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8/29/2012 - Andrew Peterson Set to Launch Fall Tour in Support of New Album Light for the Lost Boy
The long awaited Light for the Lost Boy fall tour with Andrew Peterson and full band, featuring opening act Caleb, will launch in Nashville, TN on September 21st and will end in Birmingham, AL October 24th. Opening night will be the album release party for Peterson’s new project, Light for the Lost Boy, and will be in conjunction with the third annual Rabbit Room conference, Hutchmoot, an event which sold out in seven minutes. The remaining tickets, however, are open to the public and are available at www.rabbitroom.com
. Tickets for the entire tour are available at each venue and more information is available at www.andrew-peterson.com
Peterson hitting the road with a full band will be a treat for audiences, as he usually performs his shows acoustically with long-time bandmates and writing partners Ben Shive and Andy Gullahorn. For this tour they’ll be joined by the three members of the opening act, Caleb.
“Much like the Behold the Lamb of God record,” Peterson said, “these songs seem to want more instrumentation than just me and a guitar. While we were recording the album I kept asking myself how Ben, Andy, and I were going to perform the songs live—then when the guys in CALEB agreed to do the tour I got really excited. They’re a great band. I can’t wait for folks to hear their songs—and I can’t wait to play my songs with them.”
He met the group while on tour with Steven Curtis Chapman last fall and then again this past spring. Caleb is comprised of two of Chapman’s sons, Caleb (lead vocals/guitar) and Will (drums), along with Scott Mills (guitar/vocal/keys/bass). Peterson became a big fan of their music and even had Will Chapman play drums on Light for the Lost Boy.
For tour updates please visit www.andrew-peterson.com
, and Hutchmoot information is available online at www.hutchmoot.com
8/20/2012 - Top Ten Finalists In Andrew Peterson Video Contest For Rest Easy Now Online For Fan Voting
It’s the halfway point for Andrew Peterson’s video contest for his new single, Rest Easy. The ten finalists are now online at http://www.facebook.com/andrewpetersonmusic/app_195611817141370 and voting will run through August 21st. All ten finalists will receive a copy of Peterson’s new album, Light for the Lost Boy, which releases August 28th.
The video winner will be selected on the 21st and will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the top three finalists will be awarded $50.00. The official music video will air on Peterson’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages.
Peterson will host the official album release concert with full band for Light for the Lost Boy, September 21, 2012 at the third annual Hutchmoot event in Nashville. The event sold out in SEVEN MINUTES this year and registrants’ name badges will be their ticket to the concert. Only the show is open to the general public and tickets are available online at www.rabbitroom.com
. Tickets are $12.00 and with the purchase of Peterson’s new CD and concert ticket the cost is $18.00. The concert will be at Collins Alumni Auditorium on the Lipscomb University campus and starts at 7:30 pm.
For more information on Andrew Peterson and his new album please visit online at www.andrew-peterson.com
7/24/2012 - Contest To Create New Music Video For Andrew Peterson
Centricity Music is offering fans and film enthusiasts the chance of a lifetime….to create the official music video for Andrew Peterson’s new single, Rest Easy. The entry information is listed below:
1. Contest rules and information are available at www.andrew-peterson.com <http://www.andrew-peterson.com>
2. Initial entries need to be submitted July 9 – August 14, 2012
3. The top ten finalists will have their videos up for fan voting at Andrew Peterson’s Facebook Fan Page, August 14-21, 2012
4. Winner will be selected on August 21st and the official music video will air on Peterson’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages
5. Winner will also receive $1,000 and the top three finalists will receive $50.00. All ten finalists will receive a copy of Peterson’s new album, Light for the Lost Boy.
Peterson’s new project Light for the Lost Boy releases August 28th and the official album release concert with full band is September 21, 2012 at the third annual Hutchmoot event in Nashville. The event sold out in SEVEN MINUTES this year and registrants’ name badges will be their ticket to the concert. Only the show is open to the general public and tickets are available online at www.rabbitroom.com <http://www.rabbitroom.com> . Tickets are $12.00 and with the purchase of Peterson’s new CD and concert ticket the cost is $18.00. The concert will be at Collins Alumni Auditorium on the Lipscomb University campus and starts at 7:30 pm.
For more information on Andrew Peterson and his new album please visit online at www.andrew-peterson.com <http://www.andrew-peterson.com>
6/28/2012 - Andrew Peterson To Release New Album, Light for the Lost Boy
It’s with great excitement that Centricity Music announces the upcoming release for Andrew Peterson, Light for the Lost Boy, in stores August 28, 2012. The project, produced by longtime friend and producer Ben Shive (Jeremy Camp, Sara Groves, Matt Wertz), along with Cason Cooley (Katie Herzig, Mat Kearney, Audrey Assad), features ten new songs written by Peterson. The album will be available in three formats; CD, special edition CD with a 32-page booklet written by Peterson and seven acoustic extra songs, and on a vintage vinyl record. The special edition and vinyl projects will only be available online and at Peterson’s concerts. The album’s title and several of the songs reflect the growing up years of the Peterson children, while at the same time bringing a message of hope for us as we make our way in a broken world.
“When I think of my youth I remember carrying around this secret loneliness,” says Peterson. “Coming to know Jesus, being rescued by him from that loneliness is at the heart of why I write songs. C.S. Lewis said, ‘We read to know we’re not alone.’ One of the reasons I write is to tell people the same thing. My hope is that some fifteen-year-old kid out there—or some fifty-year-old kid—will hear Light for the Lost Boy and find some comfort, some assurance that he or she is known and loved by the great love of the universe.”
Light for the Lost Boy brings a familiar sound, but in a new way with stronger, fuller production that doesn’t jeopardize the intimate feel of Peterson’s vocal delivery. The first single from the album, “Rest Easy,” is going for adds at radio. “Come Back Soon” launches the album with a haunting opening line about the historic Nashville flood as seen through his family’s eyes, and closes with the plea that Jesus would hurry back and fix what’s broken. “Day By Day”, based on 2 Corinthians 4:16, was written after Andrew’s visit to London’s Kensington Gardens (made famous by Peter Pan), where he likened his exile from childhood to mankind’s exile from Eden. The album ends with the emotionally charged “Don’t You Want To Thank Someone.”
“The last song is the thought I most want to leave people with,” Peterson explains. “The music is a throwback to old Peter Gabriel and Rich Mullins—but the lyric was partially inspired by an old poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins called ‘God’s Grandeur’ which closes with the line: ‘But the Holy Ghost over the bent world broods/with warm breath and—ah!—bright wings.’ God is present; his Kingdom is all around us just as sure as it’s coming in its fullness.”
1/18/2012 - Andrew Peterson Heads Into Studio To Record New 2012 Project Before Joining Spring Leg Of Steven Curtis Chapman Tour
Highly acclaimed singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson, will be entering the recording studio this week working on his third studio project for Centricity Music, which will release early fall 2012. Peterson, who has been called “one of the greatest Christian lyricists of all time,” has written all new songs for the album. The CD will be produced by long-time collaborator, Ben Shive (Sara Groves/Matt Werz/Eric Peters) and Cason Cooley (Matthew Perryman Jones/Katie Herzig/Mat Kearney/Sixpence None The Richer), with Andy Gullahorn co-producing.
"I'm as scared and as excited as ever about going into the studio,” says Peterson. “The whole process of writing the songs, then choosing them, then trying to find the best way to record them, feels like fumbling around in the dark looking for a light switch. That's why it's so nice to have guys like Ben Shive, Andy Gullahorn, and Cason Cooley to help me find my way. They're amazing at what they do, and I totally trust them. If I were to stick with the light switch analogy, it's like they have night vision goggles or something."
Peterson’s new project is the follow-up to his best-selling album, Counting Stars, which debuted at #1 on iTunes and #6 on the Billboard chart. Besides receiving stellar reviews for the project, the single Dancing In The Minefields reached Top 20 on the AC charts and the accompanying video garnered over 750,000 views online. Counting Stars led to a broadening of Peterson’s audience in the mainstream genre with appearances on Nashville’s local TV affiliates, WKRN/ABC & WZTV/FOX, a headlining slot on the Americana program, Music City Roots, and reviews from Blogcritics.org and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Christian media outlets continue to embrace Peterson’s projects with strong support from ChristianMusicToday.com (CTI), Charisma magazine, Stand Firm magazine, ParentLife magazine, Youthwalk magazine, JesusFreakHideout.com, NewReleaseTuesday.com, among many others.
Following the recording of his new album, Peterson will once again join the spring leg of Steven Curtis Chapman’s Songs & Stories Tour, which also features Josh Wilson. The fall leg of the tour was such a success with sold-out dates and enthusiastic audiences that Chapman booked the spring 2012 dates that launch February 2nd in Tulsa (Broken Arrow), OK and conclude March 11th in Ocala, FL.
"Being on the road with SCC last fall was an amazing experience,” adds Peterson, “not just because of the music or the audiences; I made some great new friends in the process and got to be part of Show Hope's ministry. I can't believe we get to do it again in 2012."
Also upcoming for Peterson this year will be his 3rd annual
event, Hutchmoot 2012. The event will be held in Nashville this fall, and dates will be announced soon. Last year’s conference, featuring best-selling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, sold out in six hours! Peterson will begin writing the fourth and final installment of his Wingfeather Saga series in early 2013, following his highly successful Behold The Lamb Of God Christmas tour in December. This year the tour will include two shows at Nashville’s historic Ryman auditorium.
For more information on Peterson please visit online at
7/18/2011 - Andrew Peterson to Join Steven Curtis Chapman Fall Tour Songs & Stories Presented by Show Hope
Centricity Music artist Andrew Peterson will bring his thought provoking lyrics and storytelling when he joins Steve Curtis Chapman’s upcoming fall tour, Song & Stories, presented by Show HOPE. The 24-city tour will run September 29-November 3, 2011 and will also feature Chapman’s labelmate Josh Wilson. The concept of the tour is a comfortable one for Peterson, as it will feature individual artist segments with a collaboration finale of all three artists “in the round,” which is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime treat for audiences.
“I can’t think of a tour I’d rather be a part of,” says Peterson. “I’ve long admired Steven (can I call him Steven? Really?), and it’s a huge honor to share the stage with him.”
Peterson is a tour favorite and his performances are a hit whether in a theater, church or arena. His songs and stories evoke the wonder and beauty of everyday life and resonate with fans in multiple genres of music. His current CD, Counting Stars, is the highest selling album of his career and debuted at #1 on iTunes and #6 on Billboard magazine. The Top Ten single from the project, “Dancing In The Minefields,” remains a popular song and video with over 500,000 views online.
Peterson is also a master storyteller with the written word, as he has published three books in the Wingfeather Saga series. The second book, North! Or Be Eaten won the 2010 Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction and the third installment, The Monster In The Hollows is already being hailed a classic after releasing in May. According to Examiner.com, “The storyline grabs you from the opening line and doesn’t let go until the ‘I didn’t see that coming!’ twist of an ending. Be forewarned; don’t start this book if you don’t have a full weekend set aside.” The fourth and final book of the series will release in 2012.
As if all of this creativity activity doesn’t keep Peterson busy enough, he will host the second annual Hutchmoot conference in Nashville September 22-25, 2011, which sold out in six hours! This year’s event will once again spotlight live music, great food and a series of discussions centered on art, faith, and the telling of great stories across a range of mediums. The special guest will be the New York Times best-selling author, Sally Lloyd-Jones, who wrote The Jesus Storybook Bible.
For more information on Peterson please visit www.andrew-peterson.com and for more information on the Songs & Stories Tour, www.http://stevencurtischapman.com.
4/25/2011 - Andrew Peterson to Release Third Children's Book May 24
Award-winning author Andrew Peterson is scheduled to release his highly anticipated children’s book, The Monster In The Hollows, on May 24, 2011. The book is the third in the popular four-part Wingfeather Saga, which continues the escapades of Janner Wingfeather and his family as they face a new adventure fraught with mystery, betrayal and sneakery. The Monster In The Hollows, published by Rabbit Room Press, will be available for purchase at all retail outlets and will be distributed through Ingram Book Company. The book will also be available online at www.wingfeathersaga.com, www.rabbitroom.com, www.andrew-peterson.com and all digital outlets.
Peterson began the Wingfeather Saga series in 2008 with On The Edge Of The Sea Of Darkness, which Novel Teen heartily endorsed: “This book was a big—and pleasant—surprise. Andrew Peterson has a wonderfully witty voice. He reminds me of an easier-to-understand Douglas Adams with his satirical style of writing.” The second book in the series, North! Or Be Eaten, won the 2010 Christy Award for Best Young Adult Fiction, and as New York Times bestselling author, G.P. Taylor exclaims, “Peterson deserves every literary prize for this fine book.” Jennifer Trafton, author of The Rise And Fall Of Mount Majestic, gives her accolades to The Monster In The Hollows: “So moving! A fantastic story.”
"One of the great joys of my career has been the writing of these books,” says Peterson. “It's been harder and more rewarding than I ever thought it would be--harder, because writing fiction is almost completely different than songwriting; more rewarding because of the way it's helped me keep alive my inner ten-year-old, both when I'm writing and when I'm talking about the story with other readers. I can't wait to write the next one."
Peterson is also a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter, who is known for his thought provoking lyrics and warm vocal delivery. His latest album, Counting Stars, debuted at #1 on iTunes and #6 on the Billboard chart that broke the record from his previous CD. Peterson’s latest single from the project, Dancing In The Minefields is still strong on the charts after seven months of radio airplay and the video has received close to 500,000 views on YouTube. And this fall, Peterson will host his second annual Hutchmoot creative conference in Nashville. The event spotlights music, conversation, and a series of discussions centered on the telling of great stories in song, literature, and film.
11/23/2010 - Jason Gray Joins Behold The Lamb of God Christmas Tour with Andrew Peterson
Centricity Music’s Jason Gray has rapidly earned the reputation as one of the hardest working artists in the Christian music industry. He has just completed his opening act gig with World Vision’s Make A Difference Tour 2010, which featured Max Lucado, Michael W. Smith, TobyMac and Third Day. Gray also served as a “behind the scenes” reporter for the tour and the video aired exclusively on Hearitfirst.com.
Next up for Gray will be a radio promo tour on the east coast in support of his new single, “I Am New.” The song is generating strong support from radio with new adds from KLOVE, WPOZ/Orlando, FL, WBFJ/Winston-Salem, NC and Family Life Network. The single is currently #20 at AC Indicator, New & Active (#33) on the AC Monitored Chart and #20 on the Inspo chart. The video world premiered on HearitFirst.com and has just been added at Gospel Music Channel. “I Am New” is the follow up to Gray’s hit single, “More Like Falling In Love,” that peaked at #4. Both songs are from Gray’s current album, Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue.
On November 30 and December 1, Gray will begin rehearsals for Andrew Peterson’s Behold The Lamb Of God Christmas tour. The 15-city holiday tour launches December 2 in Durham, NC and includes a show at the historic Ryman Auditorium on the 16th. Joining Peterson and Gray on the tour will be Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Andrew Osenga. In January, Gray will be embark on the Winter Blast Tour with Building 429 and 33 Miles Beginning in February, Gray will start recording his next studio project that will release in fall 2011 and will join Mark Schultz on his upcoming tour in March.
9/8/2010 - Andrew Peterson and Friends Launch 11th Annual Behold the Lamb of God Christmas Tour
One of the most highly anticipated Christmas concerts of the holiday season, Behold The Lamb Of God, will launch in December for its eleventh annual run. Christian music’s most prolific singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson, announced the tour today that will also spotlight this year’s featured guests, singer/songwriters Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Andrew Osenga. The tour kicks-off December 2nd in Durham, NC and will visit fifteen cities before ending in Corsicana, TX on the 19th. A complete listing of the tour dates is available below and at www.andrew-peterson.com. Tickets will be available at local venues and online at www.itickets.com.
Peterson launched the Christmas tour in 1999 to present a musical rendition of the Christmas story and to reinforce the true meaning of the season. It was immediately embraced by fans nationwide because of the powerful performances, entertaining stories and the sense of community between Peterson and his guest artists. The result was multiple sold-out venues and yearly return engagements, which includes Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. In 2004, fan support led Peterson to record his first Christmas album, Behold The Lamb Of God: The True Tall Tale Of The Coming Of Christ, and the project won the 2004 Best Album of the Year, World Christian Music Editor’s Award. In 2009, Peterson released a 2-disc 10th Anniversary Edition of the project that includes a remastered version of the original CD and a live recording of the Christmas concert from 2008.
It’s been a whirlwind of activity for Peterson with gearing up for the Christmas tour and recently releasing his latest studio project, Counting Stars. The project is Peterson’s highest selling CD to date, as it entered at #6 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart and debuted at #1 on iTunes Christian Albums Chart for three straight days. The album received rave reviews from Christian and mainstream critics with JesusFreakHideout.com saying, “Counting Stars is another success for Andrew Peterson, and the last five songs prove the artist can stretch beyond his comfort zone.” Blogcritics.org and Seattle Post-Intelligencer exclaim, “Counting Stars is an all-embracing music any lover of Christian folk gospel and contemporary music would warm to.” The second single from the project, “Dancing In The Minefields,” went for adds at radio last Friday and the video is in heavy rotation on the Gospel Music Channel and has become a YouTube favorite.
Behold The Lamb Of God Tour Dates: (Tentative)
12/2 - Durham, NC
12/3 - Richmond, VA
12/4 - Milford, OH
12/5 - Milford, OH
12/7 - Huntsville, AL
12/8 - Jackson, TN
12/9 - Topeka, KS
12/10 - Lincoln, NE
12/12 - Knoxville, TN
12/14 - Montgomery, AL
12/15 - Charlotte, NC
12/16 - Nashville, TN
12/17 - Houston, TX
12/18 - Wichita Falls, TX
12/19 - Corsicana, TX
8/5/2010 - Andrew Peterson's Counting Stars Enters at #6 on Billboard's Christian Chart
Singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson has reached a career milestone, as his highest charting album to date happened this week. Counting Stars enters at #6 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart and strong early support last week led to the project debuting at #1 on iTunes Christian Albums Chart.
Media has embraced Counting Stars as Peterson’s best project to date with JesusFreakHideout.com saying, Counting Stars is another success for Andrew Peterson, and the last five songs prove the artist can stretch beyond his comfort zone. Blogcritics.org and Seattle Post-Intelligencer rave, Counting Stars is an all-embracing music any lover of Christian folk gospel and contemporary music would warm to. NewReleaseTuesday.com adds, Andrew Peterson has been described as “one of the most thoughtful, poetic and lyrical songwriters of his generation.” And nowhere is that accolade more evident (and deserving) than on his latest release. And the CD even made USA Today’s playlist when “Planting Trees” was listed in Brian Mansfield’s 10 intriguing tracks for the week of July 19th.
Peterson has long been an industry favorite with his thoughtful lyrics and warm vocals, which made Counting Stars immediately connect with listeners through the themes of family and relationships. “Dancing In The Minefields”, a heartwarming song about the beauty and trials of marriage, is the second single from the CD and goes for adds at radio September 3rd. The video, produced and directed by Grant Howard, has had more than 40,000 views in just three weeks and is already having a powerful impact on viewers.
“In December of 2009 my wife and I celebrated fifteen years of marriage,” explains Peterson. “Three days later, we got in a silly argument and I wrote this song after she went to bed. Marriage, see, was God’s idea. It’s one of the most potent metaphors in all of Scripture for the way God loves us and the way we’re to let ourselves be loved by Him. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. To the contrary, it’s fraught with peril. Any good marriage involves a thousand deaths to self—the good news is, a godly marriage involves at least as many resurrections. We lay our lives down and enter this perilous dance with another human being who has done the same. Why should we expect to emerge unscathed? The wounds bear testimony to the great power of grace. If I had had any idea what I was getting into fifteen years ago I wouldn’t have walked the aisle—I’d have run down it.“
Peterson is winding down from a two-week promotional trip in support of Counting Stars, which took him to twelve radio stations in several states and Peterson met with such outlets as KLTY/Dallas, TX; Moody/Chicago, IL; KXOJ/Tulsa, OK and KHZR/St. Louis, MO. Peterson has also made several media appearances recently on LeSea’s Broadcasting’s Harvest Show and taped Live From Studio B, TBN/1 Music Village, FOX 17/TN Mornings and upcoming interviews with Nashville’s TV outlets, WKRN-TV/ABC and WSMV-TV/Better Nashville. Additional coverage for Counting Stars includes Worship Leader Magazine (September issue), HJ Live! (July review), ChristianMusicToday.com (July review), StereoTruth.net (July review) and upcoming features with YouthWalk Magazine, Christian Manifesto and CornerStonefaith.com.
Upon Peterson’s return to Nashville on August 6, he will host Hutchmoot 2010, a three-day conference for lovers of story, art, and music, featuring acclaimed author Walt Wangerin, Jr. as the keynote speaker. The event, an extension of Peterson’s Rabbit Room community, sold out in three weeks. On the opening night, Peterson will perform a CD release concert in support of Counting Stars for the attendees.
7/28/2010 - Andrew Peterson Releases "Counting Stars" and the Album Jumps to #1 on iTunes Christian Album Chart
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson, released his second project for Centricity Music today, Counting Stars. Strong early support has placed the album at #1 on iTunes Christian Album Charts. Peterson’s lyrics and heartfelt approach to his music immediately connects with his fans. This is evident by the rave reviews already posted on iTunes.
"This is a very strong album, Andrew Peterson is probably one of the greatest Christian lyricists of all time..."
"It seems to me that this album follows in the footsteps of artists like Rich Mullins - bringing songs to the table that are warm and draped in the lyrics of the soul. Absolutely amazing."
"This album will be on every Christian music reviewers Top 10 list come December. “In the Night My Hope Lives On” is an amazing song. It is just a stunning album start to finish."
Peterson has started a two-week promotional tour to support Counting Stars and he will return to Nashville August 6th for the launch of his first annual arts conference, Hutchmoot 2010. The event will kick-off with a CD release party by Peterson for the attendees.
7/21/2010 - Singer/Songwriter Andrew Peterson launches Radio/Media Tour in Support of New Project "Counting Stars"
Singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson is getting ready to hit the road in support of his latest project, Counting Stars. Peterson’s second studio release for Centricity Music streets July 27, 2010 and that evening at 8 PM EDT Peterson will perform the entire album live exclusively on HearitFirst.com. The website also world-premiered Peterson’s new video, “Dancing In The Minefields,” and can be viewed here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtTa81LyuQM&feature=related.
“Years ago I swore I’d never make a music video,” Peterson says. “But after meeting with [producer / director] Grant Howard and hearing his concept, I went from being wary to being excited. I get emotional every time I see the older couples dancing, because it perfectly illustrates the point of the song.”
Street week will begin on Monday, July 26th, when Peterson will visit radio stations in Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN and Birmingham, AL in support of his new single, “The Reckoning,” before returning to Nashville, TN. Peterson will then head up to Colorado Springs for meetings with Focus On The Family’s Marriage and Family Formation Department and interviews with Weekend Magazine, podcast interview and written piece for Boundless Webzine and meeting/interview with John Fuller, co-host of Daily Broadcast. Peterson will then head to Dallas, TX to meet with KLTY and KCBI before flying up to Chicago, where Peterson will appear live on Moody’s This Is The Day and then tape Midday Connection to air at a later date. The next day Peterson will appear live on LeSea Broadcasting’s Harvest Show and will tape Live From Studio B. The rest of the tour will take Peterson to radio stations in South Bend, IN, Champaign, IL and Tulsa, OK.
Early media coverage on Counting Stars has been very supportive with Rhapsody listing it in the Hot Summer Releases section, feature on ChristianRetailing.com, CCM Magazine 4-star review and interview, “The Reckoning” listed #2 on Dave Trout’s Top Gourmet Songs for first half of 2010 on UnderTheRadar.com and Charisma magazine review says, Peterson’s mellow voice and laid-back musical style (nothing’s overdone),creates a smooth and enjoyable listening experience. Other upcoming media includes, TBN/1 Music Village (July 13), FOX 17/TN Mornings (July22), JesusFreakHideout.com (July review, listening party, giveaway), Stand Firm Magazine (review), NewReleaseTuesday.com (July review), ChristianMusicToday.com (July review), StereoTruth.net (July review), performing for the Lifeway staff (July 15), interviews with YouthWalk Magazine (December), Christian Manifesto and CornerStonefaith.com.
Upon Peterson’s return to Nashville on August 6, he will host Hutchmoot 2010, a three-day conference for lovers of story, art, and music, featuring acclaimed author Walt Wangerin, Jr. as the keynote speaker. The event, an extension of Peterson’s Rabbit Room community, sold out in three weeks. On the opening night, Peterson will perform a CD release concert in support of Counting Stars for the attendees.
About Andrew Peterson
Peterson began his career in 1996 and signed with his first label, Watershed/Essential records in 1999. His first CD, Carried Along made CCM magazine’s list of Top Ten albums of 2000. In 2004, Peterson received his first Dove nomination for “Family Man” for Country Recorded Song of the Year. Peterson’s first project for Centricity Music in 2008, Resurrection Letters, Volume II, became the highest Billboard charting album of his career. Since 2004, Peterson has toured with several Nashville musicians and artists on his annual Christmas tour, Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ that will launch this year on December 2nd. Peterson has also authored three children’s books, The Ballad of Matthew's Begats, On the Edge of the Sea of Darkness and the 2010 Christy Award winner for Young Adult Fiction, North! Or Be Eaten. For updates about Andrew Peterson please visit www.andrew-peterson.com or www.rabbitroom.com.
About Centricity Music
Centricity Music is an independent recording and publishing company based in Bellevue, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee. The company’s mission is to enable our artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. Centricity Music’s artist roster includes Jaime Jamgochian, Downhere, Jason Gray, Daniel Kirkley, Lanae’ Hale, Andrew Peterson, High Valley, Matt Papa, Sixteen Cities and Me In Motion. For more information about Centricity Music visit online at www.centricitymusic.com.
6/14/2010 - Singer/Songwriter Andrew Peterson to Release Counting Stars
The eagerly-awaited new album from singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson, Counting Stars, will release July 27, 2010. The CD, produced by the artist’s long-time collaborators, Ben Shive and Andy Gullahorn, is the second project from Peterson to be released by Centricity Music.
“We at Centricity Music feel like it is such a privilege to partner with Andrew Peterson,” says Steve Ford, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Centricity Music. “When he delivered ‘Counting Stars,’ it reminded the entire staff of why we love Andrew. The twelve finely crafted songs are produced in a way that draws the listener into a place of revelation, a place where you see your life through Andrew’s eyes. This is a gift few songwriters have and that’s why we are excited about ‘Counting Stars.’”
The bulk of material for Counting Stars was recorded within eight days in Washington State during January 2010, as Peterson camped in a recording studio with Shive, Gullahorn, Gabe Scott and engineer, Todd Robbins. They loaded up their guitars, hammered dulcimer, accordion, dobro and banjo, flew from Nashville to the Northwest and started collaborating. The twelve new songs were written over a two-year period by Peterson, who is one of the most respected songwriters in several genres of music. Counting Stars gives intimate glimpses of everyday life that is so important to everyone’s heart….family, friendship, community and home.
The first single from the new album is “The Reckoning,” which has just gone for radio adds and is already receiving airplay from such stations as, KCRN/San Angelo, TX and KNLB / Phoenix, AZ. Peterson wrote the song while sitting on the porch of his home outside of Nashville when a severe thunderstorm was rolling into the area.
“I love the humility that a big, dangerous storm system gives us,” Peterson explains. “Everyone remembers they’re quite small and powerless in the scheme of things. In the twenty-first century, with jumbo jets and air conditioning and high-speed internet, we still sometimes have to run for our lives and hide in the closet under a blanket.”
“Dancing In The Minefields” is already becoming a favorite tune from the CD, as it is a thought provoking song that despite the title is a positive love song. And we’re dancing in the minefields/We’re sailing in the storms/This is harder than we dreamed/But I believe that’s what the promise is for. “World Traveler” addresses the wander-lust that lives in all of us and lets us know that the grand adventure can be in our own backyard. “In The Night” celebrates how hope lives on even through our daily pain and struggles, while “Fool With A Fancy Guitar,” reminds us that we are all priests who live in the Kingdom of God.
“The title Counting Stars ties the themes of relationship and hope together in the hope of God’s promise to Abraham,” says Peterson. “We’re a part of the cloud of witnesses, passing the promises of God to our children and their children, building this Kingdom that has no end.”
3/2/2010 - Andrew Peterson Heads Back Into Studio To Record New Project
One of Christian music’s most respected singer/songwriters, Andrew Peterson, headed to Washington state to record his new project that is slated for a July release. Peterson was joined in the Northwest by his longtime musical companions; Ben Shive, Andy Gullahorn, Gabe Scott and engineer, Todd Robbins. They loaded up their guitars, hammered dulcimer, accordion, dobro and banjo, started collaborating and in an incredible eight days had a new album!
The album is still untitled but features a group of songs written over the past two years. Be sure and check out the Rabbit Room at www.rabbitroom.com for video updates on the recording process.
For tour updates and other information on Andrew Peterson please visit www.andrew-peterson.com.
10/7/2009 - Andrew Peterson Announces the 10th Anniversary of Popular Christmas Tour
(NASHVILLE, TN) OCTOBER 7, 2009--Celebrated singer/songwriter and author Andrew Peterson
recently announced dates for his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Christmas tour, which
features special guests and friends Brandon Heath, Jill Phillips and Andy Gullahorn. In addition, the
band will consist of Matt Slocum, Ben Shive, Andrew Osenga, Cason Cooley, Todd Bragg, and Gabe
Scott. This euphonic event features Peterson’s acclaimed Christmas song cycle, Behold The Lamb
Of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. The tour begins December 3rd in Elmhurst, IL,
which will mark the 10th year that Peterson and friends have taken their Christmas concert on the
road. A complete list of cities and dates can be found at www.andrew-peterson.com.
Ten years ago, Peterson composed his musical rendition of the Christmas story to remind people of
the holiday’s true significance. Since then, he and a remarkable band have performed the songs
each holiday season to sold-out crowds nationwide, as well as a highlighted performance in
Peterson’s hometown of Nashville, TN at the famed Ryman Auditorium. Past events have featured
such artists as Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, David Wilcox, Phil Keaggy, Mindy Smith, Pierce Pettis,
Matt Slocum and members of Nickel Creek, who have joined Peterson for an in-the-round segment
of original material before gathering on stage to perform his musical, Behold the Lamb of God: The
True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ.
Responding to demand from fans of his Christmas concert, in 2004, Peterson recorded the songs on
an album titled Behold the Lamb of God. The album received the 2004 Best Album of the Year,
World Christian Music’s Editors Choice Award.
Peterson has long been known for his intricate songwriting and transparent candor on stage, often
drawing comparisons to predecessor Rich Mullins. While signed to Watershed/Essential Records
from 1999 to early 2004, Peterson recorded three national releases including his award-winning
Carried Along, which featured the top ten radio single, “Nothing to Say,” and a Dove Award
nomination for his song “Family Man” from his 2003 release Love & Thunder. Peterson signed on
with Centricity Music in 2008 and released his critically and commercially acclaimed album
Resurrection Letters Vol. 2 that same year. He garnered fantastic reviews for his Resurrection Letters
Vol. 2 from such respected media outlets as USA Today, Lifeway.com, Billboard magazine, Worship
Leader, magazine, JesusFreakHideout.com, Christian Single magazine, ChristianMusicToday.com,
Christian Retailing magazine, Soul-Audio.com, CCM.com to name a few. Peterson has also
appeared on Family Net TV's "EveryDay With Marcus & Lisa, LeSea Broadcasting's "Harvest Show,"
"Atlanta Live," Moody's national radio shows, "Midday Connection" and Prime Time America, and
Gospel Music Channel's upcoming Christmas special.
Peterson also released his first novel in 2008 entitled On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
through WaterBrook Press. Full of fast-paced storytelling, fanciful songs and poems, hilarious asides,
and characters rich in heart, courage, and smarts, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness,
launches a highly- anticipated series of fantasy novels that readers of all ages will treasure, enjoy
reading aloud, and use in stirring book group discussion. He released the second of the series,
North! Or Be Eaten: Wild escapes. A desperate journey. And the ghastly Fangs of Dang in August
2009. Peterson also released his first children’s book entitled The Ballad of Matthew's Begats in
October 2007 through Thomas Nelson. Full of fast-paced storytelling, fanciful songs and poems,
hilarious asides, and characters rich in heart, courage, and smarts, North! Or Be Eaten combines
adventure, humor and sheer imaginative force. Library Journal, reviewing North! Or Be Eaten, calls it
“a delightful tale.” The first book of the Wingfeather Saga, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness,
received positive marks from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and over a hundred of Peterson’s fans who
blogged about the book.
10/7/2008 - Andrew Peterson and Friends Announce Popular Christmas Tour
(NASHVILLE, TN) OCTOBER 3, 2008 -- Celebrated singer/songwriter and author Andrew Peterson recently announced dates for his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Christmas tour, which features special guests and friends Bebo Norman, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Andrew Osenga, Todd Bragg, Garett Buell, Cason Cooley, Gabe Scott and Ben Shive. This euphonic event features Peterson’s acclaimed Christmas song cycle, Behold The Lamb Of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. The tour begins December 2nd in Elkhorn, NE, which will mark the 9th year that Peterson and friends have taken their Christmas concert on the road. A complete list of cities and dates can be found at www.andrew-peterson.com.
Nine years ago, Peterson composed his musical rendition of the Christmas story to remind people of the holiday’s true significance. Since then, he and a remarkable band have performed the songs each holiday season to sold-out crowds nationwide, as well as a highlighted performance in Peterson’s hometown of Nashville, TN at the famed Ryman Auditorium. Past events have featured such artists as Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, David Wilcox, Phil Keaggy, Mindy Smith, Pierce Pettis, Matt Slocum and members of Nickel Creek, who have joined Peterson for an in-the-round segment of original material before gathering on stage to perform his musical, Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ.
Responding to demand from fans of his Christmas concert, in 2004, Peterson recorded the songs on an album titled Behold the Lamb of God. The album received the 2004 Best Album of the Year, World Christian Music’s Editors Choice Award.
Peterson has long been known for his intricate songwriting and transparent candor on stage, often drawing comparisons to predecessor Rich Mullins. While signed to Watershed/Essential Records from 1999 to early 2004, Peterson recorded three national releases including his award-winning Carried Along, which featured the top ten radio single, “Nothing to Say,” and a Dove Award nomination for his song “Family Man” from his 2003 release Love & Thunder. Since completing his last album, The Far Country, independently, Peterson recently signed on with Centricity Music for the Resurrection Letters, Volume II release, which will be available on October 21st.
Peterson also released his ?rst novel in 2008 entitled On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness through WaterBrook Press. Full of fast-paced storytelling, fanciful songs and poems, hilarious asides, and characters rich in heart, courage, and smarts, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, launches a highly- anticipated series of fantasy novels that readers of all ages will treasure, enjoy reading aloud, and use in stirring book group discussion. Peterson also released his ?rst children's book entitled The Ballad of Matthew's Begats in October 2007 through Thomas Nelson.
For more information on Peterson, his tour, music and books, please visit www.andrew-peterson.com or www.myspace.com/andrewpetersonmusic.
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