Moriah Peters grew up singing in church and at school in Chino, California. As a young teenager she began to pursue her music calling, which included an audition for “American Idol.”That audition connected Moriah to several Christian music community insiders, eventually leading to her deal with Provident Music Group.
Moriah was introduced to national audiences earlier this year as the singing voice of Vanna Banana in VeggieTales®: Princess and the Pop Star DVD and on its companion CD, VeggieTales: Songs for a Princess.
Moriah Peters releases national debut April 17
New Reunion Records signing, nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter Moriah Peters will release her national debut project, I Choose Jesus, on April 17. The album is attracting early attention at radio, with 23 stations adding lead AC single “I Choose Jesus” its first week, and winning over live audiences, as Moriah performs new music on multiple high profile tours this winter and spring.
A college freshman at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Moriah is honing her time management skills, juggling a full class schedule while promoting her new record nationwide. Produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dave Barnes, Kari Jobe), I Choose Jesus features 10 songs, nine of them co-written by Moriah, that draw inspiration from a variety of sources, including her own relationship with Christ as well as experiences she walked through with other young girls while leading her high school Bible study.
“The overall theme of the record is about making a choice,” says Moriah. “All of these songs are songs about being in different circumstances and choosing Jesus in each circumstance. I know that God has a blueprint for every single one of our lives. He has a plan and a purpose, and He wants to make His Son known through us. If we trust Him in every situation, if we choose Him in every situation, God will give us the desires of our heart.”
Such is the meaning behind breakout single “I Choose Jesus,” available at iTunes and other digital providers on Feb. 7, released last week to Christian AC radio. Moriah embarked on an extensive radio tour, visiting stations across the country over six weeks, introducing the song to station programmers. Her message, song and vibrant personality were well received, with in incredible 23 stations adding the single out-of-the-box.
Jeff Cruz, program director at WMHK-FM in Columbia, S.C., comments, “This song is a mega hit. I never, never, never, never, say this on my first listen of anything, but DANG! What a great song!”
Moriah explains the song’s meaning: “It’s the song that represents who I’m called to be, not only as an artist, but as a daughter of Christ. I’m called to be bold. I’m called to be strong, and I’m called to be outspoken about who God is and what He’s done in my life.”
Moriah has taken that calling on the road, currently appearing on 26 “Rock & Worship Roadshow” arena dates, where she is giving away the single free to concert goers. The tour, which additionally features MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North, Disciple, and others, kicked off late January and runs through mid-March.