In this episode of Music and Meaning with Charlie Peacock, we dive into the story of his signing the Grammy Award–winning band Switchfoot, a pivotal moment in Christian and mainstream rock music.
Charlie recounts his inspiration from 1996, challenging the conventional “crossover” approach in Christian music. He shares his vision of creating music for all, leading to the discovery of Switchfoot’s demo tape. The episode navigates the challenges of introducing Switchfoot to Christian audiences, focusing on the song “Chem 6A” and its broader implications on faith and art. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Switchfoot’s pop chart–topping influential album The Beautiful Letdown, Charlie reflects on community, trust, risk, and the transformative power of music.
Charlie Peacock is a Grammy Award–winning, Billboard chart–topping music producer, composer, and recording artist. He is a co-founder of the Art House, Wedgwood Circle, and founder/director emeritus of the commercial music program at Lipscomb University. Charlie has produced music for film and television, including A Walk to Remember, Chris Cornell’s “Misery Chain” from the soundtrack of 12 Years a Slave, and “Hush,” the title theme to the AMC drama Turn: Washington’s Spies. Named by Billboard’s The Encyclopedia of Record Producers as one of the 500 most important producers in music history, Charlie is also a three-time recipient of the Gospel Music Award for Producer of the Year. His books include Why Everything That Doesn’t Matter, Matters So Much; New Way to Be Human; At the Crossroads; and a contribution to It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God. Charlie is the senior music editor for Christianity Today and host of the CT podcast Music and Meaning. He has been married to writer Andi Ashworth for nearly 50 years and they have two grown, married children and four grandchildren.
“Music and Meaning” is a production of Christianity Today:
Executive Produced by Erik Petrik and Matt Stevens
Produced and Written by Charlie Peacock and Mike Cosper
Original Music and Editing by David LaChance and Charlie Peacock
Mix Engineer: Mark Owens
Show theme, “Sound of the Room,” composed by Charlie Peacock, featuring bassist John Patitucci