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Jensen performing at Jus In Bello Italy 2010
Jensen in the video clip for Angeles from Steve Carlson's "Sharing The Covers" album


When Jensen was growing up, his mother played the piano, and his father played the guitar. However, guitar was the instrument Jensen preferred.[1]

Jensen counts a number of musicians amongst his circle of friends - Jason Manns, Steve Carlson and Christian Kane.

Jensen talking about singing and music:

Recordings and Performances

On Screen


On the show, Dean has broken out in song on a number of occasions - the joke being that Dean is a terrible singer. For more on Dean's musical tastes see this article about the music of Supernatural.




  • Bell Biv DeVoe’s ‘Do Me!’ in the season 3 gag reel (video)
  • Miming to 'Eye Of The Tiger' by Survivor. (video). This aired after 4.06 Yellow Fever. This was entirely spontaneous on Jensen's part. It was set up when Jared decided not to give Jensen his cue to stop, and decided to see what would happen. Luckily, director Philip Sgriccia kept the cameras rolling.[2]






  • Bob Seger's 'Night Moves' as Dean Winchester (video)



  • Kansas' 'Carry On Wayward Son' (video), and Survivor's 'Eye of the Tiger' (video) at the Mardi Gras Baccus coronation.

Mr. Rhodes

Jensen's first on-screen performances were during his 8-episode stint on the sitcom Mr. Rhodes.

  • In S01E17, he sang 'You Are So Beautiful' by Joe Cocker. (video)
Days of Our Lives

Jensen's first studio-recorded performance was recorded during his time on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

  • On the album Soap Sessions: Vol. 3, he sang backing vocals on a cover of The Beatles' 'Saw Her Standing There' with co-star Roark Critchlow. (listen here)

Dark Angel
  • For S02E11 of Dark Angel, Jensen learned 8 bars of Chopin’s Etude No. 3 in E Major for piano that his character Alec had to play. (video) Although it had been planned to completely use shots of a professional musician playing the piece, Jensen's playing was so good they also used it for most of the final cut.[1]

The Boys
  • 'Rapture’ by Blondie as Soldier Boy in S03E04 is done in the style of William Shatner who famously did a cover of 'Common People' by Pulp. (video) The Blondie official Twitter account responded gleefully to the clip.






In 2013, Louden Swain began performing at conventions between the guest panels leading to spontaneous performances by Jensen during his panels or at the Saturday Night Special Concerts.



  • Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s ‘Wagon Wheel’ (video), and Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ (video) with Jason Manns, Richard Speight Jr., and Rob Benedict at Jailbreak.



  • David Allan Coe's 'Tennessee Whiskey', The Allman Brothers' 'Whipping Post', and Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s ‘Wagon Wheel’ with Jason Manns and Louden Swain (video) at Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2017.
  • Katy Perry's 'Firework' (video), Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Simple Man' with Rob Benedict and Jason Manns (video), NEEDTOBREATHE's 'Brother' with Rob Benedict and Jason Manns (video), Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show's 'Wagon Wheel' with Gil McKinney, Briana Buckmaster, Sasha Roiz, Rob Benedict, and Jason Manns (video), and The Band's 'The Weight' with Gil McKinney, Briana Buckmaster, Sasha Roiz, Rob Benedict, and Jason Manns (video) at the Orion club concert after Jus In Bello Italy 2017.


  • The Eagles' 'Seven Bridges Road', NEEDTOBREATHE's 'Brother', The Band's 'Up On Cripple Creek', Pure Prairie League's 'Amie', The Band's 'The Weight', and Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s 'Wagon Wheel' with Quattro Formaggio at the post-Jus In Bello Italy 2018 concert. (video)


  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's 'Shallow' with Briana Buckmaster (video), The Allman Brothers' 'Whipping Post' (video), The Eagles' 'Seven Bridges Road' (video), Bob Dylan's 'Wagon Wheel' (video), Soggy Bottom Boys' 'Man of Constant Sorrow' (video), The Band's 'The Weight' (video) with Louden Swain, Richard Speight Jr., and Jason Manns. The Beatles' 'Come Together' and The Doobie Brothers' 'Long Train Running' with all the guests (video) at the post-Jus In Bello Italy 2019 concert.




  • Bad Company's 'Feel Like Makin' Love' with Steve Carlson and Louden Swain (video), Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' and The Beatles' 'Helter Skelter' with Louden Swain, Steve Carlson, and the rest of the con guests (video), and Bob Seger's 'Real Mean Bottle' with Steve Carlson and Louden Swain (video) at Salute to Supernatural Kansas City 2022


  • The Black Crowes' 'She Talks to Angels', Josh Turner's 'Your Man', The Band's 'The Weight', The Eagles' 'Take It Easy', and Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' (video) at the post-Jus In Bello Italy 2023 concert


  • The Eagles' 'Seven Bridges Road', The Red Clay Strays' 'Wondering Why', Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s ‘Wagon Wheel’, The Beatles' 'Come Together', The Band's 'The Weight', and Pure Prairie League's 'Amie' with Quattro Formaggio (video) at the post-Jus In Bello Italy 2024 concert

With other artists

With Jason Manns

In addition to their convention performances, Jensen has also recorded with Jason Manns.

  • In 2014, Jason recorded an album Christmas with Friends on which Jensen sings 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.(audio)
    • On Christmas Eve that year, Jensen joined Jason for a streaming Stageit concert, filmed at Jensen's home in LA.(video).
  • In 2016, Jason released another album in his "...with Friends" series called Covers with Friends. Jensen sang The Bands' 'The Weight' with Gil McKinney, Richard Speight Jr., and Rob Benedict (audio). And also covered Lynryd Skynyrd's 'Simple Man' (audio).
  • In 2018, Jason released a third album in his "...with Friends" series called Recovering with Friends. Jensen sang Steve Miller Band's 'The Joker' with Jason (audio), The Band's 'Up On Cripple Creek' with Mark Pellegrino, Rob Benedict, Richard Speight Jr. and Jason Manns (audio), and James Gang's 'Funk 49' with Jason (audio).

Jensen and the Impalas

With Steve Carlson

Steve and Jensen on stage in Portland
  • Jensen sang harmonies on "Come around more Alabama" (Spot in the Corner), as well as backing vocals on "Hummingbird Billy", "Rocking Chair" and "Wasted Jamie" (Rollin' On). Jason Manns supported Jensen's backing vocals on "Rollin' On".
  • Jensen helped co-write two songs on Steve's April 2008 record, "Stripped Down", namely "Where my River flows" and "Love you or leave you".
  • Steve did an online Stageit concert on 31 Aug 2011 and said the guitar he was playing belonged to Jensen.
  • Danneel posted a photo on twitter of Steve and Jensen playing together.
  • Steve did an online StageIt concert with Jonah Dolan on 27 November 2011 and near the end Jensen joined them by playing the guitar.
  • Jensen sang lead vocal and played guitar while Steve played mandolin on the song "Angeles" on Steve Carlson's album "Sharing the Covers" released in September 2012. Hear a sample of Jensen singing "Angeles". The album is available from iTunes or Amazon. Jensen talked about it at his Meet&Greet at the Dallas 2012 con. This interview with Steve is about recording and singing with Jensen. This report with Steve talks about the album and explains why "Angeles" is only available for purchase as part of the album - because credit for that single song would have been reported as belonging to Steve and neither of them thought that was fair. The song was recorded in Vancouver, in the Supernatural ADR (sound recording) van. There is a free YouTube video for the song which was edited by Steve and part of which was recorded by Jared on his iPhone. Jensen says that Steve talked him into doing the video because Steve said 'why don’t we just shoot something, because you know that if we don’t, they’re (the fans) gonna take the song and just compile their own music video on YouTube'. source. It's one of several videos on Steve's YouTube channel.
  • Steve's latest album Different Town comes out Nov 5th, 2012. The album notes say Steve wrote the title song with Jensen in Italy.

Radio Company

Based in Austin, Texas, Radio Company was formed in 2018 as a collaboration between Jensen Ackles and Steve Carlson.

  • Their first album, Volume 1 was released on November 8, 2019. A song from the album, "Sounds of Someday" was used in 15.04 Atomic Monsters which Jensen also directed. The album reached 151 on the US Billboard 200, and at number 18 on the US Top Rock Albums chart.
  • Their second album, Volume 2 was released on May 7, 2021. A music video for "City Grown Willow" - shot by Steve and Jensen - was released on April 2, 2021
  • Their third album, Keep On Ramblin' was released on February 24, 2023.
  • A live album of their Analog concert, Radio Company - Live from Nashville was released on June 14, 2023.