Neville Peter, singer, composer, and pianist, is regarded as a leading talent in gospel music today. A native of the island of St. Thomas, he began to have noticeable vision problems when six months old and by age twelve was blind. From his earliest years, he stood apart as a singer, and as his voice matured, he began to receive numerous invitations to sing at events on the island.
He had started piano lessons at age fourteen and at age sixteen was encouraged to pursue singing when the audience responded with a standing ovation to his singing at a Christmas concert. Although he still retained an interest in singing in church, he began to sing a wide variety of popular music, including jazz, reggae, and rhythm and blues at local nightclubs.
At age nineteen, Peter left the island to continue his education at the University of Miami, where he completed a B.A. in studio music and vocal jazz. While still in college he was chosen as Best National College Male Vocalist of the Year by Downbeat magazine. There was speculation by fellow artists that he would inevitably be in contention for a Grammy award.
In 1998, at age 26, however, Peter had grown weary of and disappointed over what he was experiencing in life and resolved to dedicate his talents in service to God. He channeled his talents into Christian music and has since written over 100 gospel songs and released six CDs. As a performer, he has shared the stage with a veritable who's who in contemporary Christian music singers, appeared on television, and sung in distinguished venues, including Carnegie Hall and the White House.
Sources: nevillepeter.com and other websites (2012)
Messages from the Throne of Grace 2003
Simply Hymn 1 2005
Forever Christmas 2006
A Quiet Praise 2009
Simply Hymn 2 2010
Look Up 2012