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Woman of Wilson: Traci Peel

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Growing up the daughter of a United States Air Force pilot, Traci Peel was privileged to live all over the country.

"I experienced different cultures and lifestyles," she explained. However, her dream was simple. Peel just wanted to be a singer and live on a golf course.

"My passion all along was golf. I've played my entire life," she said. "I started at the young age of 5 as my parents played the game. They would drop me at the driving range to hit balls while they played a round."

The Oklahoma-born beauty would eventually make her way to Wilson County.

She attended Indiana University, where she was a music major studying Opera. She left school, however, and toured with The New Seekers known for their number one, million-selling single and Coca Cola commercial, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing."

She relocated to Nashville in 1980, secured a recording contract on Liberty/Capitol Records and spent the next 20 years opening for various headliners from George Burns to Blood Sweat & Tears to Ronnie Milsap.

She's lived in Wilson County since 1992 and moved to the Five Oaks Golf & Country Club community in 2012.

When she isn't perfecting her golf swing, Peel has a career in marketing, advertising and special events.

"I always enjoy the element of working with different clients with different needs. Implementing a marketing strategy from the beginning fulfills my creative side," she added. "And of course, when your strategy proves successful, that's the rewarding part."

The woman she most admires is her mother.

"It's a cliché answer, but it is the truth," Peel said of her mom, who passed away nine years ago.

"She possessed just the right combination of style, grace, humor and heart. She was way ahead of her time educating people about a healthy and holistic approach to life. Most importantly, she was a prayer warrior with a real commitment to praying for others needs each day."

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