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Gretchen Peters

Known as a writer of intelligent and introspective songs in the country/folk/pop vein, Gretchen Peters achieved renown through country stars covering her material. Among the artists to have hits with her songs were Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, George Strait, Martina McBride, and Patty Loveless. Peters was born in Westchester County, New York, and lived there until her parents divorced when she was eight, at which point she moved with her mother to Boulder, Colorado, where, as a teenager, she wrote songs and performed in the town's thriving live music scene. She moved to Nashville in 1988 and signed several writing deals before moving to Sony in 1992. Having written a string of critically acclaimed hits, Peters received her first Grammy nomination for Song of the Year in 1995 for "Independence Day" (recorded by McBride), her powerful anthem about a women who fights back against an abusive husband. At the Country Music Awards that year, the song took home the same award, as well as a CMA Video of the Year in 1994. She was nominated again for a Song of the Year Grammy in 1996 with the Loveless chart-topper "You Don't Even Know Who I Am." Peters' scope wasn't limited to the country music arena, as she demonstrated by co-writing "Rock Steady" with rock artist Bryan Adams -- a song that appeared on Bonnie Raitt's Road Tested. Peters released her debut album, The Secret of Life, on Imprint Records in 1996. Her self-titled sophomore effort was issued five years later. The impressive Burnt Toast & Offerings appeared in 2007. She released a seasonal offering called Northern Lights, which featured non-traditional material of her own as well as covers. In 2009, she collaborated with Tom Russell on One to the Heart, One to the Head, and released a best-of collection entitled Circus Girl -- all while touring incessantly. 2011 saw the release of the live DVD Wine, Women and Song with pals Suzy Bogguss and Matraca Berg. Peters released a studio album of her own new material in January, 2012 entitled Hello Cruel World.

In October of 2014, Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame. In February of 2015, she released Blackbirds, an album of new material co-produced with guitarist Doug Lancio and keyboardist Barry Walsh. Issued on her Scarlet Letter Records label, it featured guest appearances from Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Kim Richey, Jimmy LaFave, and Suzy Bogguss. ~ Jack Leaver
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hello Cruel World

1. Hello Cruel World

2. Saint Francis

3. The Matador

4. Dark Angel

5. Paradise Found

6. Woman On The Wheel

7. Five Minutes

8. Camille

9. Natural Disaster

10. Idlewild

11. Little World

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Track List: Burnt Toast & Offerings

1. Ghost

2. Sunday Morning (Up And Down My Street)

3. Summer People

4. Jezebel

5. Thirsty

6. England Blues

7. The Lady Of The House

8. One For My Baby

9. The Way You Move Me

10. This Town

11. Breakfast At Our House

12. To Say Goodbye

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Track List: Trio

1. Museum

2. Circus Girl

3. Like Water Into Wine

4. Souvenirs

5. Main Street

6. You Don't Even Know Who I Am

7. The Secret Of Life

8. Revival

9. Over Africa

10. This Used To Be My Town

11. American Tune

12. On A Bus To St. Cloud

13. When You Are Old

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Track List: Halcyon

1. Tomorrow Morning

2. The Aviator's Song

3. Blessing In Disguise

4. Child Of Mine

5. A Cool Goodbye

6. Imogene

7. This Used To Be My Town

8. If Heaven

9. Germantown

10. Drowning In You

11. Museum

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Track List: Gretchen Peters

1. Souvenirs

2. In A Perfect World

3. I Don't Know

4. Love And Texaco

5. Love Is A Drug

6. Like Water Into Wine

7. Eddie's First Wife

8. Picasso And Me

9. Lilies Of The Field

10. Waiting For Amelia

11. Revival

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Track List: The Secret Of Life

1. Waiting For The Light To Turn Green

2. Border Town

3. I Ain't Ever Satisfied

4. I Was Looking For You

5. On A Bus To St. Cloud

6. Over Africa

7. This Uncivil War

8. The Secret Of Life

9. A Room With A View

10. Circus Girl

11. When You Are Old

12. Independence Day

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Track List: Blackbirds

1. Blackbirds

2. Pretty Things

3. When All You Got Is A Hammer

4. Everything Falls Away

5. The House On Auburn Street

6. When You Comin' Home (Feat. Jimmy La Fave)

7. Jubilee

8. Black Ribbons

9. Nashville

10. The Cure For The Pain

11. Blackbirds (Reprise)

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Track List: The Essential

1. Blackbirds

2. The Aviator's Song

3. The Secret Of Life

4. If Heaven

5. When All You Got Is A Hammer

6. On A Bus To St. Cloud

7. The Matador

8. Sunday Morning (Up And Down My Street)

9. Guadalupe (Feat. Tom Russell)

10. Hello Cruel World

11. When You Love Someone (Feat. Bryan Adams)

12. Five Minutes

13. When You Are Old

14. The Way You Move Me

15. Ring Around The Moon

16. Pretty Things (Radio Edit)

17. The Cruel Mother

18. Woman On The Wheel (Live)

19. When You Wish Upon A Star

20. I Saw Your Light

21. Love

22. The Chill Of An Early Fall

23. Independence Day (Acoustic Version)

24. Wild Horses (Feat. Matraca Berg & Suzy Bogguss)

25. The Answer (Work Tape)

26. Blackbirds (Work Tape) (Feat. Ben Glover)

27. Five Minutes (Work Tape)

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nancytontan
Blackbirds by Gretchen Peters is the best gryl "Johnny Cash" tune EVER.
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Imogene is my love dog's name, great name, great song and great dog....I call her Imogene Coco Channel, for 3 greats, including my Rat Terrier, Imo
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jeffreydanie l s
This is one of my favorite songs by Gretchen Peters. She's such a talented writer and performer.
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This song has a nice feel - reminds me of Trisha Yearwood's On a Bus to St. Cloud
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A female John Hiatt - I'm happy to learn about her and will look for her when she comes to my area.
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shes a good singer i like her
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As This Is The First Time I have Heard Gretchen Peters I Am Impressed With Her Music And Understand Why So Many Artist Have Recorded Her Music.
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lfish81
I agree!!
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what a great artist play more of her music.

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