Charles Esten has achieved a Guinness World Records title. The “Nashville” actor and singer has released the most digital singles by an artist for the most consecutive weeks, according to Guinness World Records.
On July 15, 2016, Charles launched his #EverySingleFriday campaign where he released 54 original songs each week until July 21, 2017. Each song was written or co-written by the singer, as well as recorded and released on Friday. The singer was presented a certificate for his Guinness World Record by Guinness World Record adjudicator Alex Angert on Wednesday morning (July 25) following his performance on NBC’s “Today.”
“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,’” he says in a statement. “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.”
A challenging task, Charles says it was also “incredibly fulfilling” to realize his final tally would be considered a Guinness World Records title.
“While growing up in Northern Virginia, I 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,” he adds. “I am deeply honored and extremely grateful.”
Charles’ may have some more down time to set another world record in the coming months when “Nashville” finishes filming for good. His role as Deacon Claybourne will be coming to a close on July 26 when the final episode airs on CMT at at 9PM.