Country singer Michael Peterson had forever in mind when he released the song “From Here to Eternity” in 1997 as the second single off his gold-selling, self-titled album.
The song became Peterson’s first and only No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It also helped him earn the honor of being Billboard’s Male Artist of the Year the same year.
Today, “From Here To Eternity” remains Peterson’s signature tune.
A Promise of Forever
Written by Michael Peterson with Robert Ellis Orrall, “From Here To Eternity” tells the tale of a one-woman-man who is about to propose marriage to the love of his life.
He saved a year for the ring he will give, and he can’t wait to see how it would look on the woman’s hand. He promised to give her everything she needs and swore to remain strong and tender for her. For he’s been dying to ask her the burning question, “Will you be mine?”
“From here to eternity. I’m asking you to share your life with me. Now and forever, I guarantee. I’ll always stay by your side. I promise my love to you. I’m willing and able and ready to. Whatever you need, I am here for you. And I’ll always be from here to eternity,” the song goes.
However, Peterson said that it is actually a “pretty spiritual song.” Well, whatever the song meant, it certainly left its mark on country music.
Deborah Evans Price of Billboard magazine even reviewed “From Here To Eternity” favorably, calling it a “well-written ballad, ripe with sweet emotion.” She went on saying that Peterson’s vocal “perfectly captures the warmth and feeling in the lyric.”
Throughout Peterson’s career since his debut on the country music scene in 1997, he produced five Top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. He managed to release four remarkable studio albums.
Several artists have since then covered Peterson’s songs. Though his last charting song was in 2002, he continues to release albums and perform military benefits. But did you know Peterson used to smash blocks of concrete, ice, and flaming bricks with his head years before his big break?
Petersen even held a record for a time by splitting a four-foot nine-inch stack of concrete with his noggin. But that’s not all. He also used his hands to rip through phone books, tear license plates in half, blow up hot water bottles till they exploded, and snap baseball bats.
No, he did not do all these to impress the ladies. Instead, Peterson – as part of an evangelism group called The Power Team – would use these feats of strength at high school assemblies to draw teenagers to weekend Christian youth rallies.
Indeed, there’s more to this country singer. Tune in and listen to Michael Peterson’s “From Here To Eternity” in the video below.