Forthcoming Debut Album ‘Love Ain’t Pretty’ Out January 26th, 2024

New Single ‘Somewhere In The Sunshine’ Available Now

NASHVILLE, TN. / LONDON, U.K. – Multi-talented singer/songwriter and actor Charles Esten has today announced that he will be returning to the UK/Europe in April 2024, for headline shows in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

Commenting on his return to the UK and Europe, Esten shared, “Some of my earliest musical performances were way back in 1991 playing Buddy Holly in the hit West End musical ‘BUDDY’. That’s when I began my love affair with UK audiences who – quite literally – danced in the aisles. Four years ago, I was pretty heartbroken when the first COVID lockdowns meant that my debut C2C O2 Arena headline performance was to be cancelled, and ever since that day, I have been dreaming of and praying for a return to the UK. That dream first came true in October when I was blessed to be a part of the amazing Nashville Reunion Tour. Then, as that was successfully wrapping up, I received the confirmed schedule for my own return solo tour. And I damn near cried. I am chuffed, over the moon, and thrilled to bits to be returning to play my music in the country that for two magical years, I got my start in and called my home.”

Check out the full tour dates below – tickets on sale this Friday, November 24th. tickets for Uk dates are available here

Charles Esten’s 2024 UK/European Tour Dates:
Sat., 20 Apr. – Usher Hall | Edinburgh, UK
Mon., 22 Apr. – Royal Concert Hall | Glasgow, UK
Wed., 24 Apr. – The Glasshouse at TheSage | Gateshead, UK
Fri., 26 Apr. – Palladium | London, UK
Sat., 27 Apr. – O2 Academy | Bristol, UK
Mon., 29 Apr. – Lowry Lyric Theatre | Salford, UK
Tue., 30 Apr. – Town Hall | Birmingham, UK

Thu., 2 May – Tivoli/Vredenburg – Grote Zaal | Utrecht, Netherlands
Fri., 3 May – Fabrik | Hamburg, Germany
Sat., 4 May – Im Wizemann Halle | Stuttgart, Germany
Mon., 6 May – Circus Krone | Munich, Germany
Tue., 7 May – Carlswerk Victoria | Cologne, Germany
Thu., 9 May – DR Studio 2 | Copenhagen, Denmark
Fri., 10 May – Kulturkirken Jakob | Oslo, Norway

The tour will follow the January 26th release of his highly anticipated independent debut album, Love Ain’t Pretty, available to pre-save/pre-add here. A diverse and richly textured full-length project more than ten years in the making, the album began taking shape when Esten first arrived in Music City to play ‘Deacon Claybourne’ on ABC/CMT’s Nashville, and now showcases a singer-songwriter with a masterful grasp of the full human condition.

Esten explores life, love, and the passing of time through the lens of a travelled and tested everyman, who has never lost his innate sense of wonder, or his wide-open soul over the course of all fourteen songs. Working in tandem with hitmakers like Jon Nite, Eric Paslay, Gary Burr, Leslie Satcher, and more, Esten co-wrote all tracks on the forthcoming album. Vividly detailed and filled with the emotional daring of a celebrated storyteller – both onscreen and onstage – Charles dives into wide-ranging themes of earth-shattering romance, big-picture reflection, and more.

Love Ain’t Pretty, produced by Marshall Altman (Frankie Ballard, Marc Broussard, Matt Nathanson) to sculpt a calm, controlled, and beautifully contoured sound, blending the forward momentum of Country Rock with Rootsy small-town charm, and a warm, soulful vocal, is a culmination of a lifetime of growth, and like its title suggests, it hasn’t always been pretty, but it has been a beautiful ride. Five of the fourteen brand-new tracks, ‘Somewhere In The Sunshine, ‘One Good Move’, ‘A Little Right Now’, ‘In A Bar Somewhere’, and ‘Down The Road’ (feat. Eric Paslay) are all available to download/stream now.


1. ‘Love Ain’t Pretty(Charles Esten, Marshall Altman, Jimmy Yeary)

2. ‘A Little Right Now (Charles Esten, Jacob Lyda, Brian Maher)

3. ‘One Good Move(Charles Esten, Sam Backoff, Zarni deVette, Elise Hayes)

4. ‘In A Bar Somewhere(Charles Esten, Jason Gantt, Neil Medley)

5. ‘I Ain’t(Charles Esten, Brad Crisler, James LeBlanc)

6. ‘Another Song About You’  (Charles Esten, Colin Elmore)

7. ‘When Love Ain’t Love (Charles Esten, Jeffrey East)

8. ‘Candlelight(Charles Esten, Kenny Alphin, Eric Paslay)

9. ‘Back In My Life Again(Charles Esten, Marcus Hummon, Bryan Todd)

10. ‘Make You Happy’  (Charles Esten, Gary Burr, Jon D’Agostino)

11. ‘Willing To Try(Charles Esten, Gary Burr)

12. ‘Maybe I’m Alright’  (Charles Esten, Leslie Satcher)

13. ‘Down The Road (feat. Eric Paslay)(Charles Esten, Eric Paslay, Dylan Altman)

14. ‘Somewhere In The Sunshine(Charles Esten, Jon Nite)

All Songs Produced by Marshall Altman

Multi-talent Charles Esten is a global entertainer. Known for his roles as Ward Cameron on the Netflix hit show Outer Banks and Deacon Claybourne in ABC/CMT’s Nashville, the artist-songwriter introduces his independent debut album, Love Ain’t Pretty, on January 26, 2024. Already totalling over 14 million streams for his music to date, Esten is a 2018 Guinness World Records title holder for the “Most consecutive weeks to release an original digital single by a music act” after delivering 54 original songs once a week for 54 straight weeks.
He’s made over 160 appearances at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry and performed multiple headline tours in the U.S., Germany, Amsterdam, and U.K., including at famed venues like the Royal Albert Hall. In 2023, Esten returned to the stage with select Nashville cast members for NASHVILLE – The Reunion Tour with sold-out dates in the U.S. and U.K., which the Birmingham Mail described as “an evening of feel-good fun,” with the Daily Mirror praising an “impressive set of show classics and solo material.” In April/May 2024, he’ll take Love Ain’t Pretty on the road in the UK & Europe for thirteen solo headline shows.
In addition, Esten serves as the National Honorary Spokesperson for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night Walk, and is a board member and volunteer for Musicians On Call.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |  TikTok

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