, and the Grand Ole Opry — where he performed his 100th Opry show, 
July 20th.   

This summer, Charles kicked off the long-running CMA Fest from Nissan Stadium in Nashville and he has just returned from headlining his first solo shows in Germany.

In addition to his role on “Nashville,” he has appeared in many films and television shows, including "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" "The Office,” hosted the 2017 CMT Awards, and recently confirmed a recurring role on TNT’s “Tell Me Your Secrets.”

A singer and songwriter who began performing on stage when he was in college, last year Charles became the only artist ever to release 54 consecutive songs via his #EverySingleFriday project (July 2016 - July 2017). His songs are all available on iTunes, and on Spotify, where his music has been streamed worldwide over 7.9 million times.

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.

About Guinness World Records 
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"Nashville" star Charles Esten performs "Halfway Home" live on TODAY:  As the show “Nashville” approaches its series finale, star Charles Esten joins the fourth hour to perform his song, “Halfway Home” live. Plus, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb surprise Charles Esten by letting him know that he is now a Guinness World Records holder!  

Here's a link to the performance and presentation:


Charles Esten is presented a certificate for his GUINNESS WORLD RECORD by GUINNESS WORLD RECORD adjucator Alex Angert, this morning following his performance on NBC's TODAY.  
Pictured R-L: Alex Angert, Kathie Lee Gifford, Charles Esten, Hoda Kotb. (Photo credit: Nathan Congleton / NBCNews)

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