Valemount singer-songwriter releases EP

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After a 32-year hiatus, Valemount singer-songwriter Michael Peters has found a reason to sing again and is releasing his debut EP Have I Lived A Good Life?

While the pandemic has sent people into isolation and the enforced slowdown has resulted in the padding of COVID 30 amidst many people, others have gone in a completely different direction.

As things wrapped up, Valemount singer-songwriter Michael Peters’ creativity accelerated and with that came his debut EP Have I Lived a Good Life.

Peters collaborated with William Kuklis, Prince George singer-songwriter, Lego movie dubber, actor and owner of the Vinyl Deck recording studio, to make the four-song album a reality.

Songs from the EP include I’ll Still Be Here, Like You’re Still Five, You Can Never Go Home Again and Have I Lived A Good Life.

Each song holds a lot of meaning for Peters, who decided the city lights weren’t for him, prompting his big move to Valemount from Vancouver nine years ago.

“I was tired of the city and knew I could never afford a house of any size, so I was looking for a smaller place to buy a house and reduce my stress levels,” Peters laughed. .

“My job is in film and TV and believe it or not they have a little TV station in Valemount and they were advertising somebody.”

So he runs the station now, he added.

“It takes me three minutes to get to work and I have my own house and it’s a much nicer life,” Peters said.

Growing up in Winnipeg, Peters said he started playing in rock bands at age 13, moved to Vancouver as an adult where he performed professionally as a singer and guitarist for several years before becoming disillusioned with the music industry.

“You would get to a certain level as a band, then people would give up, then you had to start over, then you’d start over and over again…” Peters recalled. “So I quit music for a long, long time and didn’t pick up again until 2012, so 32 years later. So I kind of gave it a 32-year break.

He finally realized he had given up something he had always loved.

“When it was really the job that I really didn’t like, then I gave it up for the wrong reason,” Peters said reflecting on it.

“That’s when I realized that age had given me something to write about and so I started writing and performing songs again.”

When he thought about making recordings of his work, he explored his recording studio options in Prince George and really connected with William Kuklis.

“I wanted a small recording studio with someone who understood what it takes to bring out the best in a singer-songwriter,” Peters explained.

Kuklis’ style resonated with Peters and when he did his research he knew he had found the right fit.

“We had dinner together and I really liked the vibe so we decided it would be great to work together,” Peters said. “He is so knowledgeable and talented as a singer-songwriter, producer and engineer. He made things really easy.

Finding money during a pandemic proved to be a bit difficult, but Peters got even more creative.

“I managed to get a partial grant, I organized a fundraising concert, I even busked,” Peters said. “I would have cleaned the bathrooms to raise funds if I needed to. Fortunately, many people who couldn’t come to the fundraiser still donated to this EP, as did the family, so it was great. And I didn’t have to scrub the toilet!

(Because he really would have if he had to.)

“These are personal songs,” Peters said, “relatable songs about the power and need for relationships, family, longing and self-reflection. The title song asks the eternal question, did I live a good life?

For more information and to find his music, check out these links. Michael Peters’ Facebook page, the website at www.gmichaelpeters.com, the page where people can buy the EP at michaelpeters1.bandcamp.com, and his YouTube channel.

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