Two of Christian music’s premiere singer/songwriters will launch their first tour together next month. Centricity Music label-mates Andrew Peterson and Jason Gray will start The StoryTellers Tour February 16th in Illinois and will conclude March 16th in Ohio. Both artists will bring their unique brand of humor, heartfelt lyrics and intimate performances that are sure to delight their many fans across eight states.
Fans know Andrew Peterson as a man of many talents. A phenomenal singer/songwriter, his newest album, Light for the Lost Boy released August 2012 to rave reviews and his previous project Counting Stars deubted at #1 on iTunes and #6 on Billboard. His single, “Dancing in the Minefiled” reached the Top 10 on the Christian AC chart and the song’s video reached over a million views online. Peterson appeared on the spring and fall legs of the Steven Curtis Chapman Songs & Stories Tour in 2011 and 2012, and last December embarked on his 13th annual Christmas tour, Behold the Lamb of God Tour. In January 2013, Peterson made his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
Peterson takes his storytelling beyond music with his Wingfeather Saga series. The second book in the series, “North! Or Be Eaten” won the 2010 Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction. He is presently working on the fourth and final book in the series, which is due to release in 2013.
Believing in the power of community, Peterson is the host of a highly popular online creative community known as the Rabbit Room ( www.RabbitRoom.com). Last fall he hosted Hutchmoot, the third annual Rabbit Room conference for lovers of art, songs, and stories—an event that sold out in seven minutes.
Fans of Jason Gray know this seasoned indie artist as an exceptional singer/songwriter. After a successful career as a seasoned indie artist, in 2006, he signed with Centricity Music and in 2007 released his critically-acclaimed debut project, All the Lovely Losers. His second project, Everything Sad is Coming Untrue was listed as the #8 best faith-based album for 2009 on the Top Ten critic’s list for CCM Magazine. In 2011, Gray won the ASCAP’s Performance Award – which is based on radio airplay – for his song, “More Like Falling in Love” which peaked at #4, and his follow up single, “I Am New” which peaked in the Top 10 on the AC charts. In September 2011, Gray released his third studio album, A Way To See In The Dark and the first single, “Remind Me Who I Am,” peaked at #4, had over 3-million views online, won Gray his second ASCAP award and became the #1 downloaded song on the iTunes Christian Chart. The second single, “My Hope Is In You” also reached the Top 5 on the AC charts. Last year saw Gray releasing his first Christmas project, Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy and headlining his first Christmas tour. Following The Storytellers Tour, Gray will head into the studio to begin recording his 5th project for Centricity Music that will be released this coming winter.
Beyond being label-mates, Peterson and Gray are friends. Their camaraderie is evident in both their praise and good-natured ribbing of each other.
"As much as I love Jason's songwriting, and excited as I am about doing these concerts, I'm even more excited about having several weeks of time with one of my dear friends,” explains Peterson. “I don't know anybody who can communicate with an audience like Jason can. It's a rare gift, and I plan to take copious notes and steal as much as possible from him on this tour. Anyone out there who hasn't seen him live is in for a huge blessing, even if he has a weird Michael Jackson head-whip thing he does when he gets into a song."
“Andrew Peterson has always been one of my heroes,” adds Gray. “He is a truth-teller of the highest order and creates some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard. I’m also grateful to call him my good friend. We’ve talked about doing a tour together for years and I’m excited we finally get to do it. Oh yeah, and he throws like a girl.”
The Storytellers Tour Schedule (all dates are subject to change):
03/01/13-East Ellijay, GA
03/16/13-North Royalton , OH