Not such a joy is the challenge of persuading companies that you’re a genuine presenter and looking for the opportunity to air their artists’ music rather than just collect free albums for the sake of it.
Occasionally you find a company who instantly ‘get it’. In the last couple of weeks I had a very positive response from across the Pond. After playing tracks from Andrew Peterson’s 2010 album Resurrection Letters: Volume II I really wanted something a bit more up to date.
I like his storytelling style and his way of sharing his faith through engaging melodies. So a quick visit to the artist’s website and an email to Square Peg Alliance – the collective that Andrew works with – and within a few days I had a really positive response with access to his new album.
After All These Years: A Collection is almost a greatest hits album but there are four new tracks and some of the favourites have been re-recorded. Nonetheless it’s a good introduction to him and worth the investment.
As a bonus, he’s due in the UK next month for a tour of the UK, appearing with another Square Peg Alliance artist, Eric Peters, a performing singer-songwriter since 1993, who has recorded nine albums.
Andrew Peterson isn’t just a singer and songwriter, although he’s been doing that for 20 years. In addition he’s written a series of fantasy novels in The Wingfeather Saga.
Anyway, check out the songs, I think you’ll like them. If you want to see him live, he and Eric Peters are at the following venues. All shows (except 1 March) will be selling tickets at the door but there is no online presale.
Saturday 21 February St James Church, St James Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 3DB, 6:30pm. Tickets £10 at door
Sunday 22 February Illyria Pottery, 104 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6EB, 8pm. Tickets £5.
Tuesday 24 February Monyhull Church, Saint Francis Drive, Birmingham B30 3PX, 7:30 PM. Tickets £10
Wednesday 25 February Illyria Pottery, 104 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6EB, 8 PM. Tickets £5
Friday 27 February St. James’ Church, 4 Market Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2NG, 7:30 PM. Tickets £5
Saturday 28 February Upney Baptist Church, 9-13 Cavendish Gardens, Barking, Essex IG11 9DR, 7:30 PM. Tickets £7
Sunday 1 March Kenton Evangelical Church, Charlton Road, Harrow, Middlesex, UK HA3 9HP. Love offering to be taken
* You can hear my show Lifesongs on www.thehubradio.co.uk each week at 2pm on a Sunday. I’ll be playing two hours of contemporary Christian music with a bit of a twist as I slip in songs you wouldn’t expect.