TWO-TIME Grammy nominee Gretchen Peters will perform at the Swan theatre in High Wycombe next Sunday as part
TWO-TIME Grammy nominee Gretchen Peters will perform at the Swan theatre in High Wycombe next Sunday as part of her 20th anniversary tour.
The American singer-songwriter signed her first recording contract in 1996 and has steadily released music and toured ever since.
Her latest recording, Blackbirds, which was released last year, debuted at number one in the UK country artists albums chart.
Peters then completed a sold-out UK tour and performed on massive European festival stages, including Glastonbury and Roskilde.
But her 20 years as a performer in her own right is not the entire story as she first made her name as a songwriter.
Peters first arried in Nashville in 1987 and penned tracks for some of the biggest names in country music, including Shania Twain, Bryan Adams and Etta James.
She landed her first number one with George Strait’s version of her Chill of an Early Fall, and received her first Grammy award nomination for Martina McBride’s recording of Independence Day.
It was then she decided to be a performing artist in her own right, releasing her debut album, The Secret Life, in 1996.
Peters recalls: “I remember going on my first radio tour for my debut album and the guys in the stations would say,‘you’re a songwriter, and now you want to be an artist?’
“Performing my own material was always in my sights. I didn’t separate the writing from the performing from the recording in my mind.” She added: “I always saw myself as a singer-songwriter and that was all part of the job.”
Peters self-released released seven more studio albums over the next 20 years and built up a following on both sides of the pond.
It was her 2012 effort, Hello Cruel World, which helped her really make her mark and she started to headline her own sold-out tours. She released a live DVD and CD, Woman On The Wheel, in 2013.
Then, in 2014, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters hall of fame, joining the likes of Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell and Hank Williams.
For tickets, priced at £23.50, call the box office on 01491 512000 or visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk