Petri was born and raised in Finland, which gave him a different perspective on life. "When you step outside in the morning, the sky is still pitch black, except for some incredible northern lights, and it's -25 degrees, you know the day will be different from waking up in Southern California." After dabbling with various things there, he felt a call to move to Los Angeles, where he met his Savior, Jesus Christ, at The Church On The Way, and ended up playing guitar in pastor Jack Hayford's services while becoming a newly minted worship leader for the church's Young Adults group. "It was a great time of learning about God and worship, I remember as we fondly called the set list a "suggestion sheet," as we would follow God's leading, ending up switching songs on the spot. It was a great way to learn to trust leaders and serve with all you got."
A few years later, when he was preparing for the day, came life-changing words he heard God speak quietly into his heart, "This world has all the music it will ever need, my people need music." It was a turning point. After trying to get in the secular music business, Petri abandoned it all for God's call. "The songs started coming, and I've had a hard time keeping up! Whenever I ask for more, God pours out a bunch, and I use whatever is at hand to start recording. He's so faithful!" Since then, Petri has written several worship songs that have been cherished at Crescenta Valley Church, where he has now led worship for several years. This brings us to the new single, "Your Word."
"Your Word" has a unique perspective for a worship song, it focuses on God's Word as both written and lived out in Jesus, giving the Church a voice to thank God for His Truth in worship. "The song literally poured out of me in about a half an hour. Our church was preparing a campaign called WordQuest (our version of 40 Days in the Word from Saddleback,) and God wanted us to have a song for it. I played it to my pastors, who then wanted to use it for the whole campaign. We did it seven weeks in a row, and people loved singing it! I am really pumped to get it released, and I'm hoping that many churches will be blessed by it."
"My desire is to continue as a worship leader and artist and get to record my first full-length CD soon. I've been writing and praying, and will hopefully get to record a bunch of songs I have ready in the near future. I can't wait to see how these songs will bless God's people. That is my calling, that is my life."
Petri resides in Glendale, CA with his wife Karoliina and loves being a dad to their two kids, son Miro and daughter Tea. Their sheltie, Dora, makes sure that the herd stays together...