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Charlie Peacock

Record Producer, Recording Artist, Pianist, Songwriter

About Me

Charlie Peacock is a Grammy Award-winning, multi-format performer, composer and record producer. Peacock's production credits range from Al Green and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to current AAA and Americana successes such as The Lone Bellow, Holly Williams, Ben Rector and Brett Dennen. Most recently, Peacock produced “Misery Chain” for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell featuring Joy Williams, from the soundtrack to the film, 12 Years A Slave. Peacock began his iconoclastic career in the 1980s as a singer-songwriter for A&M, then Island Records. In addition to his unique solo efforts, Peacock has played a lead role in creating major chart hits in three separate decades—most notably Amy Grant's “Every Heartbeat” (1991), Switchfoot's “Dare You to Move” (2002), The Civil Wars' Gold debut album Barton Hollow (2011) - earning Grammys for Best Folk Album and Country Duo - and the (2013) #1 Billboard debut, The Civil Wars, featuring the co-written single, “The One That Got Away.” In recent years, Peacock's solo output has included his acclaimed singer-songwriter release, No Man's Land (2012), and two jazz/improvisational releases, Love Press Ex-Curio (2005) and Arc of the Circle (2008), a duet collaboration with saxophonist Jeff Coffin. The former reached #4 on the CMJ Jazz Chart after highest debut and the latter hit #2 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and was featured in Jazz Times and Downbeat. Peacock has performed and recorded with such notable jazz artists as Ralph Alessi, Don Alias, Scott Amendola, Joey Baron, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Ravi Coltrane, James Genus, Felix Pastorius, Ben Perowsky, Marc Ribot, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kirk Whalum, Matt Wilson, and Victor Wooten.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans, and the music of so many more, but especially Keith Jarrett and Andrew Hill, two major influences on my own playing. Most influential recordings as a young person: Miles Davis, Someday My Prince Will Come and Bitches Brew - literally wore the vinyl out on these two. Special mention of Coltrane for Giant Steps and A Love Supreme. Favorite pianists working today? No question - Vijay Iyer and Uri Caine.

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