Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters calls the new Hello Cruel World her “most close-to-the-bone work, written at a time when I felt absolutely fearless about telling the truth.” Peters and guest Rodney Crowell sing, “life is still a beautiful disaster,” on “Dark Angel.” But Peters keeps the accent on the “beautiful” throughout the 11 songs on her ninth disc. Ultimately Hello Cruel World details the sheer triumph of survival and of finding strength, joy and growth in everyday life despite the challenges of our increasingly complex times. Since her emergence from the Colorado folk scene, the Nashville-based performer has risen to the top of her craft by writing and recording songs that explore the deep corners of life with empathy and integrity. Martina McBride (who had an award-winning hit with Peters’ “Independence Day”), Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, George Strait and many others have recorded her songs. Hello Cruel World will be released January 31, 2012.