Contemporary Christian and folk singer, songwriter and musician Andrew Peterson was born in Monticello, Illinois in 1974. It was in 1996 that he began touring, alongside his wife Jamie and guitarist Gabe Scott. At the time, he did not have a recording contract, but, after the band Caedmon’s Call was introduced to his talent, the band’s lead guitarist called him up and invited him to open for the band. After the successful performance, Peterson joined the band for their 1998 tour. This experience led to his first full-length album in 2000, which was listed on CCM Magazine’s list of Top 10 albums of the year and featured Top 10 hit “Nothing to Say.”
In 2004, his song “Family Man,” which was released on his 2003 album Love and Thunder, was nominated for Country Recorded Song of the Year at the 35th Annual Dove Awards. In 2008, he released the album Resurrection Letters, Volume Two, a collection of songs that focus on what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means for people today. The album peaked at Number Nine on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums.
As a songwriter, Peterson has encountered much success as well. He is a founding member of the group of Christian songwriters known as the Square Peg Alliance. Caedmon’s Call recorded “Mystery of Mercy,” which Peterson co-wrote in 2003. In 2007, Randy Travis recorded “Labor of Love” on his Christmas album.
Peterson’s career as a writer doesn’t stop at lyrics, however. Also in 2007, he published the children’s book The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats. He has also been working on a series of fantasy and adventure young adult novels, The Wingfeather Saga. The series’ first book was released in 2008, entitled On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. The two sequels, North! Or Be Eaten and The Monster in the Hollows, were released in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The final installment of the award-winning series, The Warden and the Wolf King, has yet to be released.