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Lewis­porte singer-song­writer re­leases de­but sin­gle

The Pilot - - Focus - BY DANETTE DOOLEY­ter­welsh­mu­

LEWIS­PORTE, NL — Seven­teen-year-old Peter Welsh of Lewis­porte has re­leased his de­but sin­gle – with the help of St. John’s-based mu­sic pro­ducer Peter New­man, also from Lewis­porte.

A Grade 12 stu­dent at Lewis­porte Col­le­giate, Peter said his song “Shut­ter N’ Shake” com­pares young love to tak­ing in­stant pho­to­graphs.

“I like to con­sider my mu­sic rock-in­spired pop, rather than pop-in­spired rock and roll,” he said dur­ing a re­cent interview.

New­man di­vides his time be­tween St. John’s and Nashville. Peter said thanks to New­man’s Nashville con­nec­tions, sev­eral in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als from Nashville and Los An­ge­les worked on his song, in­clud­ing

bass player Mark Hill and drum­mer Steve Brew­ster, both from Nashville. Paul Lani of Los An­ge­les was the song’s mix en­gi­neer.

New­man de­scribes Peter as a fan­tas­tic song­writer, singer, mu­si­cian and per­former.

“The song show­cases a mix of

pop, rock and dance el­e­ments, from a young artist, ex­hibit­ing very ma­ture song-writ­ing and per­for­mance skills,” New­man said via e-mail.

About Peter

Peter has come a long way with his mu­sic since he started writ­ing songs in Grade 4.

His band Coastal Heartache took sec­ond place in the pop­u­lar K Rock Bat­tle of the Bands ear­lier this year. At that time the band was known as “Ra­dio Radar.”

Peter had about 10 songs he’d writ­ten to choose from for his de­but track. He en­joyed go­ing to St. John’s and work­ing with New­man on “Shut­ter N’ Shake.”

When asked if he’s had a men­tor for his mu­sic, Peter gives a nod to Lewis­porte Col­le­giate’s mu­sic spe­cial­ist, Adam Bax­ter.

“I’ve got to thank (Bax­ter) for en­cour­ag­ing me. And I’ve had a lot of sup­port from my friends and my fam­ily,” Peter said.

Peter’s par­ents are By­ron and Jen­nifer Welsh.

Peter en­joys lis­ten­ing to all types of mu­sic gen­res and cre­ates his lyrics from his own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

“My ideas are taken from my life. Be­ing out around and be­ing young,” he said.

He be­lieves his songs are tunes other young peo­ple can re­late to, he said.

“I’m hop­ing that this song will con­nect to the ma­jor­ity of my age group and hope­fully launch a good start to a mu­sic ca­reer for me,” Peter said.


Peter Welsh has launched his mu­sic ca­reer with the re­lease of his de­but sin­gle, “Shut­ter N’ Shake.”


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