Monday, July 9, 2007

Country Songwriter Isn’t A ‘Man Basher’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One recently divorced country singer has been unlucky in love in the past few years, but that hasn’t turned her into a “man basher.”

Nashville songwriter Gretchen Peters – who has penned popular tunes for country queens Martina McBride and Faith Hill – is releasing her new album, Burnt Toast & Offerings, in August and hopes the songs inspired by her divorce don’t come across as “man-bashing anthems.”

Peters explains, “I joke around that it’s my divorce album because I wrote it during a really difficult and emotional time in my life, but it’s not a CD with a bunch of bitter lyrics where I bash my ex-husband and the entire male population.”

Instead, Peters chose to focus on the liberating affect that her divorce had on her life, since her former husband of 23 years was also her business manager, producer, and agent during their relationship.

Says Peters: “There was so much co-dependence in our marriage that I never thought I could do anything on my own, but now I can!”

And while Peters believes her story will hit close to home for many women, so far, she’s getting good reception from men too.

She says, “My guy friends really appreciate that I don’t bash men in my songs. Everyone needs to remember that there are always two sides to a divorce.”

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