Winter Park: Mann ‘deepens her walk’ through music
August 22, 2008
Faith. Hope. Love. They are more than just decorative tiles in musician Peggy Mann’s kitchen. The three words apply to a new journey Mann has taken through her music.
Mann just returned from the 34th Annual Gospel Music Awards with second-place honors in the performance vocal category II.
A welcome secular singer, songwriter and guitarist in Grand County for more than a decade, this was a first-time GMA appearance for Mann. Positive messages of hope and love have always been interwoven in her work and, to her surprise, the Music in the Rockies workshop and competition fired up her faith and broadened her musical horizons.
“It just kind of came together,” she said. “The experience was so much more than winning the competition. I learned a lot about myself. It confirmed what I want to do with myself and that God is blessing my work.
“It has deepened my walk,” she said.
Friends started telling her about the competition right before the week-long event in Estes Park. A Christian all her life, Mann hadn’t really thought about attending but felt it was a promising opportunity.
“Everything started pointing to this direction,” she said. “When I asked God to give me direction it was so clear. He’s given me the words, he’s given me the music.”
After week-long classes from some of Nashville’s “big guys” in the business, Mann advanced through the preliminary vocal competition with “My Favorite Time of Day,” and her “Can’t Stop the Downpour” nudged her through the semi-finals. The judges could tell she was a pro ” she has a wonderful voice, songs and melodies, and is clearly at home on stage.
“People connect. You don’t know who you’re going to touch,” she said. “It inspires me to be more upfront about my beliefs.”
Mann still believes her non-gospel music has a purpose and has enough songs on the wing for at least two more albums. With everything she has learned the self-dubbed “writin’ crazy fool” has faith God will continue to lead her down the right path, hope that she’ll be able to tell Him she’s brought friends with her when that fateful time comes, and a continued love for music.
She has written about 15 Christian songs since October, hopes to have an all-Christian album out by late fall and recently made a trade with 3rd Time Lucky’s Mickey Sandora for recording equipment. With that in place “Who knows what the future will bring,” she said. “I’ve always been in the walk, just not able to internalize it. I’ve never felt better in my life ” where I am, who I am. I feel like I have so much to share.”
Mann plays her debut Fraser Valley Performance at Cooper Creek Square’s Music on the Mall series today and friends and guests in the area are encouraged to bring a picnic, bottle of wine, and come out to enjoy. Future performances also include benefits for Rally for the Cure (with Brad Pregeant) and for accident victim Zack Peterson (with Pregeant) Oct. 11; and intimate house concerts with Pregeant during the holiday season.