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Esten becomes "Like New"

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – "Nashville" TV show star Charles Esten released his first single, "Like New," today on Big Machine.

The musician and actor, who plays the role of Deacon Claybourne on ABC's "Nashville," will be on the show's upcoming soundtrack due in December. Produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, "Like New" officially impacts country radio today.

Esten will perform "Like New" on tonight's episode of "Nashville," highlighting how the lyrics penned by songwriters Sarah Zimmermann, Justin Davis and Jonathan Singleton offer solace following the death of his sister Beverly, who passed away after donating part of her liver to him. Deacon finds himself on stage in the bar where his sister was beloved by the locals and performed often. Zimmermann and Davis perform inthe duo Striking Matches.

"The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 4, Volume 1" drops Dec. 4 to digital retailers and Target. In partnership with Big Machine Records, Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Gaylord Entertainment. The Buddy Miller produced album contains 17 tracks. Cast members including Connie Britton (Rayna Jaymes), Hayden Panettiere (Juliet Barnes), and Esten as well as Steven Tyler who guest-starred earlier in the year, lend their voices to the songs.

The show airs Wednesdays at 10/9 central on ABC.

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