Born in Kingston Jamaica on October4, 1936, Big Pete Pearson landed in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950's by way of Austin, Texas. Big Pete was only 9 years old when he gave his first performance at an Austin, Texas bar and has not left the stage since. He is veteran performer/ song writer of 66 years and has been on countless festival and club stages throughout the world.
In the 1950's Pete came to Phoenix and has ruled the Phoenix blues scene ever since and became known as "Arizona's King of the Blues". His physical stature and overwhelmingly strong voice commands attention and is a father figure to many blues men and women who have cut their teeth playing in his band. Though he is a local legend, being inducted in the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 1995, Big Pete's greatness is known throughout the world and these days spends more time performing in Europe with famed Italian blues band, The Gamblers than in the United States. (You are invited to go to youtube.com and type in, "Big Pete Pearson and the Gamblers"). There you will see some of his many performances in France). While in the States he performs with his other band, The Big Pete Blues Band.
Over the years Big Pete has worked with such legends as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Tina and Ike Turner, Big Joe Turner, Etta James, Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor, Gate Mouth Brown, Johnny Ace, T.D. Bell, Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Screamin' J. Hawkins, Pinetop Perkins, Joey DeFrancesco, Buddy Guy, Janiva Magness, Erbbie Bowser, Blues Boy Hubbard, Candye Kane, his cousin W.C. Clark and an endless array of others.
Big Pete has created and written many albums which have hit #1 worldwide and won Best Blues Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards. Since the "Screamer's release in 2009 it has hit #1 worldwide on the blues charts.
In April of 2012, Big Pete released his newest album entitled, Choose, his first album recorded with the Gamblers...........Enjoy!!!