Born in the Mississippi Delta, Peary Forrest began learning lessons in life and music at an early age. After a troubled marriage, his parents divorced when he was only three years old. Living primarily with his mother, while spending weekends and summers with his father, he began to immerse himself into a variety of musical legends. When spending time at his father's, he would play his dad's LPs of Hank Sr., Porter Wagner, and Johnny Cash over and over, singing along with every line. While with his mother, he would continuously tinker with her 8-track tape player, coaxing it to keep playing her Motown legends such as Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, along with other artists such as Glen Campbell and Bobby Goldsboro. Of course, you can't grow up playing guitar in the Mississippi Delta without being heavily influenced by the blues. It's hard to say if his earliest influence was Gospel or the Beatles. His Mother recalls, "When the kids were small, I remember driving along with them singing in the backseat... 'Jesus loves me this I know... He loves me Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!'". As a teenager, his love of music continued as he purchased the records of artists from Stevie Wonder to Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was during this time that Peary's life would take a dramatic turn. While working at a local drug store, he received a call from his mother that his father had been in an accident. His father, a longtime railroad worker, while working on a cold, rainy spring morning in Cary, MS, slipped and fell from the train and was critically injured. He died three days later in a Vicksburg hospital. As only the loss of a parent can, this forever changed Peary's view on life and his future. A few weeks later an acquaintance encouraged Peary to find something to do with his hands to calm his nerves. He found that something next door where two neighborhood teens were banging out chords on an electric guitar. Almost immediately, he attracted the attention of local guitar legend Bo Ridgeway, who began working with Peary and a few months later, they were performing as a duo while Peary began honing his song writing skills. A year later he received a full scholarship in music, and he and his close friends formed their first band "Eupora". Along with receiving regional recognition, they were winners in a national song writing contest and had a song, penned by Peary, released on an album with other winners. As with many bands, they fell apart mainly because of their youth, but all remain close friends to this day. Once Eupora ended, Peary began working as a side musician with various acts, including Nashville recording artists such as Angela White and Steve Azar. He's performed as an artist at places such as Resorts International, Gilley's and the Bluebird Café. After taking a few years off the road to start a family, Peary Forrest is back and moving full force into a long awaited solo career. With his real world lyrical style, soulful vocals, and expressive guitar work, he is quickly gaining nationwide attention. People hearing the songs from his debut CD "PEARY FORREST" are singing his praises, so hop on board because this train is leaving the station.
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