Pierce & Grace PettisSeptember 15, 2011
Pierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters. His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life. Pettis’ music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing. Add to this music Grace; his daughter and an accomplished songwriter as well, and you have an evening of wonderful music you won’t soon forget. She won the 2011 New Folk songwriting award at the Kerrville Music Festival in Texas –following past winners such as Steve Earle, David Wilcox, John Gorka, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earle Keen, Ellis Paul, and James McMurtry –and Pierce. In fact, Grace and Pierce are the only father-daughter winners in the festival’s 40 year history. The year Pierce won in 1987 –the year Grace was born.
Pierce Pettis has performed in all 48 continental states as well as in Canada and Europe, appeared nine times on American Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, been featured on National Public Radio’s E-town, Morning Edition and World Cafe … appeared on VH-1, CBS News, and the Nashville Network.
During his long career Pierce Pettis has been a writer at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, recorded for Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York, won the prestigious New Folk songwriting competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and was a staff songwriter at Polygram/Universal Music Publishing in Nashville. He has received numerous songwriting awards including a 1999 ASCAP Country Music Award for “You Move Me” –recorded by Garth Brooks.
After three critically acclaimed albums on the Windham Hill/ High Street label, Pettis joined Compass Records in Nashville, releasing five albums. The lastest, “That Kind of Love”, (2009) received raves from XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, American Songwriter, The (London, UK) Sunday Express, Image Quarterly . . . to name a few. The album was ranked at #2 nationally, in February of 2009 in the Roots Music Report for acoustic/folk releases.
Grace has solidified her reputation as an accomplished songwriter with her recent win at the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Contest, as well as being asked to perform at the2011 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase.
In the fall of 2009 Grace released her self-titled debut album recorded at the renowned Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, TX. After releasing her album she splashed on to the music scene winning NPRs 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, where her, “Nine to Five Girl” was selected for the “Best Song” award.
Grace carried this momentum when she performed as an “Official Showcase Artist,”at the 2010 International Folk Alliance conference, where she captured the attention of John Platt, Rich Warren and many others as one of the young standouts. Later that spring Grace won the Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest Grand Prize, and the “People’s Choice” award.
Grace went on to join the Storyville Coffee “Freedom Tour” with the likes of Willie Porter, David Wilcox, and Pierce Pettis. After touring with Storyville Coffee in the summer she continued to tour in various arrangements from solo, to duo performances with Pierce Pettis, to trio performances with Billy Crockett and Dirje Smith.
Grace is now gearing up to record her highly anticipated second album, which will be released early 2012. In the meantime Grace will be touring across the country building on her ever growing fan base.