'Supernatural's' Jensen Ackles sings: Check out his Elliott Smith cover with Steve Carlson

jensen-ackles-upfronts-getty.jpgIf you've heard Dean Winchester's off-key singing voice on "Supernatural," wailing to Bon Jovi and REO Speedwagon songs, you might not guess that Jensen Ackles can actually carry a tune -- but he totally can!

Don't worry -- he's got no designs on a music career of his own, so his day job of hunting demons is safe for now.

In fact, Ackles and co-star Jared Padalecki recently worked out deals to stick with "Supernatural" through a possible 10th season, if The CW decides to keep it on the air that long. In his downtime, though, Ackles is known to pick up a guitar once in a while.

A few years back, he was convinced to duet with his pal Jason Manns for a cover of "Crazy Love," and now, he's joined another buddy for a second duet. Steve Carlson, who is well-known to die-hard "Supernatural" fans from the convention circuit, invited Ackles to join him for his upcoming collection of cover songs, "Sharing the Covers."

The album, which will be available on Sept. 18, includes Ackles' and Carlson's version of Elliot Smith's "Angeles," from the iconic album Either/Or. You'll have to buy the album to get your own copy of the song, but in the meantime, you can hear a sample of Ackles' vocals on Amazon.

We have to say -- we're more than impressed.

Ackles' fans might also be interested to hear that during the "Supernatural" summer hiatus, he volunteered his time for the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas. You can currently pre-order the 2013 DSG Calendar, which includes photos of Ackles along with other Dallas-based celebrities. The calendars will ship in October, and all proceeds will go toward awareness, resources, and support for people with Down Syndrome and their families.

"Supernatural" fans have raised over $16,000 so far for this November's Down Syndrome Guild Buddy Walk in honor of Ackles' nephew, Levi.
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