Chord Overstreet: Crooner follows father’s footsteps

Youth Impact Report 2010: Up Next

The son of country music singer-songwriter Paul Overstreet, Chord began his career by following in his father’s footsteps as a Nashville-based musician. By his mid-teens, he had started acting, with guest roles on the Web series “Private” and Nickelodeon’s “iCarly.” But he’s about to find a whole new level of exposure by blending both his talents. Now 21, Overstreet was recently added to Fox’s blockbuster musical series “Glee” as football player Sam Evans.

“It’s crazy,” Overstreet said about his experiences on “Glee” so far. “The day after I found out I booked it, I went straight into the studio. It’s constant work, which is good. My life changed dramatically, and it’s intense. But I’m having a blast. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Rumors swirled all summer that the character might come out later in the season, though nothing has been confirmed. What is certain is that Overstreet’s other new project is action film “Warrior,” which co-stars “Twilight” stars Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene and will be released next year.

After that? “A couple of movies or some albums, I don’t know,” Overstreet says. “I just want to keep moving forward and keep progressing in the direction I’m going now.”