From the moment seven year old Peggy Mann hit the stage, stood on her head and sang 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' to compete in her first talent show, she knew the stage was where she belonged. Peggy has been performing in Colorado for over twenty years in various combinations from a solo act to a five-piece band. She began her song-writing career in 1978 with the song 'Fantasies' which appears on her debut CD 'Tenderness'. Her singing credits include over 250 commercials including a commercial for the Denver-based American Furniture Warehouse that ran for 13 years! She also recorded the campaign song for Gary Hart's successful Senatorial bid. Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Peggy started performing at age seven and continued to perform in many school and local musical theater productions, playing the leads in shows such as 'Bye Bye Birdie', 'The Sound of Music', and 'Annie Get Your Gun.' She also literally sang for her supper as she played the supper club circuit in the Chicago area. As a young woman, Peggy began to feel drawn to the West but didn't want to leave the opportunities of Chicago. The pivotal move moment came when she competed in her hometown pageant that led up to the Miss America title. 'I decided that if I won I'd stay in Illinois and continue on, but if I didn't I'd move to Denver.' Fortunately for the local music scene, she was only crowned 1st runner up and 'Miss Congeniality'. Upon the moving to Colorado Peggy began writing songs and performing in earnest. She captured local attention and interest by winning a top 10 spot in the Colorado Composers Classic Competition with her song 'Never Seen a Love Going Wrong.' Since then she has been packing houses playing Denver's mountain resorts, and opening for national acts such as Nanci Griffith at the Utah resort, Snowbird. Peggy entered a New York based Songwriting Contest in May 2000 and won first place. Her song 'undercover' also won first place in the Contemporary/Folk/Country division. With that victory, she was able to re-record the winning song with some of the best musicians in New York, including Steve Gadd on drums. (Steve is best known as Eric Clapton's long-time drummer.) In a review of one of her performances the Rocky Mountain News acclaimed '...all you have to do is close your eyes and concentrate on her true pitch, rich resonance and studio-perfect phrasing.' In a review of her CD 'Tenderness', The Westword says of Peggy 'And there's no question that the woman can sing.' ' Writing and rehearsing in the Denver area home that she shares with her husband and two daughters, Peggy has recently released her third CD Connections.
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