Peter taught himself to play piano, guitar, and drums growing up. Around the age of 11 he began writing and tracking his own songs. Later, as a college student, Peter began performing at local coffee houses and restaurants. The response was so positive that Peter was quickly pressed to track his compositions for release. The resulting recording, “Songs About the Great Divide” caused a sensation in Utah, eventually being described by Salt Lake Magazine as “an underground classic on Utah college campuses”. It became the best-selling, independently released CD ever in the state, almost entirely by word of mouth. Within a year of the album’s release Breinholt & Big Parade played nearly 100 shows and continued building their fan base. It was during these concerts the expanded Big Parade road-tested many of the songs that later appeared on Breinholt’s second studio album, “Heartland”. The underlying theme of that record is travel.Some of Breinholt’s best-known concerts have taken place at the 1,500-seat Eccles Amphitheater on the mountainside of Robert Redford’s Sundance Ski Resort in Provo Canyon, UT. Breinholt’s live album, Live September, was recorded there over three sold-out nights days after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The album has become one of Breinholt’s most enduring recordings.
Peter’s songs have been heard in CNN stories, movie trailers, and feature-length films. In 2008, Breinholt wrote and performed six songs for the movie Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007). He also contributed two songs to the DVD release of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary Resolved. A song Breinholt wrote as a teenager is the current theme song for the nationally syndicated television show, BrideAccess.com. Breinholt has also produced albums for other artists, including “the YMAD album” which was released in August 2015.
Cost: This is a free workshop
Ages: for ages 12 to 18