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Michael Peterson (singer)

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Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson performing aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, December 2005
Michael Peterson performing aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, December 2005
Background information
Birth nameMichael James Peterson[1]
Born (1959-08-07) August 7, 1959 (age 64)[2]
Tucson, Arizona, United States[2]
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1986–present
LabelsSparrow, Reprise, Monument

Michael James Peterson (born August 7, 1959) is an American country music artist. He made his debut on the country music scene in 1997 with his second self-titled album (following his 1986 release featuring contemporary Christian songs), which produced five Top 40 hits on Billboards Hot Country Singles & Tracks, including the Number One hit "From Here to Eternity". Peterson's second album, 1999's Being Human, produced two more chart singles, and a third album, 2004's Modern Man, was issued only in Europe. Peterson also made a cameo appearance on an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger.



Michael Peterson was born in Tucson, Arizona, on August 7, 1959. At an early age, he was influenced by the music that his grandmother listened to, such as Cole Porter and Roger Miller.[3]

After attending high school at Richland High School in Richland, WA, Peterson later earned a football scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University, where he won a national championship.[3] One of his teammates, Brad Westering, was also working as a producer for Deniece Williams at the time. Through Westering, Peterson got the opportunity to write songs for Williams, as well as gospel headliners The Imperials. This all led to the production of Peterson's first release, "Michael Peterson", a collection of contemporary Christian songs, on Sparrow Records in 1986.[4] Eventually, Peterson traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where he started working as a professional songwriter, collaborating with other writers such as Josh Leo and Robert Ellis Orrall.

Michael Peterson


Orrall suggested that Peterson sign to a recording contract, and in December 1996, Peterson was signed to Reprise Records, a division of the Warner Music Group. His debut single, "Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie", was released that year, charting at No. 3 on the Billboard country charts and No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the lead-off single to Peterson's self-titled debut album (not to be confused with the Christian album of the same name from 1986), which also produced four more chart singles. The second one, "From Here to Eternity", became Peterson's first and only Number One hit, while "Too Good to Be True" reached No. 8. Following it was "When the Bartender Cries" at No. 37 and "By the Book" at No. 19. The album was certified gold by the RIAA for shipping 500,000 copies in the U.S. Also in 1997, Peterson was named Male Artist of the Year by Billboard.[5]

In 1998, Peterson appeared on Jenny Simpson's 1998 self-titled album, singing duet vocals on "Grow Young with You".[6] Peterson made a guest appearance on a 1998 episode of Walker, Texas Ranger called "Eyes of a Ranger."

Being Human


Peterson released his second album, Being Human, in 1999.[3] Its lead-off single, "Somethin' 'bout a Sunday", failed to reach top 40, and "Sure Feels Real Good" peaked at No. 39. Also in 1999, Peterson co-wrote the title track to Travis Tritt's album No More Looking over My Shoulder, which was released as a single. After a Super Hits album for the label, Peterson exited Warner Music Group.

Modern Man


After his departure from Warner, Peterson signed to Monument Records Nashville. His third studio album, Modern Man, was to have been released in 2002 for the label. Although its title track and "Lesson in Goodbye" both entered the country charts (with the former being the highest-debuting single of his career[5]), the album itself was not issued in the US due to a restructuring of the label's parent company.[5] AGR, a European record label, acquired the album and issued it in Europe in 2004.[5] Six singles were released from it in Europe, including Peterson's own rendition of "No More Looking over My Shoulder." Also included on the album was the track "Right About Now", which Ty Herndon later released from his 2007 album of the same name.

After Modern Man


Peterson's songs have been covered by a number of artists. Though his last charting single was in 2002, he continues to release albums and performs at military benefits.



Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US Country[7] US[8] US
CAN Country
Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson 17 115 2 13
Being Human
  • Release date: June 8, 1999
  • Label: Reprise Records
32 20
Modern Man
  • Release date: May 21, 2004
  • Label: AGR
Down on the Farm
  • Release date: January 16, 2006
  • Label: Midnight Music
In Black
Grave to the Cradle
  • Release date: June 13, 2008
  • Label: Beyond Music
Baby I'm Sticking With You
  • Release date: May 1, 2009
  • Label: Beyond Music
You Can Hear A Pin Drop
  • Release date: November 6, 2009
  • Label: self-released
We Are Veterans
  • Release date: August 30, 2013
  • Label: self-released
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

Title Album details
Super Hits
Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie
  • Release date: December 29, 2017
  • Label: 37 Records


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country[10] US[11] CAN Country
1997 "Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie" 3 86 2 Michael Peterson
"From Here to Eternity" 1 11
1998 "Too Good to Be True" 8 5
"When the Bartender Cries" 37 31
"By the Book" 19 A 22
1999 "Somethin' 'bout a Sunday" 45 77 Being Human
"Sure Feels Real Good" 39 38
2002 "Modern Man" 44 Modern Man
"Lesson in Goodbye" 58
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
1997 "Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie" Tim Hamilton
"From Here to Eternity" Steven Goldmann
1998 "Too Good to Be True"
"When the Bartender Cries" chris rogers
1999 "Sure Feels Real Good"[12] David Hogan
2002 "Modern Man"[13] Steven Goldmann
2007 "I Remember America"[14] N/A
2008 "The Warriors Anthem"[15] N/A
2009 "I'm A Soldier"[16] N/A
"You Can Hear A Pin Drop"[17] N/A

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Nominee/Work Result
1998 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Male Vocalist Michael Peterson Nominated
TNN/Music City News Awards Male Star of Tomorrow Michael Peterson Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Horizon Award Michael Peterson Nominated
1999 TNN/Music City News Awards Male Star of Tomorrow Michael Peterson Won


  1. ^ "Results for Peterson, Michael James". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2012). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 259. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  3. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Michael Peterson biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 22, 2008.
  4. ^ "Michael Peterson". The Kent Island Bay Times. June 24, 2006. p. 16. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Michael Peterson biography". Michael Peterson official website. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  6. ^ "Jenny Simpson". Allmusic. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Top Country Albums results for Michael Peterson". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Billboard 200 results for Michael Peterson". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Top Heatseekers results for Michael Peterson". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "Hot Country Songs results for Michael Peterson". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Hot 100 results for Michael Peterson". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : Michael Peterson : Sure Feels Real Good". Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  13. ^ "Modern Man – Michael Peterson". Vevo. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  14. ^ "I Remember America – Michael Peterson". Michael Peterson. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "The Warrior's Anthem – Michael Peterson". Michael Peterson. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "I'm A Soldier – Michael Peterson". Michael Peterson. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  17. ^ "You Can Hear A Pin Drop – Michael Peterson". Michael Peterson. Retrieved February 4, 2018.