A Son Lost ~ A Battle Won

Peter Alden (Grigsby) lost his 10 year old adopted son, Gabriel, to a rare brain disease in 2013. Since that time, Peter has worked actively to get the laws in Florida changed. Due (in part) to his efforts at our state capital, Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is now officially part of the newborn screening panel. Recently a mother directly contacted Peter with a personal note. She wanted to thank him because her son was one of the first in Florida to benefit from early detection. Peter has one surviving adopted son, who tested negative for ALD. Nathan Grigsby is a healthy and thriving adult, who is in fact, realizing his lifelong dream of a career in the military.  

Gabriel Grigsby, Gabriel’s playground and the legacy of play.
Gabriel’s playground is on the campus of the Church of St. Luke and St. Peter in St. Cloud Florida. It provides joy for children of all ages who come here. The playground is dedicated to Gabriel Grigsby (son of Peter Alden Grigsby) who passed away in July 2013 and was a gift provided by many people in the community, the church and particularly Peter and his ex-wife Dawn Grigsby. Gabriel’s playground continually inspires us to play and enjoy life to its fullest every day.  One great blessing and inspiration of this playground is that in gratitude for it’s enjoyment of the children of St. Luke & St. Peter’s preschool and the students of Arts Thereafter Christian School for the arts raised money for their sister school, Good Shepherd Academy in Juba South Sudan to build a playground so that 350 students there could have the same gift of play Gabriels legacy has provided them.

History of Fundraising Efforts
In August 2019, Peter Alden was called to perform a gospel show and fundraiser for the playground at the church. The evening gospel show and dinner completely sold out and we added an additional matinee performance. Generosity was overwhelming. Thanks to the efforts of and donations of hundreds of people, proper excavating of the land took place so that the playground will no longer have flooding issues. New borders and new mulch for ground cover were also placed. A few new pieces of playground equipment were purchased and placed. Special thanks to Kevin at Total Image Signs & Graphics in Deltona Florida (407-688-4321) for donating a beautiful sign for the playground that will be put in place as soon as possible. This sign invites children of all ages to play and has a photo of Gabriel.  Thank you to Kathie for connecting us with Kevin!

How You Can Help
First, enjoy the music of Peter Alden and attend our shows. Next, give generously to support Gabriel’s playground through donations. Be sure to note in the memo that your check is designated for Gabriel’s Playground!!

Gabriel’s playground was built in 2014 and has seen a great amount of use. This means the playground itself wears down and will constantly be in need of loving refreshment and upkeep.

This benefit will also allow us to raise several thousand dollars for the next step. An awning is needed to protect the playground from the elements – and will cost several thousand dollars. 

Checks can be made out to 

Church of St. Luke and St. Peter

You can hand them to Pete or Krista at shows OR you can mail the check directly to the church:

Church of St. Luke and St. Peter

2745 Canoe Creek Rd, St Cloud, FL 34772

Again.. this is important!! Be sure to note in the memo that your check is designated for Gabriel’s Playground!! 

If we are made aware of the check or cash donation – and have your mailing address – you will get a thank you note from Peter Alden in the mail. 

Tell a friend! This information can also be shared with your friends if you believe in our cause and making sure we continue to have a place of play and fun for all children on this campus and in the St. Cloud community.

Gabriels’ Battle
In 2011 when Gabriel was 9 years old Peter Alden and his wife at the time – began to notice a change in Gabriel. Before that time he was a normal, healthy and joyful kid! Check out this video of Gabe’s dance moves HERE!

They knew something was wrong when Gabe’s coordination and ability to concentrate seemed to be diminished. His eyes seemed to drift away at times and really Gabriel just did not seem himself.

Several visits to the doctor and finally a visit to a specialist – revealed what no parent wants to find out.

Gabriel had a rare genetic disease and this disease would take his life.
Over the course of a year and a half this is exactly what ALD did. At the age 10  – Gabe lost his 17 month battle with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) on July 10, 2013.

But what ALD never did was take away Gabriel’s spirit. Although the last few months of his life Gabriel was in a wheelchair and physically disabled he never lost his spirit of joy, his spirit of love and his spirit of play. Through his battle with ALD Gabriel inspired our spirit as well and through the establishment of Gabriel’s playground – children for many years to come can receive the legacy of joy, love and play through the establishment and continued care of Gabriel’s playground.

WATCH “A LITTLE SUNSHINE” VIDEO HERE

Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, is a deadly genetic disease that affects 1 in 18000 people. It most severely affects boys and men. This brain disorder destroys myelin, the protective sheath that surrounds the brain’s neurons – the nerve cells that allow us to think and to control our muscles. It knows no racial, ethnic or geographic barriers. The most devastating for of ALD appears in childhood, generally between the ages of four and ten years old. Normal, healthy boys suddenly begging to regress. At first, they simply show behavioural problems, such as withdrawal or difficulty concentrating. Gradually, as the disease ravages their brain, their symptoms grow worse, including blindness and deafness, seizures, loss of muscle control and progressive dementia. This relentless downward spiral leads to either earth or permanent disability, usually within 2 to 5 years from diagnosis. Early detection is key because the disease has no cure if not identified early enough. That is the case of the Grigsbys, who took Gabriel’s
difficulty and inattention in school, early signs of the disease, as just a part of growing up.

During the later part of Gabriel’s life and for many years after Gabriel lost his battle to ALD – Peter Alden continued work not only for his own son Gabriel, but for newborns in the state of Florida. He was on a mission. Despite many setbacks, May of 2018 brought an amazing milestone and victory in newborn testing. In part because of Peter Alden’s continued work and campaigning, the state of Florida announced that all boys born in our state will be screened for ALD. With God’s grace no boy born in Florida will ever have to face what Gabriel did with such strength and bravery. Read more about the announcement at HERE

We got a note from Carrie Cragun-Atchison who told us her son was the first boy in Florida to be identified – just 3 days after newborn screening began. Peter wrote her back to say that Gabriel was a wonderful son and we know he is smiling from heaven because he was able to help her family. Peter ended his note with “God Bless you all, and I wish for you many years of joy with your son!”

If your last name is Alden – you are most likely no relation!

If your last name is Alden – you are most likely no relation!

Peter Alden

We get asked about this a lot!

Peter Alden (born Peter Alden Grigsby) 17 July 19??

is a singer, entertainer, father and friend. His middle name is ALDEN.

Although he has met her and spoken with her in the past, he is not related to the final girlfriend of Elvis Presley, who is named Ginger Alden. Because Pete does a lot of shows that include the music of Elvis, this has been a topic of discussion for years. Pete uses his middle name as (as his last name) for stage and screen because it is easier to pronounce and remember. We hope this clears up some confusion.

Krista Joy (born Krista Joy Rohrer) 26 December 19?? – that’s me. More on what I do can be found at HERE but I am most proud of raising my 2 sons, Bradley and Scott, who are incredible human beings and all grown up now.

I have been  using my middle name as my last name for more years than I want to admit. It is just easier to say and remember. I don’t know how many people in the world use middle names as last names. Maybe a lot. But it is a total  coincidence that Pete and I have this in common.

Join The Peter Alden Insiders Today!

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Personalized Christmas and Birthday Cards in the mail

Videos from PRIVATE shows that will only be posted in our group

Personal phone call from Pete on your birthday

And… are you ready for this? A Facebook 30 minute LIVE video each month just for our group – where Peter will take your requests and sing songs for you!

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT NEW PERKS WILL BE ADDED!

Membership dues are $20 annually – renewable each July!

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Sonic Ambiance: Acoustically Speaking

Sonic Ambiance: Acoustically Speaking

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Our ALL ACOUSTIC album! TWELVE songs!!
Peter Alden – Lead Vocals
Steve Brannon – Guitar & Harmony Vocals

SONG LIST:
Hello Mary Lou
Good Luck Charm
All My Loving
Dream
Western Union
Gently
Horse With No Name
Garden Party
All That I Am
Pretty Woman
Lover Doll
Sounds of Silence

YOU are invited to “Peter Alden’s Christmas Party!”

The wait is over!! Peter Alden’s first Christmas album in SEVEN years – is here. We invite you to join “Peter Alden’s Christmas Party” and order this album as a gift for yourself and maybe a few more copies to give to your friends who (you may have thought!) already have everything. Designed to delight everyone on Santa’s (nice or naughty!) list- it is a wonderful mix of – FIFTEEN songs in all – requested by Pete’s fans!

Digital tracks will be sent to you via email if you contact us!

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Enjoy upbeat favorites to get you rockin’ around your Christmas tree (“Jingle Bell Rock”), memorable classics (Charlie Brown and the Peanut’s “Christmas Time is Here”) Elvis Presley covers (“Blue Christmas”) and reverent glorious hymns (“Oh Holy Night”) that will get your heart prepared in the reason for the season!  Ask us about discount pricing when you buy multiple copies!

Kingdom Classics ~ Disney Songs with a Rock ‘n Roll Twist

Growing up in the state of Florida makes it difficult to not notice the impact that Welt Disney World made and continues to make in so many ways. I first visited the Magic Kingdom in 1973 when my grandparents took our family down to the magical new “theme park”. We stayed at the Polynesian Resort (right on Disney property…WOW! Pretty cool for a 9 year old boy!

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I visited the park many times over the years and finally landed a job there in 1989.  I worked at what had been my favorite attraction growing up…The Jungle Cruise! Along the way I also worked at Davy Crockett’s Canoes, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Haunted Mansion!  Disney MGM Studios was set to open up May 1, 1989 and I auditioned to be part of the opening crew. While there, I worked on the backlot tour as a guide on both the tram tour and the special effects area. I even had a brief stint as “The Rocketeer” when props from the film were being displayed there. I also had cameo role in an episode of The Mickey Mouse Club on television.

Download online on iTunes: HERE

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Original Release date: July 17, 2015

Tracks:

1. Pinnochio’s Boogie
2. Bare Necessities
3. Kiss The Girl
4. Let’s Get Together
5. Cruella De Ville
6. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King
7. Rock Around The Mouse
8. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
9. Hakuna Matata
10. When You Wish Upon A Star

I left the theme parks as my musical career began to expand. I have found a niche in the world of 50’s & 60’s style of music as well as working as Elvis Presley in the show “Legends in Concert”.

Lately, I have found myself wondering what some of the Disney classic songs I loved as a child, as well as some of the newer songs, might sound like in a more retro rock & roll sound. The Kingdom Classics album is the result of that journey. I hope you enjoy these classic songs and some fo the more obscure ones as well. I believe we have kept the original integrity of the songs while transporting you back to the Golden Age of Rock & Roll. ENJOY!!

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The Night Peter Alden would sing with Ronnie McDowell ~ Written by Krista Joy

The Night Peter Alden would sing with Ronnie McDowell ~ Written by Krista Joy

I think it’s safe to say that 2015 was probably one of the hardest years of Pete’s life, so far. Probably right behind 2013, which was the year he lost his son Gabriel to a rare brain disease. 2015 was a challenging time for both of us. So, when I heard that one of Pete’s all time musical heroes, Ronnie McDowell, was coming to Florida for a concert… I immediately bought tickets without a second thought. I had not seen Pete this excited about anything in a long time.

Best known for his visual and vocal resemblance to Elvis Presley, Ronnie McDowell enjoyed a series of Top Ten hits on the country charts during the first half of the ’80s. He hit big in 1977 with “The King Is Gone,” a tribute to Elvis Presley written immediately after the singer’s death; released on the Scorpion label, the song climbed into the Top 20 of both the pop and country charts.He scored a number one hit in 1981 with “Older Women,” which kicked off a string of 11 consecutive Top Ten hits on Epic; of those, “Wandering Eyes,” “Watchin’ Girls Go By,” “You Made a Wanted Man of Me,” and “In a New York Minute” all made the Top Five, and 1983’s “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation” went to number one. He served as the singing voice of Elvis for a few more TV productions, and also sang some national commercial jingles. Ronnie McDowell released more than twenty studio albums, and has been signed to Curb Records since 1986.

It seemed to take forever, but finally, it was November 11th 2015, the night of the concert. We took the long drive, and when we got close, the roads turned to brick and we were bouncing down very dark streets and turning sharp corners until finally – we found a parking place. As we walked inside, I remember thinking that this was a pretty tiny theater for such a big star.

I am sure the show was phenomenal, but to be honest, I watched Pete’s face for most of the night. His smile was worth the wait. I enjoyed an unforgettable intimate concert and a fantastic night of music – with mostly my ears only. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Pete.

Pete almost never films anything! But it was a big enough deal, that he actually took his phone out for some video and even posted it on facebook later!

When the show was over, we started to walk towards the car.

Then, all of a sudden it hit me…

“WHY are we walking away from Pete’s hero??? He’s RIGHT inside that building! He’s got to come out SOME time!”

It took a lot of convincing…but I begged and pleaded with Pete to walk back into the lobby with me. I thought if we just hung around long enough…maybe Pete would get to meet Ronnie and I could get a photo of them together. It would be such a bright spot in this otherwise challenging year. Finally, Pete agreed to go back in. I remember thinking the lighting in the lobby was a weird blue. I was concerned it would ruin the look of my picture, even if Ronnie DID come out in our direction!

It was not easy to appear “busy” – and not like stalkers – as we stalled and waited around..hoping so much that we could catch Ronnie on his way out. We chatted with other guests and performers from the evening. Slowly the theater emptied out and we were definitely one of the last ones remaining. I thought maybe all was lost. Then, all of a sudden….it seemed like angels started singing inside my head. There was Ronnie…coming through the double doors into the weirdly blue-lit lobby. I nervously went over to him and asked if I could make the introductions. Ronnie was very sweet and obliged me.

Once my nervous and awkward introduction was out of the way…of course Pete was his charming self..and he and Ronnie began chatting like they were old friends. After a bit, Ronnie asked Pete what he does for a living, which next lead him to ask Pete if he would sing an Elvis song for him.

Pete said, “Sure – but first – can we sing one of yours?”

I don’t think Ronnie was expecting that. He seemed pleasantly surprised! Of course I grabbed my phone and was like..

“WAAIIT I HAVE TO FILM THIS!!”

Wow, I am so glad I did! The result – was this video below!

The song, “Tryin’ To Find That Girl,” is from Ronnie’s Album: I’m Still Missing You, which was released in 1991.

Fast forward to May 3, 2019 – when it all came full circle for me. We had a public show in Daytona, and I heard Pete mention Ronnie from the stage. Before I realized what was going on – Pete started singing this song. The very same one that he sang with Ronnie all those years ago. I am not sure if Pete was unable to find a track to this song before – or if he just wasn’t happy with the ones he found.

But I knew he had this specially made. Once again, I grabbed my phone as quickly as I could, to take this video for facebook live. Sometime while Pete was talking, a big panel came up on my phone – asking me if I wanted to tag my friends! It took me a good few minutes to get that panel out of the way – so that I could actually SEE what I was filming! My apologies for the shaky video. But at least you can HEAR how great it sounded.

Awesome job, Peter Alden. Way to go!

You hear him mention Ronnie McDowell at the end of the song, and that he “got a chance to sing this with him – a long time ago.” Pete was in such a fog that whole year, he probably does not even remember how or why it all happened.

But I will always know!

It amazes me sometimes, how hard I have to fight to make the miracles! But just about every time, Pete eventually gives in to my crazy ideas.

The best par is…he is almost always happy that he did.

OH .. and the blue- lit lobby picture from 2015? It came out pretty good too.

About the Author: In addition to being Peter Alden’s booking manager, head of social media and fan club liaison, Krista Joy is also an MC, narrator, global on-line radio talk show host, and singer. She is an entrepreneur and a connector of business relationships who specializes in building multi-media platforms. Follow her social media accounts found HERE.

Peter Alden Featured on an Episode of The Mickey Mouse Club

Many remember the Disney Channel’s wildly popular The All-New Mickey Mouse Club which aired in the late ‘80s well into the ‘90s. It was similar to a “‘Saturday Night Live’ for kids” featuring interviews, skits, variety show-styled razzle dazzle, and of course, lots of singing.

Long before his album of Disney hits with a Rock ‘n Roll Twist Kingdom Classics was produced, Peter Alden did some singing on one MMC episode in particular – and we’ve got the video for you!  Other actors in this episode also went on to have pretty bright futures.  Watch for JC Chasez from NSYNC, Keri Russell from the TV Series “Felicity” recording artist Jennifer McGill and more.

Check out this episode of the show where you’ll find Pete singing beautifully as an “Elvis Impersonator.” Just fast forward to 4:43-6:00 to save time.

More about the show:

The Mickey Mouse Club’s Emerald Cove was a 1993-1995 American soap-opera based television series on the Disney Channel in a genre called ‘dramedy’, a mix of drama and comedy and a serial from the fifth, sixth and seventh seasons of The Mickey Mouse Club (MMC). It was produced by Blue Wave Productions, Inc. in association with Les Choux Company.

Emerald Cove was an updated version of the classic 60’s beach movies. It  centered around a group of surfers, musicians, and party lovers. Many of the episodes involved the band called “High Density” trying to get a job playing at Emerald Cove, a fictional local club that was filmed and located in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Other continuing themes are the problems that the teenagers encounter while trying to sort out their love lives over the summer, and deciding about college.

 

Peter Alden Featured in Theme Parkology Christmas Promo

Check out Peter Alden as he is featured in this fun Theme Parkology Christmas Promo, right along side many notable Disney luminaries, Imagineers and more!  This segment was filmed at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona next to a showcase holding an original Elvis Christmas album and the Speedway Jacket.

Our thanks to ThemeParkology.com for the invitation. Stay tuned for more collaborations including Peter Alden Entertainment and Theme Parkology!

Peter Alden Endorsed by Legendary Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin

Followers and fans of Legendary Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin witnessed a gleaming endorsement of Peter Alden today on Facebook Live!  Terri attended Peter Alden’s performance at the Blue Suede Shoes of California Fan Club meeting and Peter’s sold out gospel show on December 15, 2018 in Palm Springs California. We were so honored to have her in the audience. Check out some of these great quotes from Terri’s broadcast:

Terri Hardin with Victoria Paige Meyerink (Elvis co-star in Speedway) and Peter Alden

“I thought when Krista invited me to do this, earlier, that Peter Alden was an Elvis Impersonator. I envisioned a guy in a sequin suit dancing around and wiggling his butt…and I thought no, not interested! BUT THAT’S NOT PETER! Peter creates The Elvis Experience. He is dressed very tastefully. He looks like Elvis, he said he always has, since he was young man, and he has this beautiful voice…so he thought … why not? Why not bring this voice to people? The gospel night was beyond compare and one the the best nights I have ever had!”

“I had a very entertaining and fantastic weekend.”

“Peter was singing Gospel. My mother had every Elvis album, or as they call them today, every vinyl. My favorite album had picture of Elvis is in his uniform from when he was drafted into the service. I wasn’t a big Elvis fan but gospel was my favorite. Elvis and gospel seemed to be the perfect marriage for me.”

“Peter is absolutely amazing and I will be posting video clips on my Facebook page.”


Check out this video link to see what Terri had to say within the first 10 minutes of her broadcast.

Click HERE to see the video!

She did a shout out for the show on her facebook live for Peter’s Gospel CD entitled “This Train is Bound for Glory” and called it “a GREAT CD that makes a perfect Christmas gift. I listened to it over and over on my two hour drive home from Palm Springs.” Here is info on how you can order your own copy.

Songs Include:

This Train Is Bound For Glory
Elvis Gospel!
How Great Thou Art
I Believe
If the Bible Is Right
If the Lord Wasn’t Walkin’ By My Side
Joshua Fit The Battle
Lead Me, Guide Me
Run On
Take My Hand Precious Lord
Talk About The Good Times
(Lord) I Feel Like Going Home
This Train (Is Bound For Glory)
Walk Dem Golden Stairs
Wonderful Time Up There
All That I Have

Peter Alden’s  Rockabilly album “Crown Electric Company.”

Songs include:

Hot Rod Gang
Pretty Little Lights In Town
Standing On A Rock
She Thinks I Still Care
Tear It Up
Trouble Bound
I Don’t Do Gentle
Barn Burner
All Tore Up
Why Don’tCha
Black Slacks
Leopard Skin Print

Also available, Kingdom Classics!

Link to the promo video https://youtu.be/5_ioAp8I8l8
Download online at CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/peteralden
Download online on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kingdom-classics/id1083516479
In store or online at TD Collectibles http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/381541414072
Physical copies can also be ordered by emailing us at PeterAldenFanClub@gmail.com
Save on shipping – physical copies can also be ordered through http://wdwdiscountclub.com/

More quotes from Terri’s broadcast:

“When I experience someone that is magical and amazing, I want you to know about them!”

“Peter is an amazing gentleman and he has a voice that sounds like Elvis Presley. What he does is the Presley Experience, if you will. His voice is amazing and he sounds (no seriously!) a lot like Elvis.”

We also want to thank Terry for noting  TCBRadioNetwork.com as well as our friends Jeff and Niki at TheWisdomofWalt.com and Jerry Cornell of ThemeParkology.com AND the mention of ElvisHoneymoon.com

About Terri Hardin:

International Speaker and Artist Terri Hardin specializes and teaches you how to elevate your success by becoming more Creative in your business workplace. She has spoken for CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Colleges or anyone wishing to take themselves to the next level. She brings energy, enthusiasm,humor and information you can put into play right away. The perfect addition for your event as a Keynote Speaker or a delightful addition to your event.
Terri Hardin has been creative all her life. Her credentials are endless. She is a Walt Disney Imagineer having designed attractions for Paris, Tokyo and Florida. She’s a puppeteer with the Jim Henson Company. She has appeared in over 45 films and Television including Ghostbusters, Men in Black, Captain EO, Dinosaurs for ABC and much more. The best way to learn about Terri Hardin is to google her name. Once you do you will see everything from a Wikipedia page to awards, sculptures, talks,articles, podcasts and more. Having worked with over 100 celebrities her stories delight the heart and inspire the mind.

Terri Hardin pictured here with Michael Jackson

Terri also is an amazing sculptor and can create anything you can imagine.from a custom designed room (Think about your room designed along the lines of a Walt Disney Attractions) to collectible one of a kind sculptures having created for Guellermo Del Toro and Nicholas Cage. She’s sculpted life-sized portraits of the famous like Bill Gates and Keith Jackson. She can also bring your prototypes to life. No job is too big or too small and with Terri Hardin the difference is in the detail.