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Peter Breinholt in July 2009
March 31, 1969 |
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
|Genres||Folk rock, rock, pop|
Breinholt grew up in Devon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, where his father Robert H. Breinholt taught at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is brother to Jeffrey Breinholt, and father to Nathan Breinholt.
Peter taught himself to play piano, guitar, and drums growing up. Around the age of 11 he began writing his own songs. Later, as a college student in Utah, Peter began performing at local coffee houses and restaurants. The response was so positive that Peter was quickly pressed to track his compositions for release. The resulting recording, "Songs About the Great Divide" caused a sensation in Utah, eventually being described by Salt Lake Magazine as "an underground classic on Utah college campuses". It became the best-selling, independently released CD ever in the state, almost entirely by word of mouth. Groups like the marching band at Brigham Young University soon began playing the song "You Wear Flowers" on the football field at halftime, and local high school choirs doing their own arrangements of the song. Breinholt began selling out major concert halls in his home state of Utah and eventually in surrounding states.
Between 1993 and 1995, Breinholt & Big Parade played nearly 100 shows and continued building their fan base. It was during these concerts the expanded Big Parade road-tested many of the songs that later appeared on Breinholt's second studio album, "Heartland". The underlying theme of that record is travel.
Some of Breinholt's best-known concerts have taken place at the 1,500-seat Eccles Amphitheater on the mountainside of Robert Redford's Sundance Ski Resort in Provo Canyon, UT. Breinholt's live album, Live September, was recorded over three sold-out nights there just days after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The album has become one of Breinholt's most enduring recordings.
Peter has also performed his music with several symphony orchestras and choirs. On New Year's Eve 2006, Peter appeared as a featured guest with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in an event broadcast worldwide. He also performed throughout his native Salt Lake during 2002 Winter Olympics held there.
Peter's songs have also been heard in CNN stories, movie trailers, and feature-length films. In 2008, Breinholt wrote and performed six songs for the movie Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007). He also contributed two songs to the DVD release of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary Resolved. The first song Breinholt completed as a teenager is the current theme song for the nationally syndicated television show, BrideAccess.com. His music was also used in 1999 to launch computer company iOmega's Hip Zip, a technological predecessor to the iPod. In 1997, Breinholt scored the music for an award-winning short entitled We Didn't, which was directed by his older brother John Breinholt. In 2006 Peter scored (and directed) a documentary film of his own entitled Buckland's Station.
- Songs about the Great Divide (1993)
- Heartland (1996)
- Deep Summer (1999)
- Live September (2001)
- Noel (2002)
- All the Color Green (2006)
- The Best of Peter Breinholt (May 2008)