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Singer Andrew Peterson to perform at King University, Bristol Train Station April 6

Andrew PetersonBRISTOL, Tenn., March 31, 2015 – On April 6, the Buechner Institute at King University will welcome singer/songwriter, author, and founding member of the Square Peg Alliance (a group of Christian songwriters), Andrew Peterson as part of the Institute’s 2014-15 lecture series.

Peterson will begin the day by performing and speaking at King University’s Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m. He will give a full concert at the Bristol Train Station at 7 p.m. that same evening. Both events are sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier and King’s Student Life Activities Committee at King (SLACK). All events are free and open to the public.

In a biography of Andrew Peterson, Billy Cerveny said, “Andrew defines what it means to live as a Christian who is an artist. He leads with his heart, follows with his vulnerability and demonstrates a mastery of singing, songwriting and storytelling.”

Cerveny continues, “Lyrically, Andrew is a painter. I feel like I can see the texture and color of his words. I have, more than once, sat in a chair with my eyes clothed, headphones on and listened to Andrew's ‘Cannan Bound.’ I can see ‘the trees tall and honey filled’ and count ‘the stars across the heavens flung.’”

“We eagerly anticipate Andrew Peterson’s performances for the Buechner Institute,” notes Shannon Harris, program coordinator of the Buechner Institute. “Andrew has a beautiful voice, and his lyrics are often profound and haunting.” Peterson’s experience visiting the Oxford home of CS Lewis inspired him to start “The Rabbit Room” as an experiment in creative community. Today, The Rabbit Room is an online bookstore, music store, blog, and provides other services.

Andrew Peterson is a fan of Frederick Buechner, and on his shelf of first edition Buechner books sits former founder and director of the Buechner Institute Dale Brown’s book “The Book of Buechner.”

Peterson’s first full-length album, “Carried Along,” was released in 2000, with his second album, “Clear to Venus” released shortly thereafter in 2001. In 2010, Peterson released “Counting Stars,” following with “Light for the Lost Boy” in 2012.

In addition to his career as a singer/songwriter, Peterson is also an author. He penned “The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats” with illustrator Cory Godbey. He also authored the award-winning young adult fantasy/adventure series, “The Wingfeather Saga.” Other novels include “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness,” “North! Or Be Eaten,” and “The Monster in the Hollows.” His newest novel is “The Warden and the Wolf King.”

Visit www.buechnerinstitute.org or contact Dr. Shannon Harris at svharris@king.edu or 423-652-4836 or 423-747-3524 for additional information.

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