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Dave PerkinsDave Perkins came to Vanderbilt University after 25 years in the music industry where, as a recording artist, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer, he had professional associations with a number of America’s great musicians and performers such as Carole King and Ray Charles.  Dave earned the Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University where he was a graduate fellow at The Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. Dave has scholarly and personal interests in music, visual art, film, and cross-disciplinary culture studies.  He teaches courses on theological aesthetics, songwriting, creativity, popular religion in the arts, and Christianity's ongoing presence in American pop music.  A portion of Dave's work on the contemporary worship music industry is featured in The Spirit of Praise: Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity (Penn State University Press).  In 2016, Dave contributed to God Only Knows: Peace, Hope, Love, and the Beach Boys (Cascade Books /  Wipf and Stock Publishers).  Dave's 2009 album, Pistol City Holiness, which combines blues and alternative rock themes has been called a blues-rock masterpiece by critics.  Dave composed and recorded the soundtrack for the feature film Deadline.  It was released in 2012 on Lugnut Records.  Dave's latest recording is Fugitive Colors.  It features twelve compositions drawing on several contemporary songwriting styles; it was released in the summer of 2017.  (see