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Thursday, October 19, 2017


CMT Nashville star comes face to face with Madame Tussauds wax figure at local charity event.

October 30, 2017:  Renowned actor, singer and songwriter and current star of the hit CMT’s Nashville, Charles Esten, came face to face with his incredibly detailed wax figure at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville during a special charity event on 19th October. Esten was on hand to support Karaoke for a Cure created by his Team Addie, which raised funds for The Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society.  This event served as a kick-off to the Light the Night Tennessee event on October 20th. “My daughter Addie is herself a leukemia survivor.  She has been healthy and cancer-free for over fifteen beautiful years, and this summer helped her Tennessee Soccer Club team win the U18 National Championship!  She is why I am honored to represent The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help raise more funds for the life-saving research and patient family services LLS provides.” quoted Esten.

The wax figure depicts the star as his beloved character Deacon Clayborn from the hit show Nashville and is dressed in an iconic ‘Deacon’ costume that was donated direct from the shows costume department. A replica of his actual guitar was created along with his custom signature ‘Deacon’ leather guitar strap. Completing the guitar are also the specially created guitar picks which have ‘Rayna’ etched to ensure an authentic look. “It was my idea to add the Rayna pick”, said Chip proudly. 

Charles met with the talented team of artist in May 2016, who flew over from London to White Avenue Studios in Nashville for the all-important sitting. Hundreds of photos and measurements were taken during a 2 hour sitting to ensure an authentic representation in wax.

“I am completely bowled over – I never thought in a million years that I would someday be in a Madame Tussauds attraction. The figure is absolutely incredible – down to the last detail. It just shows the power that the show has, and this Figure really is a testament to the amazing fans we have. I definitely would not have a wax Deacon without their love and support” said Esten.

Kelly Field General Manager at Madame Tussauds Nashville commented “We were thrilled to be working with the team at Karaoke for a Cure and Hard Rock Cafe and to bring the amazing Figure of Deacon to this event. Since opening in April 2017, we have been committed to supporting local events such this.  In addition, the show Nashville has showcased the authentic music experience only the city of Nashville delivers.  We welcome visitors coming in to the attraction just to see Deacon. 

The Figure is displayed within a specially created Bluebird Cafe setting within the attraction in Opry Mills, and is accompanied along with the Figure of Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton.

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About Madame Tussauds Nashville

Madame Tussauds Nashville attraction is a new interactive wax experience where guests have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world's biggest musical icons. Built to honor Music City and its deep roots into America’s history, Madame Tussauds will host visitors from across the globe as they enjoy a historical walk through America’s musical past and present with vivid scenes supporting the colorful cast of figures. Conveniently located within Opry Mills Mall across the street from the Grand Ole Opry.


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About Merlin Entertainments plc

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 100 attractions, 13 hotels and 5 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to its more than 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its c.27,000 employees (peak season). Visit for more information.