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Charlie Peacock

Born: August 10, 1956    Primary Instrument: Piano

Charlie Peacock

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 with features 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....
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Awards:

Awards Highlights: (3) Grammy Awards (Folk, Country, Rock Gospel) (6) Grammy Nominations (2) BMI Pop Awards (8) BMI Gospel Awards (2) ASCAP Pop Awards (4) ASCAP Gospel Awards (9) GMA Dove Awards BMI Certificate of Achievements for One Million and Two Million airplays 3x Award winner, Nashville Songwriters Association International (1x Pop Song of the Year and 2x Gospel Song of the Year) Multiple Gold/Platinum recordings, with over 20 Million cumulative sales on productions and/or songs
“A mainstay of the Nashville music scene Charlie Peacock is one of the most prolific cultural influencers to come out of Nashville.” – Brite Revolution

“Fans of cross-genre records will find plenty to like amidst Peacock’s universe of contemporary sound sculpture that still leaves room for inspired solos and a relaxed sense of interplay.” - All About Jazz

“Peacock blends a jazz sensibility with rock-soul fervor.” – Jazz times

“The folksy piano solo ‘Frank the Marxist Memorial Gong Blues’ sounds quite unlike its title – are we sure Peacock really lives in Nashville?” – One Final Note

“It took catching Charlie Peacock unveiling his hip Miles Davis-inspired electric jazz project at New York’s Jazz Standard to unearth his CD “Love Press Ex-Curio.” It has high energy, loops and fine keyboard playing by Peacock, who is joined by saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Kirk Whalum, and electric bassist Victor Wooten, among others.” – Billboard

Years have passed since [rock icons] Bill Graham and Chris Blackwell plucked him from the San Francisco punk/pop underground and pegged him for stardom. He moved to Music City in the late '80s and plunged into a ten-year run of full-time, Grammy-winning work as a producer. Peacock remains one of the most respected musicians in Nashville. - Keyboard Magazine

“ . . . genre-defying . . . making music for the sheer joy of it . . .” - Performing Songwriter

Peacock got his start in Sacramento bands that channeled electric-era Miles Davis, and he's brought musicians like John Zorn associates Joey Baron and Marc Ribot, as well as John and Alice Coltrane's son, Ravi, aboard for his two most recent solo albums, Love Press Ex-Curio and Arc of the Circle. [Peacock’s] most recent hit is the deeply sublimated folk-country of Civil Wars' Barton Hollow. - Disquiet

“[Jeff] Coffin and Peacock's improvisational lines spill over and intertwine delightfully. There are surprises galore as the two masterly musicians traverse the arc of their considerable artistry. [Arc of the Circle] is a beautiful CD which will surely be remembered among the jazzier highlights of 2008.” E-Jazz News

“Charlie Peacock's life is like a game of musical chairs: he is constantly changing seats and trading places.” - Electronic Musician

  • Lie Down in the Grass ( 1984, Exit Records)
  • Lie Down in the Grass ( 1985, A&M Records). "Watching Eternity" and "Human Condition" featured on the 1984 release, were removed and replaced by "Young in Heart" and "Love Doesn't Get Any Better."
  • Charlie Peacock ( 1986, Island Records/ Exit Records)
  • West Coast Diaries: Vol. 1 ( 1987, Jamz Ltd) - cassette only indie release
  • West Coast Diaries: Vol. 2 ( 1988, Jamz Ltd) - cassette only indie release
  • West Coast Diaries: Vol. 3 ( 1989, Jamz Ltd) - cassette only indie release
  • Secret of Time ( 1990, Sparrow Records)
  • Love Life ( 1991, Sparrow Records)
  • West Coast Diaries: Vol. 1-3 ( 1991, Sparrow Records)
  • Everything That's On My Mind ( 1995, Sparrow Records)
  • Strangelanguage (1996, re:think/EMI)
  • In the Light: The Very Best of Charlie Peacock ( 1996, re:think/EMI)
  • Live In the Netherlands( 1998, CP Collector Series)
  • Last Vestiges of Honor ( 1998, CP Collector Series). Recorded by The Charlie Peacock Group in 1981 (a 12" single of two songs was released in California and Japan in 1981).
  • Kingdom Come ( 1999, re:think/EMI CMG)
  • Full Circle ( 2004, Sparrow Records)
  • Love Press Ex-Curio ( 2005, Runway Network/Emergent/RED)
  • Arc of the Circle ( 2008, Runway Network)
  • No Man's Land ( 2012, Twenty Ten Music)
  • Lemonade (2013, Twenty Ten Music)

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Nashville, TN

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Record Production, improvisation, songwriting and composition

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