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 ABOUT  Pete Garfinkel

Pete Garfinkel

Signed songwriter to Hillbilly Gold (ASCAP) multiplatinum awarded music publishing house Hillbilly Culture LLC, Nashville, TN.

Pete Garfinkel is no ordinary singer-songwriter.

Born in Denmark to parents working at a sub atomic particle research facility, Pete came to appreciate the value of a scientific approach to life at an early age.

Moving back to Indiana for Purdue University, Pete met his wife Karen who went on to become an internationally renowned plant pathologist with whom he shares his love for travel, adventure and music.

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Over the years, Pete’s explorative spirit led him to try a variety of careers and eclectic hobbies including: worm farmer,  photography studio owner, professional photographer, volunteer fire fighter, and medical social worker.

It was his love for helping people that tied the common thread of his adventures and led him back to his lifelong appreciation of music.

Always dabbling in songwriting, Pete began to take his writing seriously while living in Kansas after joining the local songwriting chapter, eventually rising to co-coordinator of the Manhattan NSAI group.

But Pete wasn’t satisfied with merely writing for fun, and his passions were enflamed when he discovered an online community called Songpreneurs led by charismatic multi-platinum awarded songwriter and music publisher Amanda Colleen Williams (“Beer Run” and “She’s Tired of Boys” Garth Brooks).

After years of mentorship and practice, Pete conceived of a way to combine his passions of helping others with songwriting into a service project called Songs of Substance™.

Songs of Substance™ is a collection of songs that draws on Pete’s experiences in the field as a medical social worker and takes the listener on a journey of what the world looks like through his eyes, a place of compassion, understanding and loving kindness where healing can happen.

A skilled guitarist, Pete has performed at venues including the world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, and has showcased at regional, national and international Folk Alliance events in support of his debut EP What You Know.

So far, Pete has written a few hundred songs, and has had over 20 recorded and released by independent and rising artists, including "Not For Glory," featured on Military.com in support of veterans' families.

Pete currently  serves as the Gainesville, Florida NSAI Chapter Coordinator, and spends time in Nashville working toward songwriting mastery, and building his commercial song catalog with mentor, publisher partner Hillbilly Gold (ASCAP), part of the Hillbilly Culture music publishing family.

Songs of Substance

 ABOUT  Songs of Substance

  • Songs of Substance™ is a service project of songwriter Pete Garfinkel

  • Songs rooted in his experience as a former home health and hospice care medical social worker and songwriting

  • Songs about healing, expressing tough feelings, and making connections

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