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Gretchen Peters


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Bronxville, New York NY, United States (1994 – present)

Gretchen Peters (born November 14, 1957 in Bronxville, New York) is an American singer-songwriter in the folk/country genre. An accomplished song-writer, she won the Country Music Association Song Of The Year award in 1994 for “Independence Day”, a hit at the time for Martina McBride. She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.

Though born in New York, Peter’s was raised in Boulder, Colorado, and then moved to Nashville in the late 1980s. There, she found work as a songwriter, composing hits for Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Anne Murray, as well as for Neil Diamond and co-writing songs with Bryan Adams. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song, in 1995 and 1996, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in 2003.

Peters has released a string of studio albums of her own. The title track of her 1996 debut album The Secret of Life was later recorded by Faith Hill in 1999.

In the case of her new album, ‘Blackbirds,’ “juice” is certainly understatement. Recorded in Nashville, the album features a who’s who of modern American roots music: Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey, Suzy Bogguss and more.


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  • stilldirrtyja

    Blackbird <3! YASSSSS!

    25 Mar 7:54am Reply
  • ldrmo

    On a bus to St. Cloud : great songwriting!

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • shelley9735

    I reviewed the Cambridge Folk Festival last weekend, including Gretchen's set which was brilliant. Please have a read and look at photographs here:

    5 Aug 2010 Reply
  • KeithJones

    Such a good song-writer!

    7 Dec 2009 Reply
  • laura217

    Gretchen Peters Fans - Gretchen will be doing a live webcast on Sat Aug 8th at 2pm Central time from The Rutledge in Nashville! Immediately following the webcast she will be starting an auction on ebay! Rare items signed by martina mcbride, randy travis, herself and others! A portion of the proceeds will go to kipp academy in nashville. See her website for details Laura

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • yaodongmei

    I like it!

    30 May 2009 Reply
  • traveler5

    One For My Baby -- WOW! Wine, Women & Song sounds like my kind of mix. I've connected Gretchen Peters to the group UDERRATED (Seriously Underrated Female Vocalists/Singer-Songwriters). Please check it out.

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • steelsprout

    A gorgeous voice and classy songwriter. Co-wrote many Bryan Adams hits with him, and many hits for others - Faith Hill's Secret of Life, Patty Loveless' You Don't Even Know Who I am, Independence Day for Martina McBride and On a Bus to St Cloud for Trisha Yearwood and Tim McGraw. Her own versions are the best, however, and her live performances a revelation.

    16 Feb 2009 Reply

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