Gretchen Peters

For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists, known never to shy away from darkness and struggle in her writing. “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,'” People Magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers.”

Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her “both a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,”

She has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her 2015 album, ‘Blackbirds’, debuted at #1 on the UK Country chart and in the top 40 UK pop chart, and was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Blackbirds”, which Rolling Stone called “one of the most affecting murder ballads since Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” left a trail of corpses strewn across the American landscape”) at the UK Americana awards in February 2016.

In 2015, The Telegraph named her one of the best 60 female singer-songwriters of all time.

“one of Nashville’s greatest talents of the past two decades… still equipped with the
ability to stop clocks with a well-turned phrase.” – Uncut (9 out of 10 stars)

“Ben Glover, Jason Isbell, Suzy Bogguss and others help out along the way, but this is all
Peters’s show as she shines a light under some very dark rocks.” – Q Magazine 4/5 stars

“‘Blackbirds’ is one of the most affecting murder ballads since Bruce Springsteen’s
“Nebraska” left a trail of corpses strewn across the American landscape.” – Rolling Stone

See below for a description from Gretchen, of her new album Dancing with the Beast

Gretchen Peters DWTB bio short (1)

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