Charles Esten

Besides being a recurring cast member on ABC’s Whose Line Is It Anyway, Esten’s many television credits include recurring roles on “Big Love,” “Enlightened,” “The Office” and “ER.” He is the father on Disney Channel’s “Jessie”. His film credits include “Swing Vote,” “Thirteen Days,” “61*” and “The Postman.” While on "Nashville”, Esten has been honored to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman Auditorium. Many of the songs he has performed as Deacon are available on the five very successful "Nashville" soundtracks that have been released to date.

The Nashville Symphony

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 19 recordings on Naxos, which have received 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® Awards, making NSO one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 140 performances annually, the 85-member orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops, jazz and children’s concerts.

 

The Henningsens

The Henningsens is: Brian Henningsen (bass, guitar, vocals) – family patriarch and father of 10 including eldest son Aaron (guitar, vocals) and daughter Clara (lead vocals, guitar). Their hit debut single was “American Beautiful,” an American spirit story wrapped up in a love song that’s a window into the unlikely story of a group whose musical journey has been anything but typical. It’s their gift for songwriting that first began turning heads in Nashville, most notably on the Platinum-certified debut by The Band Perry, who scored big with “You Lie,” written by Aaron, Clara, and Brian, and the two-week #1 smash, “All Your Life,” penned by Brian and Clara. “If you can touch somebody emotionally and say something that’s actually worth saying, then you’ve done your job as a songwriter and an artist,” Brian says, “and that’s really our biggest goal.”

Tracy Lawrence

Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard Top 10 chart with 18 Number One singles, selling over 13 million albums. The Arkansas native burst on the scene in 1991 with the Platinum-selling album Sticks and Stones. It sold more than two million copies and spawned four consecutive Number One hits. Tracy was Billboard’s Top New Male Vocalist in 1992. The following year, Performance named him New Country Artist of the Year and the Academy of Country Music honored him as Top New Male Vocalist. Country Weekly gave him top awards in 1995 and 1996, and both the CMA and ACM gave him 2007 statuettes for his Number One smash “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” His latest album Headlights, Taillights and Radios released in August 2013 and features some of his most progressive music to date. 

The Willis Clan

Some families go for quantity, some go for quality. But the Willis Clan asks, is it too much to ask for both? Featured on America’s Got Talent on NBC, The Willis Clan is a family like you have never seen. Parents Brenda and Toby and their 12 home-schooled children are a family of musicians, dancers, athletes, artists and writers living in Nashville, Tennessee. The Willis children began their venture into the arts with Riverdance and Irish music. They then learned pop, country, bluegrass and jazz. In 2012, the Willis kids won The Fleadh, which is the World’s Championship in Irish Music in Cavan, Ireland. According to Toby, “We have chosen to take paths less traveled, and love it. We hope to share a little of this joy and adventure with everybody we meet.”