“Pierce Pettis doesn’t write mere songs, he writes literature…End to end the songwriting is brilliant…Pierce Pettis albums are events in my listening. His writing just gets better all the time and his singing is marvelous, wry and warm…” -Sing Out!
“…One of the more vital and critically acclaimed folk stars of recent years.”
-Performing Songwriter Magazine
“…all Pettis has to offer is his earnest best, a tender heart, packaged in one three-and-a-half minute song after another.”
-Jason Killingsworth, Paste Magazine
After a lifetime of crafting finely-wrought, heart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that he’s finally found his comfort zone. “The biggest change,” he says of this point in his career “has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune (whatever that is) but simply doing good work.”
Pettis hit the road and became a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s. He released one independent solo album, Moments (1984) before signing with High Street Records, a division of Windham Hill. There, he released three albums: While the Serpent Lies Sleeping (1989), Tinseltown (1991), and Chase the Buffalo (1993). His relationship with Tinseltown producer Mark Heard transcended the album. After Heard’s untimely death in 1992, Pettis committed to including a song of Heard’s on every one of his own albums, a practice that continues to this day.
Pettis was a staff songwriter for PolyGram from 1993-2000 and when his High Street contract ended, Pettis signed to Compass Records where he has released Making Light of It (1996), Everything Matters (1998), State of Grace (2001), and Great Big World (2004). Pierce Pettis’ songs have been recorded by artists including Susan Ashton, Dar Williams, Garth Brooks and Art Garfunkel.
Pettis currently lives in Alabama with his youngest son. His most recent album, “That Kind of Love” on Compass Records was released January 27 2009. In 2014, “New Agrarians –Songs & Stories of the Southland” was released, a co-effort by Pierce Pettis, Kate Campbell & Tom Kimmel. Pierce is currently working on a new album for Compass Records Group which will be released in 2018.
“…one of the most talented
young singer-songwriters in America.”
– Michael Granberry, The Dallas Morning News –
NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Songwriting Contest Winner and “Best Song” Winner
Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest Winner
Wildflower! Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner and “People’s Choice” Winner
In her short career, Alabama songwriter Grace Pettis has amassed bragging rights to spare. She is the winner of many of the nation’s most prestigious songwriting contests, including Kerrville New Folk Contest and NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, where she also took “best song” honors. Last summer, she received a grant from the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, enabling her to attend the Chris Difford Songwriting Retreat and to co-write new songs with award-winning, chart-topping songwriters.
Grace’s self-released, fan-funded studio albums have garnered praise from critics, fans, and industry alike. Maverick Magazine enthusiastically endorsed her latest release, saying, “If you only buy one album this year, Two Birds is it!” Sirius XM Program Director, Mary Sue Twohy described Grace’s distinct, unaffected voice as a “wide open prairie, full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunderclouds.”
Grace’s songs have been recorded by other esteemed artists, including former State Musician of Texas Sara Hickman and three-time Grammy-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster. Ruthie Foster covered two of Grace’s songs on her spring 2017 release, “Joy Comes Back.”
Pettis is currently planning the release of her third studio album, “A Little Noise,” produced by Dan Barrett. She plays regularly with her band in Austin (Calloway Ritch on lead guitar, Kurt Rivett on bass, and Ryan Neubauer on drums) when she’s not on the road.
Grace has also recently teamed up with award-winning performing songwriters BettySoo and Rebecca Loebe to form Nobody’s Girl . Nobody’s Girl embarks on a debut 20-city national tour in April of this year. The fledgling group has already been signed by Lucky Hound Music. An EP featuring original songs, produced by Michael Ramos, is expected this spring or fall. (www.nobodysgirlmusic.com)