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Dreams come true: a look at Ivan Parker

Written by Staff on January 17, 2019 – 7:47 pm -

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Dreams Come True: a look at the ministry of Ivan Parker

Ivan Parker has had a long, storied career in the Southern gospel music field having sung with several popular groups. He has also been a staple of the Gaither Homecoming videos. Parker currently travels and ministers as a soloist, and is experiencing great success. From an early age, Parker always knew he wanted to sing. He has been blessed to be able to do what he loves and spread the Word of God through song.

 

Gospel music has been a major part of Parker’s life since the beginning. Parker, while at his father’s church, gave his heart to the Lord at nine years old and from that point, knew he wanted to sing.

 

“I started singing weekends with my brothers when I was 13 years old,” says Parker.. “My dad was a pastor so I grew up in church. Being from a large family of seven kids, we all learned to sing early in life. My first full time position came in 1982 with the Singing Americans. Then I started with Gold City in 1983 and traveled with them for 10 years. I immediately started my solo career in January 1994, and also started with the Gaithers doing a few tour dates in February of that year, which continued for years on video and concert dates.”

 

Parker’s unique and powerful lead voice is easily recognizable. His great sound and style was influenced by several of the great pioneers of the Gospel music field.

 

Parker states, “Through the years of loving Southern gospel music, there are many influences. I have always loved the crooning vocals and personality of Jake Hess, the smooth lead singing of Duane Allen with the Oak Ridge Boys.” He is now a part of that long line of incredible vocalists.

 

Gold City recorded some of its most popular hits during Parker’s tenure, including: “In My Robe Of White,” “I Think I’ll Read It Again,” “John Saw,” and “Midnight Cry.” The latter song became Parker’s signature.

 

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Following his departure from Gold City, Parker embarked on a solo career in 1994. He has been nominated for, and received, several national gospel music awards. Parker’s music has resonated with audiences all over the world and captures beautifully the message of Christ. His latest mainline release “Dancing In The Rain” features his latest radio single which conveys a timely message.

 

Parker explains, “The latest radio single is called ‘Take Me To The Cross,’ written by Rodney Griffin. I had been looking for a song that was a mix of patriotic with a Christian message. Without Rodney and I talking, he emailed me this song and I knew God intended this song for me. It was the perfect blend of the two messages that I was wanting. I absolutely love this song!”

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“25 Days of Sharing”- Josh Parker

Written by scoopsnews on December 12, 2018 – 3:34 am -

 

December is a time for sharing. At Christmas, we (Christians) celebrate The Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ.

Over the next few weeks we will be talking with many industry leaders, artists, pastors, promoters, etc. and asking them questions.  They will “share” the answer to the question in 10 seconds or less. We are asking for their best advice on many different topics.

 

Question #12 goes to Josh Parker, Guitarist and Son of of Ivan Parker.

Josh, tell us how it feels to travel and play for your Dad. What is the greatest thing about it?

 


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“25 Days of Sharing” – Ivan Parker

Written by scoopsnews on December 10, 2018 – 4:18 am -

Ivan Parker

Ivan Parker

December is a time for sharing. At Christmas, we (Christians) celebrate The Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ.

Over the next few weeks we will be talking with many industry leaders, artists, pastors, promoters, etc. and asking them questions.  They will “share” the answer to the question in 10 seconds or less. We are asking for their best advice on many different topics.

 

Question #10 goes to Ivan Parker

Ivan , 

In 10 seconds or less can you tell me your first thought when you heard the song, “Midnight Cry” for the first time?


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IVAN PARKER IS CHRISTMAS DREAMING OCTOBER 5

Written by Staff on September 12, 2018 – 9:53 am -

IVAN PARKER IS CHRISTMAS DREAMING OCTOBER 5

IVAN PARKER IS CHRISTMAS DREAMING OCTOBER 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Difference Media recording artist and one of Southern Gospel’s most lauded soloists, Ivan Parker, is set to release Christmas Dreaming October 5. Produced by Garry Jones (Canton Junction, Brian Free), the collection offers a nostalgic take on six timeless holiday favorites and four beloved carols.  
 
Parker’s signature vocals are showcased atop big band horns, jazz piano riffs and lush orchestrations as he seamlessly delivers a range of Christmas classics, from “There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “What Child Is This,” among others. 

“It’s my hope that this collection presents the spirit of Christmas morning—the peace that brings us closer together at the holidays,” said Parker. “‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ and ‘There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays’ take me right back to my childhood and Christmas with my family. And the newer classic, ‘My Grown Up Christmas List,’ is so fitting for the times we live in now. With much confusion and division in the world, it was important for me to have a song about love, peace and the restoration of joy. Forget the problems and the things that divide us and let’s go back to what the season is all about.” 
 
“Most of all, I want people to understand the real reason for Christmas,” Parker emphasizes. “Carols like ‘What Child Is This’ and ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’ point us back to the manger—these are the songs that present Jesus, the true Hope of Christmas.” 
 

IVAN PARKER DEBUTS DEEPLY PERSONAL ‘MAMA’S ROCKING CHAIR’ AT SOUTHERN GOSPEL RADIO

IVAN PARKER

Serving as lead vocalist for the iconic quartet Gold City from 1983-1993—where he recorded his signature #1 hit, “Midnight Cry”— Ivan Parker’s acclaimed solo career now spans more than 20 years. He has garnered 31 Singing News Fan Awards, highlighted by 12 Favorite Male Vocalist honors, while his #1 Southern Gospel radio singles include “Hit The Ground Running” and “I Choose.” As a solo artist, Parker has released 16 recordings, five DVDs and has been featured in 32 best-selling Gaither Homecoming videos. His critically-acclaimed Difference Media debut, Dancing in the Rain, released in 2016.  
 
Difference Media is a division of John Hagee Ministries, founded by John Hagee. Along with Ivan Parker, the San Antonio-based label features some of the leading names in Gospel music, including Canton Junction, Ricardo Sanchez, Matt Hagee, The Hagees, Tim Duncan, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir and John Hagee.
 
Christmas Dreaming, a Difference Media release, will be distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group. 
 
For further information, visit ivanparker.com,turningpointpr.com or differencemedia.org. Follow Parker on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.

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Ivan Parker In Concert

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 26, 2018 – 8:52 am -

Ivan Parker In Concert

Ivan Parker In Concert

People’s Tabernacle Church, 64 Airways Blvd, Savannah, TN will welcome “IVAN PARKER”, on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 6:00PM.

Ivan Parker is best known from the Bill Gaither Homecoming Tour & Videos, as well as the former lead singer of the Gold City Quartet and voice of the hit song “Midnight Cry”. He is now the most award soloist in Gospel Music. Pastor Josh & Ashley Franks will also appear. For more information, go to www.ptcsavannah.com


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IVAN PARKER RETURNS TO TOP 5 OF BILLBOARD VIDEO CHART

Written by Staff on March 10, 2017 – 8:49 am -

IVAN PARKER RETURNS TO TOP 5 OF BILLBOARD VIDEO CHART

IVAN PARKER RETURNS TO TOP 5 OF BILLBOARD VIDEO CHART

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Best of Ivan Parker: From The Homecoming Series, a Gaither Music Group collection originally released in 2007, has returned to the Top 5 of Billboard’s Music Video Sales chart. The best-selling DVD is #4 on the publication’sMarch 11 chart, joining such iconic artists as The Beatles, Adele and The Rolling Stones in the Top 10. Upon its initial release a decade ago, The Best of Ivan Parker reached the chart’s #2 position.

The Best of Ivan Parker, hosted by GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning Gospel Music pioneer Bill Gaither, features the award-winning artist’s most popular Homecoming video series performances through the years, along with never-before-seen footage, family photos, and interviews. Spotlighted in the collection are such classic hymns as “In The Garden” and “Jesus Loves Me”; Christian music standards including “Rise Again” and “I Can Only Imagine”; and Parker’s signature song, “Midnight Cry.”

Ivan Parker has been one of Southern Gospel’s most lauded vocalists for more than three decades, having received 32 Singing News Fan Awards including 14 Favorite Soloist honors. He was lead singer for the Dove Award-winning quartet Gold City from 1983–1993 during which time he recorded the now-classic “Midnight Cry.” As a solo artist, he has released 16 recordings and five DVDs, along with being featured in 32 best-selling Gaither Homecoming videos. His #1 Southern Gospel radio singles include “Hit The Ground Running” and “I Choose.” Parker’s 16th solo recording, Dancing In The Rain, released last year on the Difference Media label.

Ivan Parker Wins Singing News Fan Award And Continues Success On Radio

Ivan Parker

One of the largest independent Christian music companies in the world and a household name for millions of fans, GAITHER MUSIC GROUP is known worldwide for its award-winning and top-selling CD and DVD recordings, including the Gaither Gospel Series, of which 133 products have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum. These recordings, which encompass more than 177 video copyrights, showcase gospel music pioneers, many of the finest performers in the gospel genre, up-and-coming acts and country artists including The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, Joey+Rory, Alabama, George Jones, Vince Gill and others. The Gaither brand of artists and products topped the Billboard Year-End Chart of Music Video Sales Labels for 2000, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Founder and recording artist Bill Gaither is a 6-time GRAMMY® Award winner and a recipient of over 41 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

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Ivan Parker Wins Singing News Fan Award And Continues Success On Radio

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 4, 2016 – 8:15 am -

Ivan Parker Wins Singing News Fan Award And Continues Success On Radio

Ivan Parker Wins Singing News Fan Award And Continues Success
On Radio

Nashville, TN Difference Media recording artist Ivan Parker was named Favorite Soloist at the 2016 Singing News Fan Awards, held this week during NQC (National Quartet Convention) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Marking his 14th Favorite Soloist honor, Parker has received a total of 32 Singing News Fan Awards during his acclaimed three-decade career.
Parker’s 16th solo recording, Dancing In The Rain, released in July and heralded his debut on the Difference Media label. Produced by Garry Jones, the critically acclaimed album features the current single, “Mama’s Rocking Chair” (feat. Sandy Parker), and “Walk My Way” (feat. Canton Junction).

Ivan Parker has been one of Southern Gospel’s most lauded vocalists for more than three decades. He was lead singer for the Dove Award-winning quartet Gold City from 1983–1993 during which time he recorded his signature song, “Midnight Cry.” As a solo artist, he has released 16 recordings and five DVDs, along with being featured in 32 best-selling Gaither Homecoming videos. His #1 Southern Gospel radio singles include “Hit The Ground Running” and “I Choose.”

Ivan Parker’s current single, “Mama’s Rocking Chair,” debuted as one of the Pick Hits and Top New Releases on the Singing News national chart for November.

Difference Media is a division of John Hagee Ministries, founded by John Hagee. In addition to Parker, the San Antonio-based label features some of the leading names in Gospel music, including Canton Junction, Ricardo Sanchez, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees.

For further information visit differencemedia.org, ivanparker.com, or turningpointpr.com. Follow Ivan Parker on Facebook @ivanparkerofficial and Twitter @ivanparker.

About Butler Music Group

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Tammy Jones Robinette, Three Bridges,Williamson’s, Sacred Harmony, and Coffmans.

BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label or Radio Promotion artists include the Williamsons, Canton Junction, Hagees, Matt Hagee, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Dunaways, and many others.

Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for over 37 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, and many more. Butler’s publishing companie


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Karen Peck and New River Anticipate Gatlinburg Gathering

Written by Staff on August 17, 2016 – 9:37 am -

Karen Peck and New River Anticipate Gatlinburg Gathering

Karen Peck and New River Anticipate Gatlinburg Gathering

Dahlonega, Georgia (August 16, 2016) Karen Peck and New River is gearing up for one of the most exciting events taking place in Tennessee this fall, the Gatlinburg Gathering. This year’s event starts Wednesday, August 17th and continues through the 20th in Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg Gathering has become a perennial favorite for Gospel Music fans as well as those who love to hear renowned speakers share the Word.

Canton Junction

Canton Junction

The location is a family friendly environment that allows attendees to enjoy the shopping of Gatlinburg as well as Pigeon Forge. This area also has many fun family attractions and sights to keep the parents, children, and grand-parents entertained between concerts.

Karen stated, “As always we are looking forward to the Abraham Productions event in Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg Gathering is a very special week of fantastic music and preaching. I love being a part of Abraham Productions because I feel like we are making an impact in this world for the Lord. I hope that every one is making plans to be there this week. I promise you will be blessed!”

IVAN PARKER DEBUTS DEEPLY PERSONAL ‘MAMA’S ROCKING CHAIR’ AT SOUTHERN GOSPEL RADIO

IVAN PARKER

Some of your favorite artists will be performing including Ivan Parker, Canton Junction, Jason Crabb, The Hoppers, Tribute, Isaacs, Booth Brothers, Whisnants, HIGHROAD, Karen Peck and New River and more.

For more information about artists, speakers, times, and tickets go to http://www.abrahamproductions.net/gatlinburg_gathering.php.

Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb

If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com.

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Karen Peck and New River is booked by The Harper Agency. Contact them at http://www.harperagency.com or by E-mail at info@harperagency.com.
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Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

About Karen Peck and New River

No doubt the most popular mixed trio in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River is a music powerhouse in the music industry. With hit after hit and multiple number one songs, they are one of the most sought after groups today. Karen is known country flair and for having possibly the finest soprano voice in any genre of music. Karen was also recipient of the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, an award given by Absolutely Gospel Music only to women who have excelled in their work in a man’s world. Karen had a feature role in the hit movie “Joyful Noise”, starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. New River’s hit song “Four Days Late” has become a classic in Gospel music.

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August 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 8, 2016 – 2:16 pm -

August 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Welcome to the August edition of SGNScoops Magazine. We hope you will take a moment to pour some cold iced tea, sit in the shade and read our publication from cover to cover. Rob Patz writes Publisher’s Point at the beginning and I write the Editor’s Last Word at the end. You don’t want to miss it.

I don’t have to tell you the name of our cover feature as his face and voice are legendary in Gospel music since the 1980’s. Ivan Parker took a moment to talk with Craig Harris and you need to read their discussion. Of course, there are many more great features, including photologs of Tribute Quartet and Karen Peck and New River, interviews with the mighty Kingsmen Quartet, Allegiance, Scott Peek, James Marvell, Joel Lindsey, David Ingles and David Huntsinger.
Once more, our Gospel music ladies are bringing beauty and intelligence this month, so be sure to read about Emma Carter of the Jay Stone Singers and Reagan Griffin, daughter of Rodney Griffin. These are written by Erin Stevens and Fayth Lore respectively, two more ladies who sing but are taking up the pen as well for SGNScoops.
As the U.S. election looms, our monthly columnists give their views on politics and Jesus. Do not miss David Staton, Selena Day, Nathan Kistler and Dusty Wells. Of course we also bring you new CD reviews, event updates and the Top 100 countdown.
Thanks so much for reading SGNScoops and finding out what we think is important and newsworthy in Gospel music. Do you have ideas and comments for us? Please write to me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com . If you notice that our writers talk about a personal relationship with Jesus that you might not have, please also write to me. He is the reason for SGNScoops!
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IVAN PARKER DEBUTS DEEPLY PERSONAL ‘MAMA’S ROCKING CHAIR’ AT SOUTHERN GOSPEL RADIO

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 2, 2016 – 10:24 pm -

IVAN PARKER DEBUTS DEEPLY PERSONAL ‘MAMA’S ROCKING CHAIR’ AT SOUTHERN GOSPEL RADIO

IVAN PARKER DEBUTS DEEPLY PERSONAL ‘MAMA’S ROCKING CHAIR’ AT SOUTHERN GOSPEL RADIO

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—“Mama’s Rocking Chair,” the highly anticipated lead single from award-winning vocalist Ivan Parker’s July 29 Difference Media debut, Dancing in the Rain, was recently serviced to Southern Gospel radio formats around the country.

Penned by Aaron Wilburn (Bill Gaither, B.J. Thomas) and Lee Black (The Oak Ridge Boys, Gordon Mote) and featuring Sandy Parker of The Hagees, “Mama’s Rocking Chair” holds special meaning for the artist. “I was at home in North Carolina and my brother called me into the living room to point out the rocking chair my mom and dad bought when I was born,” Parker recalls. “It was a beautiful thing to revisit my childhood like that and a completely God-ordained moment, as shortly thereafter I came across the song ‘Mama’s Rocking Chair.’”

Parker’s 91-year-old mother is a veteran prayer warrior whose faithful petitions continue to influence her son’s storied career. “Mom has a hallway in her house and walks it up and down on her walker every night before she goes to bed,” he explains. “She walks and she prays. She says she feels like she touches heaven a lot better in that hallway.”

Dancing in the Rain, Parker’s Difference Media debut, was produced by Garry Jones (Brian Free, Canton Junction). Additional highlights of the 10-song set include the title cut; “Walk My Way” (feat. Canton Junction); “Let Me Take You To The Cross”; “That’s What Love Does”; and “There’s Healing.”

Serving as lead vocalist for the iconic quartet Gold City from 1983-1993—where he recorded his signature #1 hit, “Midnight Cry”— Ivan Parker’s acclaimed career spans more than 30 years. He has garnered 31 Singing News Fan Awards, highlighted by 12 Favorite Male Vocalist honors, while his #1 Southern Gospel radio singles include “Hit The Ground Running” and “I Choose.” As a solo artist, Parker has released 16 recordings, five DVDs and has been featured in 32 best-selling Gaither Homecoming videos.

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The San Antonio-based label features some of the leading names in Gospel music including Canton Junction, Ricardo Sanchez, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees.


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