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.
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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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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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.
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!”
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.
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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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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.
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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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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Multi award-winning Southern Gospel artist Ivan Parker—one of the genre’s leading male vocalists for more than three decades—has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Difference Media, it was recently announced. Parker’s highly anticipated debut for the label, to be produced by industry veteran Garry Jones, is slated for a July release.
“I am delighted and honored to welcome one of America’s most celebrated soloists, Ivan Parker, to the Difference Media family,” said Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church. “Ivan will be joining us on the road in Branson, Missouri, April 28 and 29 and can also be seen hosting his show, ‘Timeless Gospel,’ on GETV.org.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the Difference Media family,” Parker said. “I have watched Difference grow in the last few years into one of the leading new labels in our industry, and it will be a privilege to call Canton Junction, The Hagees, and Aaron & Amanda Crabb my labelmates. I can hardly wait to begin working on the new project with my old friend, Garry Jones.”
Ivan Parker has been one of Southern Gospel’s most acclaimed vocalists for more than three decades. He has garnered 21 Singing News Fan Awards, highlighted by 11 Favorite Male Singer honors. Parker’s numerous #1 Southern Gospel radio singles include “Hit The Ground Running,” “I Choose,” and his signature song, “Midnight Cry.” He was lead singer for the Dove Award-winning quartet Gold City from 1983-1993, before embarking on a solo career in 1994. As a solo artist, he has released 17 recordings and three DVDs, along with being featured in 32 best-selling Gaither Homecoming videos.
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Bill Bailey’s New Years Sing in Bessemer, Alabama was quite a success! The Guardians, Ivan Parker, Triumphant Quartet, The Booth Brothers, and The Isaacs sang to a packed house! Sadie Matthews was our photographer on the scene.
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Photographs by Erin Stevens, Photos For Keeps
The Gatlinburg Gathering was held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg on the weekend of August 19-22. Erin Stevens was there to photograph the event and she shared these pictures with us! Some of the artists that Erin captured on stage included: The Hoppers, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Triumphant, Tribute, Talleys, Brian Free and Assurance, The Collingsworth Family, Jason Crabb,
Erwins, Ivan Parker, Karen Peck and New River, Mark Trammell Quartet, and the Primitive Quartet.
Be sure to make your plans to attend the Gatlinburg Gathering next year.
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The National Quartet Convention once again hosted their Spring Break in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 16 through 18, 2015. Hundreds of eager fans filled Highview Baptist to
hear artist favorites including Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Triumphant, Ivan Parker, Whisnants, Booth Brothers, Isaacs, Mark Trammell Quartet, Legacy Five, Tribute, Hoppers, and the Sneed Family.
In this photomontage, SGN Scoops photographer Craig Harris, gives us an exciting look at the concerts that made this a truly wonderful break from the cold, snowy winter experienced by so many across the country. Thanks to NQC for whetting our appetites for a summer full of musical events and the swiftly approaching National Quartet Convention 2015!
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Ivan Parker is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of May 11. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Alliance Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Exodus and Sacred Call. An article from AbsolutelyGospel.com is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by The Troy Burns Family, exclusive concert video of The Sharps Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the The Southern Gospel Weekend, in Oxford, AL, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Lesters, at Christ’s Community UMC,, in Joplin, MO.
The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.
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