Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Overstreet in 2011
Born Chord Paul Overstreet
(1989-02-17) February 17, 1989
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Actor
  • singer
  • musician
  • composer
Years active 2009–present

Musical career

Genres Pop, country
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Island, Safehouse

Chord Paul Overstreet (born February 17, 1989)[1] is an American actor, singer and musician, known for his role as Sam Evans on the television series Glee. On August 26, 2016, he released his debut single "Homeland" through Island and Safehouse Records.

Early life

Chord Overstreet was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to hairdresser Julie Miller and country music singer-songwriter Paul Overstreet.[2] He has an older brother, Nash Overstreet, who plays guitar in the band Hot Chelle Rae,[3][4] an older sister, Summer, and three younger sisters, Harmony, Skye and Charity.[5][6][7] He is of German, Irish, and English descent.[8][9] He was named after the musical term of the same name.[6] Overstreet was raised on a farm outside of Nashville.[10] Encouraged by his parents to pursue music, he started playing the mandolin at an early age, and moved on to the drums, flute, piano, and guitar.[8][11] He is also a songwriter.[6] In his teenage years, Overstreet modeled for advertisements for Hollister, Famous Footwear and Gap.[12]


Early beginnings and Glee

Overstreet began to pursue his passion of performing after his high school graduation in 2007. After two unsuccessful years, Overstreet started his acting career on the web series Private as Josh Hollis.[13] He was also featured in an episode of iCarly titled "iSpeed Date" and starred in the unaired pilot of No Ordinary Family.[11][14] His first film role was that of Teenage Boy in the 2009 thriller The Hole, and he starred in the 2011 film A Warrior's Heart as Dupree, alongside Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz.[14]

Overstreet as Sam Evans on the Glee Live! In Concert! tour

Overstreet played the character of Sam Evans, a transfer student and athlete, on the FOX comedy-drama television series Glee.[11][15][16] He landed the role after auditioning with the Commodores' song "Easy" and Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want to Be".[6] He later sang "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars as a studio test, and eventually sang this in his debut episode titled "Audition". His cover of "Billionaire" was released as a single and charted at #15 in Ireland, #24 in Canada, #28 in the United States, and #34 in Australia.[17][18][19][20] On April 21, 2011, the video for Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" was released on YouTube and featured a series of cameos of Overstreet alternately making out with a girl (whom he stole from the lead singer) on an office copier, DJing at a club, then playing guitar and mugging for the crowd with his brother, Hot Chelle Rae band member, Nash.[21]

On July 1, 2011, TVLine's Michael Ausiello broke the news that Overstreet's contract option to become a series regular on Glee had not been picked up for season 3, but that he could possibly come back as an occasional guest star.[22] In reaction to the announcement, fans launched a campaign to promote Overstreet's cover of "Billionaire" and various tags related to the actor, most notably "#DontCutTheChord",[23] began trending on Twitter. The song made its way into the iTunes top 5 Glee charts during the campaign.[24]

At the 2011 Comic-Con event, Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk reported that they had offered Overstreet a ten-episode deal with a possibility to become a series regular at mid-season, but that Overstreet had declined the option.[25][26] Overstreet later stated to Ausiello during an interview that he had decided to leave the show to focus on his music career, explaining: "They offered me the chance to come back for a few episodes, but there was nothing guaranteed so I decided to dive into the music thing."[27] It was reported on October 18, 2011, and confirmed by series co-creator Ryan Murphy six days later, that Overstreet would be returning to Glee as a recurring character starting with the third season's eighth episode.[28] On July 23, 2012, it was confirmed that Overstreet would be a series regular for the fourth season of Glee, where he continued until the last season.[29]

2015-present: Music career

Chord has cited James Taylor, David Gray, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Hall & Oates as musicians that inspire him.[30] On December 15, 2015, Overstreet signed a recording contract with Safehouse Records, a record label founded by Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Phil McIntyre. He was the first artist to be signed to the label.[31] He opened for Lovato and Jonas on several tour dates of their Future Now Tour in summer 2016.[32]

On August 26, 2016, Chord released his first official solo single, "Homeland", through Island Records and Safehouse Records.[33] A music video for the song premiered through Billboard on October 7, 2016.[34] In a September 2016 interview with the Huffington Post, Overstreet revealed that he was working on an EP, yet to be released.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Hole Adam
2011 A Warrior's Heart Dupree
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Evans, SamSam Evans Concert film
2015 4th Man Out Nick


Year Title Role Notes
2009 iCarly Eric Episode: "iSpeed Date"
2009 Private Josh Hollis 11 episodes
2010 No Ordinary Family Lucas Fisher Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2010–15 Glee Sam Evans 91 episodes
2011 The Middle Ralph Wilkerson Episode: "Hecking Order"
2013 Regular Show Dusty B (voice) Episode: "The Thanksgiving Special"
2015 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Mitchell (voice) Episode: "Mystery 101"

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2010 "Lucky (Glee)" Jason Mraz
2011 "Tonight Tonight" Hot Chelle Rae
2016 "Bacon" Nick Jonas



Year Title Album
2016 "Homeland" Non-album single



Opening act

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Glee Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Favorite Breakout Star Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Glee: The Music, Volume 4 Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Glee Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Male Scene Stealer Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated

See also


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  16. Malkin, Marc (August 10, 2010). "New Glee Star Chord Overstreet Wants to "Beat It"". E!. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
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  31. Elizabeth, De. ""Glee"'s Chord Overstreet Drops Video For Debut Single "Homeland"". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
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