4 June 1974 (age 46)
Andrew Peterson has earned a place as one of Christian music’s most respected singer/songwriters, crafting music that splits the difference between groundbreaking folk-rock band Caedmon’s Call and the late, great Rich Mullins. His string of artistically excellent records began with the top 10 radio single “Nothing To Say,” and includes the lush Love & Thunder, Easter-themed Resurrection Letters, Vol. 2, and his newest masterwork Counting Stars, which took the number one spot on the iTunes Christian chart on its release. He tours the globe with his musical cohorts the Captains Courageous, a.k.a. pianist/producer Ben Shive and guitarist Andy Gullahorn. But music is only part of Peterson’s artistry: he's published three books, most recently launching a Christy Award-winning series of young adult fantasy novels called The Wingfeather Saga, inspired by Tolkien, Lewis, and Peterson’s own three children.
Peterson’s artistic successes may be surpassed by his skill in connecting people, embodied in the Rabbit Room online community (RabbitRoom.com), which gathers contributions from authors, songwriters, and pastors, encouraging creativity and referencing its ultimate source. The thread of community, also a theme of Counting Stars, imbues his beloved annual Christmas show, Behold The Lamb Of God, a long-running multi-artist tour based on Peterson’s original Christmas album of the same name. In all of these works, Peterson’s listeners can hear reminders that community, beauty, and hope all point back to the God “who gave music the power to carry his light into the darkness.” Andrew, his wife Jamie, and their three children make their home in Nashville.
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