Last weekend, Charles Esten shared a brand new single with fans – ‘Sweet Summer Saturday Night’ (listen here). Having been scheduled to play the arena main stage at the postponed C2C Festival in the UK & Ireland earlier this year along with tour dates throughout the summer, the singer-songwriter, actor and performer has instead been performing regular weekly online Quarantine Live Stream concerts to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as part of his ongoing work with Light The Night in honour of his daughter Addie, who survived leukemia when she was 2 1/2 years old and will celebrate her 21st birthday this October, having been healthy and cancer-free for over 17 years. Esten and Team Addie have raised over $1m for LLS to date – more info here: bit.ly/TeamAddie2020.
Discussing the new track, he said: “As we near the end of a summer that wasn’t very sweet, this song is a musical memory of those summer Saturday nights that were.” It follows his previous standalone single ‘A Road And A Radio’, released just before starting a headline tour of the UK in October 2019, with sold-out dates across the country, culminating in his biggest headline show yet, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Additionally, Esten is currently starring as Ward Cameron in the new Netflix hit series Outer Banks, which premiered in April 2020 and has been renewed for a second season. He also appeared along with Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, Garth Brooks and more in the Bluebird movie, released to stream in the UK earlier this month. As he told GQ last year, the first time he went to Nashville he had agreed twice to sing at the famous venue, but “even though I had bought tickets, both times I had to cancel because of acting jobs.” Eventually, one of the first scenes he filmed as lead character Deacon Claybourne on the Nashville TV show was “sitting in the round in the actual Bluebird with a great country star Pam Tillis across from me and on the other side of the room was Hayden Panettiere playing Juliette Barnes.”
The new single, ‘Sweet Summer Saturday Night‘ is out now to stream/download worldwide.