Canton, OH native, Ethan Peterson, is a singer and songwriter with high-energy melodies at the forefront of his music. Inspired by modern artists such as Panic! at The Disco and Harry Styles, Ethan Peterson has developed a unique blend of modern pop and rock to fit his powerful vocal tone. Strong vocals mixed with his giant pop hooks make Peterson’s music dramatic and grand. However, Ethan also dials in intimate, ballad-focused acoustic pieces. His biggest influence, Ed Sheeran, has shaped much of how he develops softer songs, which have become a staple in his writing. These tracks often contain deep, emotional lyricism and take inspiration from artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capadli, and Bruno Mars. From intensity to intimacy, Peterson captures what it means to be a versatile artist in the pop landscape.
Peterson’s debut album ’NEON’ released on June 4, 2021. This LP introduced listeners to a fully realized vision from Ethan as an artist and writer. This album speaks about a love experience Peterson had, with each track capturing a different emotion and part of the relationship. The lyrics talk about how the bond was youthful and full of bliss but ultimately uprooted by the loss of feelings. Peterson decided to revisit this time in his life briefly to write the title track of the album. This inspired him to further dive into his feelings of love, anger, jealousy, and confusion and create an entire project for them.
Peterson also has two singles that he at the start of his career. Peterson had been developing his sound when he introduced listeners to his first single “Only Hurts When I’m With You” in October of 2019. Atmospheric tension building up to a dramatic pop chorus sold this debut track to fans and landed Peterson his first plays on local airwaves. Soon after, Peterson released his second single, “Lay it on You,” in December of 2019. This began a pop/rock direction inspired by artists such as Shawn Mendes and Brendon Urie. “Lay it on You” quickly became popular as it landed on many Spotify playlists and radio stations across OH. After its local success, statewide radio stations and hosts began interviewing Peterson and requesting live performances.
All of Peterson’s music has been recorded at Innovation Studios in Steubenville, OH and produced by studio engineer, Mike Ofca. Although, not a short drive from Canton, Peterson gladly made the long trips because of Ofca’s high-quality production skills. Peterson and Ofca began working together in May of 2019 and have since developed a strong chemistry in the recording studio. Peterson also filmed a video at this studio that will accompany his debut album.