“Part of a songwriter’s job is to be a scout… to go ahead and come back with a report of the good or the danger that lies ahead.”
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About fifteen years ago I met musician and record producer Charlie Peacock at a conference and have followed his career ever since. He’s had an interesting and diverse creative career producing, writing and recording everything from pop & jazz, to gospel & Christian.
Perhaps his biggest pop success was as one of the writers of the Amy Grant song Every Heartbeat, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Charts back in the 90s. Arc of The Circle that he produced was #2 on the CMJ Jazz Charts a few years ago. As a producer, he is a Grammy-winner and is listed by Billboard’s Encyclopedia of Record Producers as one of the 500 most important record producers in music history.
Most recently Peacock, who is based in Nashville, has worked on a couple films. Last year he was executive producer of the feature-length documentary Any Day Now. He was also a music supervisor on the film To Save a Life that is being released in a few days.He also produced The Civil Wars’ (Joy Williams/John Paul White) song Poison & Wine that was featured last year on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
If you spend five minutes with him you’ll know he has an artist’s soul. He’s concerned about the good, the true, and the beautiful. Somewhere in the last year or so I reconnected with him on Facebook, and last night I followed a thread he had posted about his new blog (recordproducer.typepad.com) and that led me to a use a Christmas gift card to buy all the songs on an iTunes iMix of songs produced by Charlie Peacock.
It features the song Poison & Wine as well nine other songs that are simply beautiful songs that somehow transform you to that otherworldly place that music can sometimes take you.
Good writing and producing can do that.