Dean's Songwriter Series Features Concert with Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room

The first concert in the Dean's Songwriter Series at Duke Divinity School will feature legendary singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis and his daughter, acclaimed musician Grace Pettis. The free concert is open to the community.

The aim of the series sponsored by Divinity School Dean Richard Hays is to invite songwriters whose work expresses Christian faith to perform at the school, engage in conversation about their craft of songwriting, and reflect on the themes articulated in the poetry of their lyrics.

Pierce Pettis, who has released nine albums, and his daughter Grace typify the American folk tradition. Both he and his daughter have won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

The elder Pettis is known for his thoughtful, poetic lyrics, as well as his earnest, warm voice. He was a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s, and has been writing and releasing solo albums ever since. His latest is titled “That Kind of Love” (2009). His daughter has released two albums and has received numerous accolades in her career, including being awarded Best Song honors on NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest for “Nine to Five Girl.” Her second album, “Two Birds,” was released last September (2012).