Michael Peterson (singer)
Michael Peterson performing aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, December 2005
|Birth name||Michael James Peterson|
|Born||August 7, 1959|
|Origin||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Associated acts||Robert Ellis Orrall, Josh Leo|
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 self-titled debut album, 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.
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. 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. 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.
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 were "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.
In 1998, Peterson appeared on Jenny Simpson's 1998 self-titled album, singing duet vocals on "Grow Young with You". Peterson made a guest appearance on a 1998 episode of Walker, Texas Ranger called "Eyes of a Ranger."
Peterson released his second album, Being Human, in 1999. 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.
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), the album itself was not issued in the US due to a restructuring of the label's parent company. AGR, a European record label, acquired the album and issued it in Europe in 2004. 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 song was in 2002, he continues to release albums and performs at military benefits.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Down on the Farm||
|Grave to the Cradle||
|Baby I'm Sticking With You||
|You Can Hear A Pin Drop||
|We Are Veterans||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Country||US||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|
|1999||"By the Book"||19||—A||22|
|"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|
* denotes unknown peak positions
- A"By the Book" did not enter the Hot 100, but peaked at number 1 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-song extension of the Hot 100.
|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"||David Hogan|
|2002||"Modern Man"||Steven Goldmann|
|2007||"I Remember America"||N/A|
|2008||"The Warriors Anthem"||N/A|
|2009||"I'm A Soldier"||N/A|
|"You Can Hear A Pin Drop"||N/A|
- Whitburn, Joel (2012). Hot Country Songs 1944-2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 259. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
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- "CMT : Videos : Michael Peterson : Sure Feels Real Good". Retrieved 2011-04-17.
- "Modern Man - Michael Peterson". Vevo. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
- "I Remember America - Michael Peterson". Michael Peterson. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
- "The Warrior's Anthem - Michael Peterson". Michael Peterson. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
- "I'm A Soldier - Michael Peterson". Michael Peterson. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
- "You Can Hear A Pin Drop - Michael Peterson". Michael Peterson. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
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