chart topping, country music classics "Drink Swear Steal & Lie" and
"From Here To Eternity" helped make him Billboard magazines top selling
new male artist and top new airplay artist in Country music in 1997-1998.
With over 2500
concert performances and keynotes in 19 countries during a unique career
that spans over 30 years, Michael Peterson has had the good fortune to
• A million selling, Grammy
nominated, Country music star with three consecutive, self penned #1 hits
(Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie * From Here To Eternity *
Too Good To Be True)
• A top songwriter with
the unusual good fortune to have had his songs recorded by Country, Rock,
Pop and Gospel Hall of Famers
• A contributing author
for 6 books, including the New York Times best selling "Chicken Soup For
The Soul" series.
• The recipient of numerous
distinguished public service awards including the prestigious Bob Hope
“Spirit of Hope” medal from the USO following his 11 tours and over 150
performances for Service men and women deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and
award winning High school assembly program TAG, You're It! ™and its follow
up WHAT'S YOUR STORY? ™ have inspired and equipped hundreds of thousands
of young people and are considered among the finest transformational experiences
available for students today.
impact of Michael’s ongoing work with students was reflected in his recent
selection as sole recipient of the American Legion’s National Education
whose previous recipients include former First Ladies Barbara and Laura
Bush, Tom Brokaw, Former US Secretary of Education William Bennett, Fred
Rogers (Mister Rogers) and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) is presented
to groups or individuals that have significantly and positively enhanced
public education in the United States.
the American Legion Auxiliary presented Michael the prestigious National
Public Service Award in recognition of 30 years of consistently contributing
his talents for the good of others.
in 1983, the award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations
for contributions that improve their communities, especially efforts that
benefit the military, veterans and their families. Previous recipients
include Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,
former President Ronald Reagan, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Jeane Kirkpatrick, advice columnist Ann Landers and Miss America 2000,
Heather Renee French.
thread that connects this wide variety of projects and most often guides
Michael's decisions about where to best invest his talents is simple:
drives emotion and emotion...drives action"
His most recent
projects continue to reflect his commitment to this winning philosophy.
serves as National Spokesperson for the American Legion’s “American Legacy”
scholarship (helping to ensure a College Education for children of fallen
Warriors) and for the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF)
a nationwide program through the V.A. encouraging both the Visual and Performing
Arts as a pathway to expression and hopeful healing for wounded Veterans.
of the WE ARE VETERANS™ Project in 2014, along with PBS and WGVU Public
Media, plans are well under way for Michael to host an all star cast of
Gold medal winning Veteran performers and A-list entertainers in the nationally
televised WAVE ON OLD GLORY, WAVE ON concert special.
from WE ARE VETERANS™, his 17th career album, the concert will be followed
by a 60-city tour from 2015 – 2018, raising money and awareness in support
of Veterans and Military families.
As a continuation
of his innovative contributions to public education, Michael, along with
distinguished Military service Veteran, COL Jill Chambers U.S. Army (R)
and world renowned children's author and illustrator Guy Gilchrist, have
most recently created the unforgettably delightful children's book series
Little IsGood ™ captivating kindergarten through second grade students
with relevant inspiring lessons based on the 7 pillars of Character education.
For over 30
years Michael Peterson has been creating music and laughter, inspiring
and entertaining audiences all over the world. His expertise and commitment
to “Moving People” has caused organizations as diverse Special Olympics,
Selective Service, Ronald McDonald House, the USO, St Jude Children’s research
hospital, the American Legion, the New Holland Corporation, the U.S. Army,
the American Soybean Association, the National Bio-Diesel board, the Institute
for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University and dozens
of other organizations to seek him out as a voice for messages that matter.