"Pierce Pettis" is an American singer/songwriter from Alabama.
A former staff writer for PolyGram Publishing in Nashville, Pettis' musical career was started in 1979 when Joan Baez covered one of his songs, "Song at the End of the Movie", on her album ''Honest Lullaby''. Following that release, Pettis became heavily involved in the "Fast Folk movement" in New York in the 1980s alongside artists such as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega.
In 1984, Pettis released his first independent solo album, ''Moments'', followed by a string of releases for High Street Records; ''While the Serpent Lies Sleeping'', ''Tinseltown'' and ''Chase the Buffalo''. None of these releases have made Pettis a household name, but his music has become extremely popular with other artists. His songs have been covered by artists like Dar Williams ("Family" on ''Mortal City''), Garth Brooks ("You Move Me" on ''Sevens''), Dion & the Belmonts, Sara Groves, Randy Stonehill and others.
In the early 1990s, Pettis developed a working relationship with songwriter and producer, Mark Heard. Pettis was actually performing with Heard at the Cornerstone Festival in July of 1992, when Heard had a heart attack...