Gretchen Peters

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Gretchen Peters
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Background information
Born (1957-11-14) November 14, 1957 (age 58)
Origin Bronxville, New York, United States
Genres Country, Folk, Americana
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Piano
Years active 1996–present
Labels Imprint Records
Curb Records
Associated acts Martina McBride
Website http://www.gretchenpeters.com

Gretchen Peters (born November 14, 1957 in Bronxville, New York) is an American singer and songwriter. She was born in New York and raised in Boulder, Colorado, but 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,Shania Twain, as well as for rock singers Neil Diamond and co-writing songs with Bryan Adams.[1]

In addition, Peters has released seven 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.

Peters was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5, 2014.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
UK
The Secret of Life
Gretchen Peters
  • Release date: February 13, 2001
  • Label: Purple Crayon Records
Halcyon
  • Release date: May 31, 2004
  • Label: Purple Crayon Records
Trio: Recorded Live
  • Release date: March 28, 2006
  • Label: Purple Crayon Records
Burnt Toast & Offerings
  • Release date: August 7, 2007
  • Label: Scarlet Letter Records
Northern Lights
  • Release date: October 21, 2008
  • Label: Scarlet Letter Records
One to the Heart, One to the Head
(with Tom Russell)
  • Release date: February 1, 2009
  • Label: Scarlet Letter Records
Circus Girl: The Best Of
(single CD and 2-CD versions)
  • Release date: May 12, 2009
  • Label: Scarlet Letter Records
Hello Cruel World
  • Release date: January 31, 2012
  • Label: Scarlet Letter Records
70
Woman on the Wheel: Live from the Hello Cruel World Tour 2012 (Limited Edition Book/CD/DVD)
  • Release date: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Scarlet Letter Records
Blackbirds
  • Release date: February 10, 2015
  • Label: Scarlet Letter Records
39
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1996 "When You Are Old" 68 The Secret of Life
1997 "The Secret of Life"
2012 "Hello Cruel World" Hello Cruel World
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
1999 "New Year's Eve 1999" Alabama 55 Christmas Vol. 2

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1996 "When You Are Old"[3] Bud Schaetzle

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
1995 Country Music Association Song of the Year Independence Day Won
1995 Grammy Awards Best Country Song Independence Day Nominated
1996 Grammy Awards Best Country Song You Don't Even Know Who I Am Nominated
1996 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year You Don't Even Know Who I Am Nominated
2002 Golden Globes Best Original Song Here I Am Nominated
2016 UK Americana Association International Album of the Year Blackbirds Won
2016 UK Americana Association International Artist of the Year Gretchen Peters Nominated
2016 UK Americana Association International Song of the Year (shared with Ben Glover) Blackbirds Won

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson & Jim McBride
CMA Award for Song of the Year - Independence Day performed by Martina McBride
1995
Succeeded by
Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill