Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis at the me & thee coffeehouse
From CMT.com on Pierce Pettis:
You know you've got a shot when Joan Baez covers one of your songs. That's what sparked the career of Alabama singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis in 1979 when Baez chose to include "Song at the End of the Movie" on her Honest Lullaby. From there, Pettis was involved with the Fast Folk movement in New York in the '80s alongside artists such as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega. He continued to write songs and eventually embarked on his solo career in 1987 with the independent release of Moments, an album which some still consider his finest. Following that, Pettis made his way onto High Street Records, issuing four releases between 1991 and 1996. Tinseltown, While the Serpent Lies Sleeping, Chase the Buffalo, and Making Light of It all garnered much critical praise, but failed to find a widespread audience. What Pettis did find were fans in other artists who began adding his original tunes to their own repertoires. Dar Williams snagged "Family" for her Mortal City disc, while Garth Brooks tapped "You Move Me" for his hit Sevens. Maintaining his status as a songwriter has always been a focus for Pettis, from his time at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to his work as a staff writer for PolyGram Publishing in Nashville. Making his name as an artist is another matter, and one that Pettis continues to pursue. In 1998, he aimed himself in a slightly different direction, he signed on with Compass Records and released Everything Matters. A fine collection of poignant character sketches, Everything Matters has a more refined, mature sound than previous efforts, perhaps due to the production of Grammy winner Gordon Kennedy who is best known for his work on Eric Clapton's "Change the World." ~ Kelly McCartney, Rovi
"It might be expected that the daughter of singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis would make music that's both brainy and quietly spiritual. Grace Pettis displays a winning idealism and an awareness of the world's injustices. "Nine to Five Girl" is a bittersweet portrait of a harried working woman that earned Pettis top honors in the 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong Songwriting Competition. The rock-tinged "Heard Enough Now" confronts an authority figure with a defiantly questioning attitude. More introspective are the dreamily jazzy "A Bird May Love" and the ruminative, Sarah McLachlan-esque "The Gypsy's Code." "What you Didn't Want to Know" is an engaging slice of lovelorn torment. While Grace can't be called carefree in attitude, she does allow herself a lighthearted moment with "Italy," a sunny travelogue. All the tunes benefit from Pettis' clear, emotive vocals, distinguished by her keening upper range. Grace Pettis is heartfelt and free from affectation and its fresh outlook is its strength."
-OFFICIAL ITUNES REVIEW
"In the marriage of word and melody, Grace Pettis sets the bar at a jaw-dropping high level...I can't force you to purchase a copy of this gem encrusted Grace Pettis. If you do I can guarantee a musical voyage that will have you pressing the repeat button with regularity."
-ARTHUR WOOD OF MAVERICK MAGAZINE, UK
"There is a wisdom in Grace's observations about life that makes her music go right to the heart. She sings and shares so honestly that it is inevitable listeners will hear themselves in her songs."
"This first outing for Grace Pettis is just great...These are fine songs from a brave, transparent young woman. She has a voice that reminds me of Karla Bonoff or a young Linda Ronstadt."
-LARRY BAUMGARTNER OF VICTORY REVIEW ACOUSTIC MUSIC MAGAZINE
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