Alice Peacock Is Back To Making Music
When you’re in the music business -- or any aspect of the entertainment arena for that matter -- stepping out of the spotlight puts you in a precarious position. The public’s memory is short, and any absence, no matter how brief, all but guarantees you’ll be quickly forgotten. That old adage comes to mind -- out of sight, out of mind.
For an artist like Alice Peacock, the decision was especially risky. Her career included five albums, a hit single (“Bliss,” recorded with John Mayer), and songs featured in any number of high profile television shows and motion pictures -- “Because of Winn Dixie,” “Men In Trees,” “The Ghost Whisperer,” “ What I Like About You,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Smallville,” among them. She toured with John Mellencamp, Aimee Mann, Toad The Wet Sprocket and Heart, and made frequent appearances on radio and TV, including a well regarded guest spot on “A Prairie Home Companion.” A socially conscious artist, she served as a trustee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the same group that oversees the Grammys) and past President of the academy’s Midwest Chapter. A founder of Rock For Reading, an Illinois non-profit organization, she helped raise awareness and resources for reading and literacy programs in the schools.
Still, fans could forgive her for stepping back. After all, her reason for a respite was simple. She decided it was time to devote herself to her young family, and with three young children including twins, she literally had her hands full.
“Your brain tends to get sucked out of your body when you have kids,” she jokes before turning serious. “For me, it was a matter of priorities. I had to cut back on my music to focus on my children. I didn’t want to miss out of the chance to see them grow up and experience life for the first time. Honestly, sometimes it was like the wild, wild west, but I felt it was important to be off the road and there for them and I’m glad I was.”
Yet, just as she was willing to turn one page and put her career on hold, she’s now ready to open another chapter and resume her creative journey. She has several songs already written and slated for a new album, and in the meantime, she’s excited to hit the road. “I’m enjoying reconnecting with my fans,” she says and I’m open to exploring all opportunities. I literally feel like the sky’s the limit.”
While Alice has always seen herself mainly as a folk artist, she’s also eager to seek out new areas as well. She wants to pursue the possibilities of developing her piano prowess, given a newfound interest in New Orleans style jazz and blues.
“The shackles are off,” Alice declares. “I want to learn new skills and put different tools in my toolbox.”
First. however, she’s ready to pick up from where she left off before. In a real sense, that shouldn’t be difficult. She has plenty of songwriters to collaborate with before a planned return to the studio. Having penned some 20 songs so far, she also has several prospective individuals she’s eyeing as a producer.
“I have such a rich home life, so maybe I’ll write a bunch of sappy songs,” she chuckles. “I’m ready to do my thing; whatever that is. Some of the new songs may be jazzier than before, but that doesn’t mean I’m not writing intuitively. There have been lots of exciting changes in the music scene since I’ve been gone, especially in the Americana genre where boundaries don’t really exist, and I want to be a part of them going forward.”
Alice admits that she will need to find her way, but she’s not worried. “I’m into performing more than ever,” she insists. “It’s great to be able to share my music, have people show up and allow me to connect with them. I’ve always enjoyed that part of the process. It’s so much fun! Then again, it’s just good to get out of the house.”
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"Alice Peacock has the goods. An eventual breakthrough is inevitable. Her songwriting will only get better, and her voice is as good as it gets."
- Atlanta Music Guide
"The record's got pop, it's got twang, it's got pedal steel reveries, it's got deeply soulful meditations, with a little bit of boot-scooting Tennessee, a little bit of kissing-in-the-sunshine SoCal, and a whole lotta sassysexycool Peacock."
- Blurt Magazine
"Superior singer/songwriter opts for a California country-rock sound on her new "Love Remains" album, with pedal-steel-scored songs worthy of comparison to the best of Sheryl Crow and Linda Ronstadt."
- Philadelphia Daily News
"Love Remains is a buoyant collection of country-tinged, feel-good pop anthems."
"Exuberant and passionate in her writing and singing"
- Nashville City Paper
"The radio-country accompaniment on tunes like the strummy title track - wailing, winding steel, mandolin, taut rhythms - gets elevated by singer-songwriter Peacock's warm and approachable voice."
- The Tennessean
"She has a big voice, when necessary, but also a sweet and very articulate one; and she has championship-caliber stuff as a songwriter."
- Daily Gazette.com
"On Love Remains, Peacock shows off her airtight songwriting chops, and proves she can dance back and forth around a hook."
- Boston Weekly Dig
"A spot on must for fans of solid songwriting, Peacock's latest is certainly her newest high water mark."
- Midwest Record
"A great album from this artist, who is really a pop-rock artist with a bit of country thrown in."
- Pop Underground
"By hewing a little closer to country's roots than a lot of her contemporaries, Peacock puts together a record that will appeal to fans of both the old and new school."
- Nebraska City Press
"An instant classic"
- Mark Fisher, 1340mag.com
". . . earns Peacock a place among predecessors such as Carole King and Carly Simon."
- Gregg Shapiro, Illinois Entertainer
"Alice Peacock slips easily into the classic singer-songwriter mode alongside such luminaries as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Rickie Lee Jones. Peacock is nearly a perfect pop master. . ."
- Rick Mason, Citypages.com
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FEAURING NATIONAL SINGER/SONGWRITER ALICE PEACOCK
Tickets go on sale May 15th
April 28, 2015 (Brooklyn). Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids is proud to announce their première benefit concert for the animals taking place in Cedar Rapids at the Kirkwood Ballantyne Auditorium on Friday, September 11th at 7:30. Performing will be national singer / songwriter Alice Peacock.
Nashville based recording artist Alice Peacock has released five albums as a major label and independent artist. Her eponymously titled album Alice Peacock featured the hit “Bliss”, a duet with John Mayer. In addition to touring extensively as a solo artist and with other artists including John Mellencamp, Aimee Mann, Toad The Wet Sprocket and Heart among others, Peacock has made many TV and radio stops including a special guest spot on the popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Besides her musical pursuits, Alice is a socially conscious artist. She is a trustee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMYS) as well as a past President of NARAS’ Midwest Chapter. She is also the founder of Rock For Reading, an Illinois non-profit organization, which raises awareness and resources for reading and literacy programs through high profile music concerts. Many of Peacock’s songs have appeared in feature films and TV shows including Because of Winn Dixie, Men In Trees, The Ghost Whisperer, Pepper Dennis, What I Like About You, Dawson’s Creek and Smallville; feature films Because of Winn Dixie and Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and TV commercials such as Hershey’s product launch of Bliss chocolate.
Critter Crusaders is a Cedar Rapid based 501c3 non-profit that pays for advance medical treatment for homeless animals. They strive to help the sick, neglected and abused of our Cedar Rapids. This concert will benefit those animals with all proceeds going to the Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids.
Kirkwood Ballantyne Auditorium – Cedar Rapids
Friday September 11th at 7:30.
Tickets go on sale May 15th
Go to www.crittercrusaderscr.org to buy tickets
For more info call Jana Crane at 319-213-2130 and leave a message.
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