Chord Paul Overstreet (born February 17, 1989) is an American actor, singer and musician, known for his role as Sam Evans on the television series Glee.
Overstreet was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to hairdresser Julie Miller and country music singer-songwriter Paul Overstreet. He has an older brother, Nash Overstreet, who plays guitar in the band Hot Chelle Rae, an older sister, Summer, and three younger sisters, Harmony, Skye and Charity. He is of German, Irish, English, and “a little bit of Native American” descent. He was named after the musical term of the same name. Overstreet was raised on a farm outside of Nashville. 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. He is also a songwriter. In his teenage years, he modeled for advertisements for Famous Footwear and Gap.
1. I LOVE JOHN STAMOS. JOHN’S A REALLY FRIENDLY, COOL DUDE.
2. MY DAD IS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS IN NASHVILLE. I WAS THE THIRD CHILD BORN IN MY FAMILY, AND THERE ARE THREE NOTES IN A CHORD, SO THAT’S HOW THEY CAME UP WITH MY NAME.
3. I’VE BEEN PLAYING MUSIC SINCE I WAS BORN.
4. I GOT MY FIRST INSTRUMENT FOR CHRISTMAS WHEN I WAS THREE OR FOUR YEARS OLD. MY PARENTS GOT ME A MANDOLIN BECAUSE IT WAS THE ONLY INSTRUMENT THAT WOULD FIT ME BECAUSE I WAS SO SMALL. I WENT STRAIGHT FROM THAT INTO THE DRUMS WHEN I WAS SIX, AND THEN I STARTED PLAYING GUITAR WHEN I WAS SEVEN OR EIGHT.