The Petersens

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The Petersens
Background information
OriginBranson, Missouri, USA
  • Bluegrass
  • Country
  • Christian & Gospel
  • Roots music
LabelsThe Petersens
  • Katie Petersen
  • Ellen Petersen Haygood
  • Matt Petersen
  • Julianne Petersen
  • Karen Petersen
  • Emmett Franz Jon Petersen

The Petersens are an American bluegrass family band from Branson, Missouri.[1]

Band history

In 2005 the band was formed and had their first performance at their mother's hometown church First Christian Church at Mountain Grove, MO.

The band was originally siblings Katie (on fiddle, vocals), Ellen (on banjo, vocals), their brother Matt (on bass), and their youngest sister Julianne (sings and dance), accompanied by their mother Karen (on mandolin) and father Jon (on guitar). But over time, Julianne took the mandolin part and Karen switched to bass. Matt took the guitar part and their father, Jon, played the piano on some of the gospel songs. These early performances were mostly held initially in local festivals, churches and cafes.[2]

In 2010 the band won the CAM Gospel Sing-Off[3] competition at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson, which performance caught the attention of the IMAX Entertainment Complex and where they were invited to play regularly at the Little Opry Theater for the entertainment of local and state residents.[4] In 2015, the band received international recognition when banjo player, Ellen Petersen, competed in the singing reality TV show, American Idol, placing in the top 48[5][6][7][8][9] In 2017, Emmett Franz[10] joined the band as their dobro player.[2]

In 2018 the band placed 4th in the International Bluegrass Music Competition in Nashville.[11]

Katie, the lead singer and composer, has composed several original songs of her own, the most popular being "California".

The band, although young and upcoming, has garnered praise from top music professionals in the United Kingdom, who see the group as being unique in the field of bluegrass music.[12] So, too, Tripadvisor, has posted a reference to The Petersens as a suggested entertainment venue when visiting Branson, MO.[13]

Musical style

The band performs American Roots music,[14] which is a mixture of several genres: country, gospel a cappella, and bluegrass. Some of the band's biggest influences include Alison Krauss, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, John Denver and Glen Campbell.

Their youth, as also the style of music they play, make them a popular attraction at bluegrass festivals. The band has often improvised on songs composed by other musicians, making them actually more popular, such as Dolly Parton's "Jolene," which has now received nearly 10 million views on YouTube.[15] Their rendition of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” received over 6 million views in three months.[16]


Prior to 2019, The Petersens had performed to audiences throughout the continental United States, in Canada and in Ireland.[17] In late 2019, The Petersens went on additional singing tours to Finland and to Ireland, the trip to Ireland being the group's fourth tour of that country. Social media platforms are often used to document their performances and recordings.



Title Release date Label
The Petersen Family (EP)
Travelin’ Shoes - the Petersen Family Band (EP)[18]
Finally Going Home - The Petersens[19] May 1, 2014
Shenandoah - The Petersens[20] October 22, 2017 CD Baby[21]
Homesick for a Country[22] August 9, 2019 The Petersens[23]
Gentle on My Mind - The Petersens (EP) November 1, 2019 CD Baby
The Petersens - YouTube Sessions, vol. 01[24] August 8, 2020

Several of the group's newer releases, as well as covers of other artists, have been made available on Spotify[25] and iTunes.[26]

The Petersens in the Media



  1. "The Petersens | Branson's #1 Rated Show | Authentic Americana Roots". The Petersens. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Meet The Band | The Petersens | Branson's Bluegrass Show". The Petersens. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  3. Gull, O. C. "Petersen Family Band wins 2nd Annual Branson CAM Gospel Sing-Off | The Branson Blog by Branson Tourism Center". Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  4. The Petersen Family Bluegrass Band (Branson Ticket Store)
  5. "Banjo Newsletter". Banjo Newsletter. Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  6. Groman, Gary. "Ellen Petersen's amazing faith deeply contributes to her American Idol experience | The Branson Blog by Branson Tourism Center". Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  7. "Ellen Petersen on American Idol StateoftheOzarks". Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  8. "Meet Ellen Petersen of American Idol Season 14 | Idol Chatter & Voice Views". Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  9. Rehwald, Jackie. "Branson native, MSU grad sent home on 'American Idol'". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  11. "The Petersens Take Fourth Place At SPBGMA International Band Championship". The Petersens. 2018-02-20. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  12. "The Petersens Family BlueGrass Band from the USA". The Music Man, London. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020. {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  13. "The Petersens" (Tripadvisor)
  14. "The Petersens - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  15. The Petersens – The Enduring Bluegrass Family Band Gone Viral, (August 27, 2020)
  16. "Take Me Home, Country Roads - The Petersens (LIVE) - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  17. The Petersens tour the Emerald Isle, Bluegrass Today, Feb. 12, 2019
  18. Produced by Bruce Hoffman with Hoffman Studio Productions
  19. "Finally Going Home". The Petersens. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  20. "Shenandoah - Bluegrass Album from The Petersens". The Petersens. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  21. Shenandoah - The Petersens, Album label: CD Baby. (Amazon music), in collaboration with John and Bill Chapman
  22. "Homesick for a Country - Gospel Album by The Petersens". The Petersens. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  23. Homesick for a Country - The Petersens, Album label: The Petersens (Amazon music)
  24. "The Petersens release new album featuring YouTube songs". The Petersens. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  25. The Petersens
  26. "‎The Petersens on Apple Music". Apple Music (in español). Retrieved 2020-09-01.

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