Mike Roe, 77s:  “I became a huge fan when I got to work with him up close and see what he was really up to. There was certainly a lot of imagination and skill. I especially liked what he ‘left out’ as much as what he ‘put in.’ He was always willing to take a risk rather than just play it safe and do the obvious. I really learned a lot from Charlie.”

Jen Waters, features writer, The Washington Times:  “My oldest memory of Charlie Peacock is reading articles about him in CCM Magazine in my teen years. I probably still have some of the interviews buried in my closet somewhere. I also remember my youth group dancing to “In the Light,” even before dc talk covered it. I have always been impressed with Charlie’s clear thinking and the ways he has challenged the Christian music community to be stronger, more daring artists. And I love the fact that he lives in a renovated church!”

Darwin Hobbs:  “Charlie is the reason I am a label artist. While a session singer in
Nashville, Tenn., he encouraged me to pursue my God-given destiny to record solo records.”

Margaret Becker:  “Long before he was in this industry, I appreciated his music, and he’s been a leader wherever he is placed. I appreciate, above all things, his sensitivity to that role.”

Jamie Drummond, executive director of DATA:  “On behalf of the DATA staff, we want to applaud Charlie Peacock not only for his fantastic career in the music industry but also for his commitment to social justice. Charlie talks about the “wind of the Spirit” moving across America to capture the hearts and minds of evangelicals to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa. We appreciate Charlie for being at the forefront of this movement to galvanize awareness and promote advocacy for those suffering from AIDS. His work has been instrumental for us, the church and Africa. Thank you, Charlie, for your music and your life. God bless you.”

Brent Bourgeois, solo artist/co-founder of Bourgeois Tagg:  “Charlie and I go back to the days when neither of us had much conception of what it was like to be living a healthy or spiritual life. Nonetheless, even in those days, we were both making challenging, creative music. When Charlie got sober and then saved, he sent shockwaves through our community that have consequences to this day, not the least of which was in me. I give Charlie the credit for being the light which led me to Christ, which in my mind is a far more important thing than any or all of the innumerable musical contributions that he is properly credited for.”

Jimmy Abegg, guitarist/painter/art czar, Rocketown Records:  “I spent seven or eight years in many different musical configurations, playing guitar and learning from Charlie – someone whose take on the things of faith and creativity inspire me to this day. I’m grateful God introduced Charlie and me.”

Scott Denté, Out of the Grey:  “One day in 1989 a friend handed me a pre-release cassette of "The Secret of Time," and the course of my life was changed. Over the last 14 years Charlie and I have written, recorded, traveled and shared many meals together. I learned more in a couple of years making records with Charlie than in five years of music college. But more than that, through his friendship and deep, deep heart he has shown me Jesus.”

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