Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dan Peek

Dan Peek, founding member of the mainstream band America, and solo CCM artist, passed away July 24. He was 60 years old.

Peek Founded America in 1969 with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, and was responsible for the hit songs "Don't Cross The River," "Lonely People," "Woman Tonight" and "Today's The Day." He left America in 1977 after his conversion to Christianity.  He released four albums for the CCM market (All Things Are Possible (1979), Doer Of The Word (1984), Electrovoice (1986) and Crossover (1987.)  His best known CCM songs are "All Things Are Possible," "Doer Of The Word," and a remake of America's "Lonely People."

Peek moved to the Cayman Islands in the 90's, and continued to release music through his website, most recently "All American Boy," in 2007.  In 2004, he published his autobiography  "An American Band; The America Story."

In the early 80's when I was looking for music that expressed matters of faith outside of the traditional music that I had been raised on, Dan's music was some of the first I heard.  I will always have great memories surrounding his music, especially the "Doer Of The Word" album (pictured above.)  RIP Dan.

Dan in 2010

Here's an interview conducted in 2010.

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