The singer said she has friends in the Crossroads area and has wanted to visit Corinth for a couple of years. She is excited to finally have the opportunity.
Peck will headline the final day of the fair. She’ll take the outdoor Crossroads Arena fairgrounds stage at 9 p.m. Saturday night.
BlackTop 45 will open for Peck at 7 p.m. The Northeast Mississippi group will perform a collection of covers and original songs of their fused Christian, Country sound.
Singer, song writer Peck is probably best known for hits like “I Don’t,” “Findin’ a Good Man,” and “Isn’t that Everything.”
Music has always been a part of her life. She was born in Jacksonville, N.C., but was raised in Coshocton, Ohio. She said there was musical ability on both sides of her family. They sang and played instruments and she said it was very common within her family, but she learned when she went to school that it wasn’t common at all. The kids at school grouped into cliques of students who participated in baseball, football or cheerleading. She stood alone in her interests.
“No one had the passion for music like I did ... I felt like a loner and that no one understood me until I started coming to Nashville,” said Peck.
She said she began visiting Nashville at about the age of 15 and she felt like she had found where she “belonged.” She ended up finally moving to Nashville in 2001, but before then she toured up and down the east coast with a band. Her dad did the sound board and her younger brother played bass. She said they had a bus that broke down in just about every state.
“That’s when I found out that I loved it. We did fairs and festivals ... I would do a lot of covers ... I would be like a jukebox,” said Peck, as she described taking music requests.
However, she got to a point where she wanted to do her own songs.
“I started to put a few of my own songs out there and trying them out before the crowds,” she said.
Her music was well enough received that in 2001, she said “a clock inside of her went off” and she knew it was time to take the leap of faith and move to Nashville. She rented a room in a house were she had to share a bathroom. She waited tables to support herself and found that there were “a lot” of other people waiting tables who shared her same dream.
Some went on to become famous, such as Jason Aldean, said Peck.
“It’s amazing to live that dream, but you have to go out there and get it,” she said.
“There are so many people ... I can think back to before [when they were all waiting tables] and talk about their dreams — saying, ‘wouldn’t that be cool someday?’” she recalled.
She was still waiting tables when she got a publishing deal with Barbara Orbison’s Still Working Music which would allow her to support herself full time doing what she loved to do.
She was working her last two weeks waiting tables at a restaurant called Virago when she was discovered. That chance meeting led to her signing with her first record label — Big Machine, which also handled other artists such as Jack Ingram and Taylor Swift.
Speaking with Peck, it is soon obvious that she knows who she is and what she wants to achieve musically with her listeners. She described her sound as “the girl next door talking to you in song.”
“I want you to be able to relate to me,” said Peck. “When you put yourself into your music, you connect better to the people that listen.”
She said that when people recognize truth in a song, and identify with it, that could be a “life-changer.”
These days, Peck continues to tour and get her music out there to her fans. She said Saturday’s performance will be a lot of music her fans would expect as well as some brand new things. There may also be another little singer making an appearance — Peck’s two-year-old daughter, Ava Jolie.
“If she’s awake and hears the music, she will want to come out there. There might be some thunder-stealing,” she said, with a laugh.
Those who attend the Saturday night entertainment at the fair will also have access to the Midway carnival, PCRA rodeo bull riding, Lawn Mower Pull, Cow Patty Bingo, Cheer Off, petting zoo, pony rides, Thomas the Train rides, Teeny Weeny Circus, photo contest entries and canned goods and baked goods entries. Admission is $8 and ages 5 and under are free.
(For more fair information, contact 662-287-7779 or visit alcornfair.com.)