Jul 27, 2011

America singer Dan Peek dies aged 60

Folk rock musician Dan Peek, who sang lead vocals with the band America, has died at his home in Missouri aged 60.

Peek was a member of the Grammy winning group for seven years and co-wrote numerous hits including chart topper A Horse With No Name.

America's Dewey Bunnell said that Peek's music will "live on in the great songs he shared with us all."

"We created lasting music together and experienced a life we could never have imagined," he added.

After leaving the group, Peek went onto launch a solo career and became a pioneer in contemporary Christian music.

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his 1979 solo album All Things Are Possible.

In a statment, Neil Portnow from the Recording Academy said: "Our deepest sympathies extend to his family, friends, and fans as we remember a dynamic individual and great talent."