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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 27, 2013: Hear Gretchen Peters play a Winter Wind Concert in Norman

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 27, 2013

Today’s featured event:

NORMAN — Hear Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters play a Winter Wind Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Norman Depot, 200 S Jones.

A singer-songwriter in the folk/country genre, Peters was raised in Boulder, Colo., then moved to Nashville in the late 1980s. There, she found work as a songwriter, composing hits for Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Anne Murray, as well as for rock singer Neil Diamond. She won the Country Music Association Song Of The Year award for McBride’s “Independence Day” in 1995. The title track of her own 1996 debut album, “The Secret of Life,” later recorded by Faith Hill, hit No. 5 on the country charts.

Peters has released nine albums of her own. She keeps the accent on the beautiful throughout her most recent disc, with both her poetic language and the spare, evocative sounds she created in the studio to support her organic storytelling. The title, “Hello Cruel World,” is a pun on the famed exit line — a joke that, like the lovely melodies and deliciously textured arrangements — sweetens this captivating music spun from a year of turmoil. Peters calls “Hello Cruel World” her “most close-to-the-bone work, written at a time when I felt absolutely fearless about telling the truth.”

Performing Songwriter (which ranked “Hello Cruel World” No. 2 on its Best of 2012 list) writes “Gretchen Peters is one of the finest songwriters of any genre, and that fact is on full display on ‘Hello Cruel World.’ There’s not a wasted word or missed note, and the visuals she paints lyrically and melodically are astounding. It’s in her own voice where you’ll find the true, beating heart of her songs.”

“Her songwriting chops are formidable, but she also brings the goods as a singer with lived-in performances that are layered, expressive, and authoritative.” echoes Country Universe, listing Hello Cruel World at No. 27 on its Top Albums of 2012.

Peters will be joined by her long time piano accompanist Barry Walsh. Concert tickets are available through or at the Norman Depot.

Winter Wind Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Glen Brown; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Mike Goodman; and Danna Primm. Friends include Marie Soliel, Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, Cafe Plaid, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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