Gretchen Peters

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Gretchen Peters
Background information
Born (1957-11-14) November 14, 1957 (age 58)
Origin Bronxville, New York, United States
Genres Country, folk
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels Imprint Records
Curb Records
Associated acts Martina McBride

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, as well as for rock singers Neil Diamond and co-writing songs with Bryan Adams.[1] She won the Country Music Association Song Of The Year award for McBride's "Independence Day" in 1995.[2] She was twice 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.

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.[3]



Title Album details Peak positions
The Secret of Life
Gretchen Peters
  • Release date: February 13, 2001
  • Label: Purple Crayon Records
  • 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
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
  • Release date: February 10, 2015
  • Label: Scarlet Letter Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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"[4] Bud Schaetzle


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
Succeeded by
Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill