Tru Born (a.k.a. Anthony Michael Peterson) is a multi-faceted guitarist, and a native of St. Louis, Mo. At the age of thirteen, he recieved a scholarship in classical guitar at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. At fourteen, he began teaching guitar and theory, which was the beginning of a wide-ranging career in music. Tru Born is at home in many different genres: Jazz, classical, rock, R&B, and world music. Tru Born also plays soprano and tenor ukulele, dobro, and electric lapsteel. He also plays shakuhachi flute (bamboo flute from Japan), Native American flute, and the Armenian duduk.
Tru Born earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. A year later, Tru became one of the youngest faculty members at Berklee, teaching there for three years.
After Boston, Tru moved to Brooklyn New York, where he toured, performed or did recording projects with Joan Baez, Hassan Haukmon (a project produced by Peter Gabriel for Real World Records), Spike Lee (a recording project featuring voaclist/actress Lonette McKee), Vernon Reid (guiarist and leader of the band "Living Color"), Cassandra Wilson, Oliver Lake, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Michele Rosewoman.
Tru's first solo recording was a jazz trio project, "The Book of Days" (to be available on this website later this year), produced by author/producer Sam Charters for Gazell Records. Three days after this project, Tru went on tour with legendary folk singer Joan Baez.
In 1996, after a tour with singer Cassandra Wilson, Tru moved to San Francisco, CA, and began teaching and performing throughout the Bay Area. One of his foremost teaching posts was with Jazz Camp West, and continues to the present. During this period, he performed with Pharoah Saunders (Tenor saxophonist with John Coltrane), Booker T. Jones (organist and leader of Booker T. and the MGs), and a European tour with singer Lizz Wright.
In 2004, Tru released his first recording as a singer-songwriter, "I'm Not Through Dreaming" (available from this website!). Showing his ability to switch genres, Tru orchestrated the performance of singer-songwriter Goapole for the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Michael Morgan, in 2010.
Tru, sensing a change was needed, moved to Durham, North Carolina, in 2012, earning his Masters Degree In Music Composition and Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University in 2014.
in 2016, Tru moved to St. Louis, and wrote a book entitled "Three Masters, Five Ways", a book on jazz improvisation for all instruments. The book is available for purchase in the website store.
In 2022, Tru received a grant allotment from the Midwest Arts Alliance to write, organize, and perform his one-man play, “The River Runs Through Me”. This performance was successfully completed at the venue the Sheldon Memorial Concert Hall in the summer of 2022. One week later, his accompanying seminar on creative expression in life, another part of his grant allotment, was successfully completed at the Griot Museum. Both venues are in St. Louis.
And in the middle of this production, he auditioned for attained the understudy guitar chair in the play “Death of a Salesman”, starring Wendell Pierce, on Broadway. Though an understudy Tru made his Broadway debut onstage Nov. 1st, 2022. He went on to appear on the stage with the regular cast thirteen times. The play completed it’s 17-week run in January of 2023.
Tru is currently teaching a guitar program at Bronx International High School, sponsored by Strickland Music Productions.