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Meet Peter Stewart of Peace Music in North Shore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Stewart.

Peter, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a late bloomer. Where I thought I would go and where I am now being far apart, musician and builder of peace.

When I graduated from college, I thought that being a choral director was my mission in life. So, I worked at Shore Country Day and Pingree and was happy.

Yet, when our little girl was born, I started to write a lot of silly “Potato Chip Popcorn Pretzel Pie” songs. I would sing these songs to her and she smiled. So, I left teaching, recorded my first cassette and sang my songs at children’s museums and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Currently, I was choral director the Solstice Singers, a community chorus. I transported them from a caroling group to a performing group. We sang in concerts locally, in Canada and at St. Patrick’s in NYC.

Peace comes in.
Working for peace became crucial to me, so all my concerts became fundraisers, and I started the Solstice Singer Scholarship fund. By now I am singing across America, yet my silly songs are replaced with more profound songs. Instead of writing Carols for the Solstice Singers, I started writing songs about peace.

More peace.
I retire from the Solstice Singers and start the Voices of Peace. (My past 5 CD’s have all been about peace.)

More peace.
Recently I started making documentaries about peace. (My first documentary was called, “May Peace be with You” and the one I am working on now is called, “The Softening of our Hearts.”)

This past year has been a delight. I still sing fundraisers with my friends, the Voices of Peace and the Sisters of Peace.
I am very grateful as I know I am in a place that I want to be in: Working for peace through music.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been remarkably smooth, yet when I first started out, I knew nothing of business. I learned the hard way- through experience. My second cassette was called “Math Songs.” I cheeped out on the J card. (The cardboard insert for the cassette.) I made it out of yellow construction paper and printed my little design on a Xerox machine. Cut out and inserted the J cards myself. Then I made a banner out of felt and went off to sell my wares at Math Conferences across Massachusetts. With one product!

People would walk up to my booth and say, ‘ You’ve got to me kidding me!”

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Peace Music – what should we know?
Peter Stewart and Friends is about making money for charities and peace through musical performances and movie screenings. People say they want peace, yet we are a divided world. Money speaks louder than peace. For peace to be possible, it needs to be in the forefront of our lives. Peace makers hope that one day, we will stop spending millions on football (the great diversion) and billions on war (the worst alternative for nations) and instead spend our resources on healing our world.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story who has played a meaningful role?
I have been blessed to have the right people in my life to help my music become better and more meaningful.

Thanks to:
My producer, Richard Teigen, who owned a recording studio Newburyport.
My producer, Andy Pinkham, who owns a recording studio in Charlestown.
The Solstice Singers
The Voices of Peace
The staff S.U.N.Y that took a chance on me and gave me my first keynote.


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1 Comment

  1. Tracy Halverson

    March 9, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    You are a great Inspiration. I have loved your spirit since we met at the NAFCC conference in Atlanta. I listen to your music all the time and have learned from your wisdom! Continue he what you do! Tracy Halverson

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