Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles has always been a man of many talents. He’s played different versions of Dean Winchester, directed six episodes of the long-running CW series, and was Batman for Halloween. He's now adding musician to the list. Ackles recently directed the Season 15 episode, “Atomic Monsters,” and for the first time ever, the actor got the chance to show off his musical talents on the show.
Over the summer hiatus, Jensen Ackles recorded a debut album with friend and musician, Steve Carlsen, titled Radio Company Vol. 1. Ackles’ musical talents shouldn’t come as a surprise to long-time fans of Supernatural. The actor has been singing at conventions and has lent his vocals to many albums over the years.
Still, after 15 seasons of Supernatural, never has the actor been heard singing on the show. Well, not unless you count his spirited lip sync rendition of “Eye of the Tiger” back in Season 4. So, when Jensen Ackles was prepping to direct “Atomic Monsters,” the fourth episode of the show’s final season, he was asked if he wanted to include one of his songs in the episode.
Here’s how it went down, according to Jensen Ackles:
To be honest our editor inquired about it; he said, ‘I know you did some music over the break, do you think we could take anything and plug it in?’ I wasn’t angling for that, I wasn’t pushing that, and in fact we didn’t even tell Bob or Andrew or anybody; we just floated it in there and waited to see if anybody said, ‘I don’t really care for that song, I don’t know who that is. And nobody said that.
The song the Supernatural star chose to include ended up being “Sounds of Someday,” which plays during the climax of the episode. Speaking with Variety, Jensen Ackles says there were more songs in the director’s cut.
Two of the three got taken out; mine was the last one standing. That was a small victory. That was a nice vote of confidence, especially from a show that prides itself on music so much.
Supernatural has relied on the power of music to fuel some of its most emotional and action-packed moments.The show even has an unofficial anthem, “Carry on My Wayward Son,” which plays at the beginning of every season finale.
Dean Winchester’s famous for telling Sam that the “driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole,” and the character’s been relatively protective of his classic rock collection. But, if there’s anything Dean loves more than Sam, it’s his music.
Keep your ears attuned to Jensen Ackles’ musical debut on Supernatural when the episode airs Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. For more information on when and where to watch your favorite fall shows, be sure to check out our complete guide to every new and returning show premiering through November.