Peck ready for fun Fourth concert

Published 4:22 pm Friday, July 3, 2009

Nashville country artist Danielle Peck said she is looking forward to making a bunch of new friends when she performs at Bainbridge’s Earle May Boat Basin tonight.

Peck, who is on a nationwide tour promoting her latest album, “Can’t Behave,” said fans can expect a good time and a high-energy musical performance when she takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Local favorites the Leigh Mullis Band will open the concert at 7 p.m.

What’s being billed as Southwest Georgia’s largest fireworks display will begin at dark, which is scheduled to occur at about 9:15 p.m.

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Born in North Carolina, Peck grew up Coshocton, Ohio, a city of about 12,000 people. Interestingly enough, the first song she ever learned to sing was Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” which has an upbeat tempo but dark lyrics. Peck said her father had taught her the song as a joke, although needless to say, her mother wasn’t pleased. However, the experience led Peck to take up an interest in performing with her musically inclined family at church and elsewhere.

Around age 12, Peck began performing on the road with her parents’ support and at 16, joined her first country band. After graduating from high school, she began performing at regional fairs and festivals and eventually moved to Nashville.

Since then, she has had contracts to write and record music, opened for Toby Keith and performed with other up-and-coming artists she’s friends with, including James Otto, Jack Ingram and Whiskey Falls.

As pretty as she is talented, she’s been a guest performer on CMT’s “Outlaws” and a celebrity commentator on CMT’s “40 Sexiest Music Videos.”

The best way to get a feel for Danielle’s music and personality is to check out her MySpace page at online. But to get a feel for her heart, look no farther than the several charity benefits she’s helped organize and perform at. Peck’s charity of choice is Safe Haven, a family homeless shelter serving middle Tennessee.

“I love my family more than anything else … getting involved with supporting charities is my way of giving back,” Peck said. “It’s all about paying it forward and showing love for other people.”

Peck’s CDs can be purchased online using iTunes or