Andrew Peterson (musician)

Andrew Peterson (born June 4, 1974) is an American Christian musician and author, who plays folk rock, roots rock, and country gospel music.

Andrew Peterson
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Andrew Peterson performing in 2019
Background information
Born (1974-06-04) June 4, 1974 (age 45)
OriginMonticello, Illinois
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • author
Years active1996–present
LabelsCentricity, Essential, Fervent
Associated actsAndy Gullahorn, Ben Shive

Peterson is a founding member of the Square Peg Alliance, a group of Christian songwriters. He has toured with Caedmon's Call, Fernando Ortega, Michael Card, Sara Groves, Bebo Norman, Nichole Nordeman, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive, Eric Peters, and other members of the Square Peg Alliance.

Musical careerEdit

In 1996, Peterson began touring across America with his wife Jamie, and guitarist Gabe Scott. Peterson had yet to release a full-length album, and had no recording contract. Then one day, Caedmon's Call lead guitarist and vocalist Derek Webb came across his website, and was so impressed by the lyrics that he invited Peterson to open for his band at an upcoming show. The band enjoyed his performance and he was invited to join them on their 1998 tour.[1]

This led to Peterson signing in 1999 with Watershed/Essential Records. His first full-length album, Carried Along was released in 2000. The album was listed on CCM Magazine's list of the Top 10 albums of 2000.[1] It featured the top ten radio single, "Nothing to Say".[2]

Peterson's second album, Clear to Venus released on September 11, 2001.

In 2003, Peterson released Love and Thunder. It featured Alison Krauss, Cliff Young and Randall Goodgame and was produced by Dove award-winning Christian music veteran, Steve Hindalong.[1] Also in 2003, Peterson read narration for the audio version of Ray Blackston's novel, Flabbergasted, and Caedmon's Call recorded "Mystery of Mercy", a song Peterson co-wrote with Randall Goodgame, for their album Back Home

In 2004, Peterson's song "Family Man", from the album Love and Thunder, was nominated in the category "Country Recorded Song of the Year" for the 35th Annual Dove Awards.[2] Peterson also released a Christmas album, Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. Since the holiday season of 2004, Peterson and a wide variety of fellow Nashville area musicians have gone on tour playing the songs from the album, culminating in an annual performance in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Peterson recorded a new edition of the album that was released on October 25, 2019.[3][non-primary source needed]

In 2005, Peterson released The Far Country and Appendix A: Bootlegs and B Sides.

In 2006, Peterson worked with his friend Randall Goodgame to release Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies, a children's album. The album produced two tracks which were featured on the newest video in the bestselling Veggie Tales series called The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's.[1] Peterson sang the song "Arise, Arise" on Songs from the Voice, Vol. 2: Son of the Most High, a compilation album produced by Don Chaffer of Waterdeep. That same year, Michael Card recorded Peterson's song "The Silence of God" for his album The Hidden Face of God. Peterson has appeared on Card's radio show on numerous occasions.

In 2007, Peterson independently released Appendix M: Media / Music / Movies, an EP containing live versions, original demos, and rarities. Later that year, Randy Travis recorded Peterson's "Labor of Love" for his 2007 Christmas album Home for the Holidays.

In July 2008, Peterson signed with the Christian label Centricity Music.[4] On October 21, 2008, Peterson released Resurrection Letters, Volume Two, a collection of songs about what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means for people today.[5] The album reached No. 9 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart.[6]

In August 2010 Peterson released Counting Stars, which debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart. His single from the album, "Dancing in the Minefields", reached No. 13 on Billboard's Top Christian Songs chart and stayed on the chart for 19 weeks.[6]

On August 24, 2012 Andrew released the album Light for the Lost Boy to critical acclaim, due to a fuller band sound which maintains his depth of lyrical content.

In October 2016, Peterson released The Burning Edge of Dawn, which includes a song sung with his daughter Skye.[7]

Peterson released a five-song EP, Resurrection Letters: Prologue, in February 2018, as a follow up to Resurrection Letters, Volume 2.[8] On March 30, Resurrection Letters, Volume One was released.[9] This album contained "Is he Worthy" written by himself and Ben Shive which was covered by Chris Tomlin's Holy Roar album on September 28, 2018.[10]


In 2007, Andrew Peterson published The Ballad of Matthew's Begats with illustrator Cory Godbey. It is a children's book based on the song of the same name from Peterson's annual Christmas show, Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ.[11]

Peterson also wrote a four-book series of fantasy/adventure novels for young adults entitled The Wingfeather Saga published by Waterbrook Press, a subsidiary of Random House and Rabbit Room Press. The first novel, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, was released March 18, 2008.[1][12] The second novel in the series, North! Or Be Eaten, winner of the 2009 Christie Award for Young Adult Fiction, was released August 18, 2009, and the third novel in the series, The Monster in the Hollows, was released in May 2011. The series concluded with The Warden and the Wolf King, and won the 2015 Clive Staples Award for Imaginative Fiction. This novel was funded successfully through Kickstarter in August 2013 and was released in July 2014.[13]

Musical styleEdit

Peterson plays in the vein of a folk,[14] rock,[15] bluegrass,[16] country,[17][18] blues,[17] and pop musician,[19][20] while to a lesser extent rock and roll,[17] where this enables him to play Christian pop,[19][20] Christian rock,[15] folk rock,[15] roots rock,[19][21] and country gospel styles and genres of music.[17][18]

Personal lifeEdit

The son of a pastor, Peterson spent his childhood in the rural farm town of Monticello, Illinois. Peterson's family relocated to Florida when he was seven. His parents originated from that state. After living outside of Jacksonville for a few years, his family settled in Lake Butler. Peterson graduated from Florida Christian College in 1997. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and three children.



Year Album Type Peak positions
US Christ.
1996 Walk Studio
2000 Carried Along Studio 32
2001 Clear to Venus Studio 27
2003 Love and Thunder Studio 38
2004 Behold the Lamb of God Christmas
2005 The Far Country Studio
2006 Appendix A: Bootlegs and B Sides Compilation
(includes live tracks)
Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies
(credited to Andrew Peterson and Randall Goodgame)
2007 Appendix M: Media / Music / Movies EP
2008 Resurrection Letters, Volume Two Studio 128 9
2009 Appendix C: Live with the Captains Courageous Live
2010 Counting Stars Studio 123 7
2011 Above These City Lights Live 7
2012 Light for the Lost Boy Studio 125 8 54
2014 After All These Years: A Collection Compilation 28
2015 The Burning Edge of Dawn Studio 97 3
2018 Resurrection Letters: Prologue (EP) Studio EP 17
Resurrection Letters: Volume 1 Studio 126 4
2019 Behold the Lamb of God: 20th Anniversary Edition Studio 39


(Selective singles and videos)

  • 2000: "Nothing to Say"
  • 2004: "Family Man"
  • 2010: "Dancing in the Minefields" (peaked at No. 13 on Billboard's Top Christian Songs chart)
  • 2012: "Rest Easy"
  • 2014: "After All These Years"


  • 2005: Behold the Lamb of God Live (DVD)


  • 2007: The Ballad of Matthew's Begats
  • 2008: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: The Wingfeather Saga, Book One
  • 2009: North! Or Be Eaten: The Wingfeather Saga, Book Two
  • 2011: The Monster in the Hollows: The Wingfeather Saga, Book Three
  • 2014: The Warden and the Wolf King: The Wingfeather Saga, Book Four
  • 2016: Wingfeather Tales (editor)
  • 2019: Adorning the Dark


GMA Dove Awards

Year Nominee Award Result
2019 "Is He Worthy?" Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e "Andrew Peterson – The Acoustic Roots Singer Finding New Outlets as an Author". November 2007. Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved December 3, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Andrew Peterson – Biography." Christianity Today.. Retrieved December 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "Celebrating Release Day For Behold The Lamb of God". October 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Centricity Music Signs Veteran Singer/Songwriter, Andrew Peterson Archived March 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ " – Andrew Signs with New Label". October 2008. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved October 17, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Andrew Peterson
  7. ^ "Andrew Peterson - "The Burning Edge of Dawn" - Centricity Music". Centricity Music. July 27, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Rabbit Room | Now Available – Resurrection Letters: Prologue". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Geil, Mark. "The Rabbit Room | Resurrection Letters Release Day". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  10. ^ ""Is He Worthy?" by... Chris Tomlin?". UTR Media. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Peterson, A & Godbey, C (2007): "The Ballad of Matthew's Begats", Thomas Nelson, ISBN 1-4003-0909-3
  12. ^ "Andrew Peterson – Journal". January 2007. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved December 3, 2007.
  13. ^ "The Warden and the Wolf King". Kickstarter. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  14. ^ Hurst, Josh (July 27, 2010). "Counting Stars". Christianity Today. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  15. ^ a b c Hunter, Andrea. "Andrew Peterson: Light for the Lost Boy". Worship Leader. p. 88. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  16. ^ Argyrakis, Andy. "Andrew Peterson: Love and Thunder" (PDF). CCM Magazine. pp. 42–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  17. ^ a b c d Nunnery, Laura (August 15, 2005). "Andrew Peterson, "The Far Country" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  18. ^ a b Francis, Catherine E. (June 1, 2000). "Review: Carried Along - Andrew Peterson". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  19. ^ a b c Breimeier, Russ (September 11, 2001). "Clear to Venus". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  20. ^ a b Kittle, Ashleigh (March 21, 2000). "Carried Along – Andrew Peterson". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  21. ^ Cross Rhythms. "Andrew Peterson Artist Profile". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  22. ^ "Andrew Peterson Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "Andrew Peterson Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  24. ^ "Andrew Peterson discography". Archived from the original on October 11, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2013.

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