Andrew Peterson (Photo submitted)
The previous year has been an eventful one for contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson.
In fact, he’s accomplished several feats that many rising artists would only dream to achieve.
He has been featured on a few “best of” lists for his 2012 release “Light for the Lost Boy,” while he also found time over the past couple of months to perform on the Grand Ole Opry and host a double-night dip at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
“It was amazing," Peterson said about his performance a few weeks ago."I was pretty nervous going into it. It’s such an established place to play. It was the Grand Ole Opry machine and it just wasn’t me and my buddies. I was thinking 100 years ago, the same thing was happening. I have a deep respect for it.”
While playing in "The Mother Church of Country Music" was quite an endeavor, Peterson’s next steps walk him into Believers Chapel in Murfreesboro on Friday, Feb. 1.
Peterson has performed in Murfreesboro during the past at other churches and coffee shops, but he said he is looking forward to this visit as it kicks off the new year and tour. And he has promised a night full of stories and songs.
One of the central stories on his latest album lies in the realization that individuals aren’t as innocent as they were when they were younger. And this realization made the album a special one for Peterson to record; he added it was fun, but scary at times, because he took a few new approaches.
“I can’t tell you how gratifying it was to make that album," Peterson said about the recording process. "I was willing to be more vague in what the songs were about. Usually, when I write a song, I keep the listener in the front of my mind. With this record, some of the songs were painful to write so I was nervous to record an album that tells a story."
It’s been almost a year since “Light for the Lost Boy” was recorded.
In the time since, Peterson closed out the year with a couple of shows at Ryman Auditorium. Although the Ryman performance has been running for eight years, this past year was the first where he performed a double booking, and it captured a meaning of homecoming for the artist.
“We had been on the road for a few weeks, and there’s something about being in the Ryman where you can see everyone in the room. It was a feeling of coming home,” Peterson said.
While not making music, Peterson said he is an avid moviegoer and also enjoys the concept of community. One of his other projects is Rabbit Room, an interactive online collective where contributors range from authors, songwriters, pastors and other walks of life.
The idea came from Peterson’s love of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien because their stories spoke to him in many ways.
After a trip to England, Peterson said he saw the native people still read stories to each other with tradition still in play and wanted to translate that feeling to the Nashville community.
“We want each other to succeed. It’s our attempt to try to make us all better writers,” Peterson said about the mission of Rabbit Room.
In the same manner, Peterson keeps his eye on what’s happening with the industry and other artists who also focus on the craft of the song.
“There’s so much great songwriting by Christians artists," he said. "I think that what is happening in the music industry is a good thing. When I look at music in the community, I see people who want to write the best songs they can. I think it allows a lot more people to work on their writing."
At the end of the day, Peterson is all about the story and the song, and that is what fans should expect at Believer’s Chapel.
Peterson's show begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. The concert will also feature Noah Curtis and tickets are $15. They can be purchased on the Believers Chapel campus, located at 1820 S. Rutherford Blvd in Murfreesboro.
For more information on Andrew Peterson, visit Andrew-peterson.com.