Group Ministers In Honduras For First Time
The local residents gathered for hours in advance to hear the song they have loved hearing on the radio and listen to Karen Peck and New River sing it in person. The group also performed in a local church the following day. The group recently won two GMA Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year and their single “I Am Blessed” winning Southern Gospel Song of the Year. The group also took home two Diamond Awards last month, and this past April was awarded two Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.
This recent trip to Honduras capped off an already impressive year for the group. “Calling”, the current single from New River’s Dove Award-winning project Pray Now, hit the #1 spot on multiple industry charts. The project’s debut single, “Pray Now”, also reached the #1 spot on all the major charts in the Southern Gospel industry, including the Singing News Top 40 and AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weekly Chart.
The group is in the early planning stages for a new recording. It is tentatively scheduled for an early Spring 2017 release.
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The Gospel Music Association has released the list of the 47th Dove Award Nominees for 2016. SGNScoops extends our congratulations to each of the nominees. We are thankful that the greater Christian music audience is recognizing what we have known for almost 100 years: Gospel music with a Southern influence or Bluegrass/Country twang has a terrific message, accomplished vocalists and some of the best musicians of any genre.
Kudos to the multiple Dove Award nominees of our Southern Gospel family: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Karen Peck and New River, and The Perrys. Also nominated were popular artists The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Mark Lowry, The Bowling Family, and Greater Vision.
SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Jesus Changed Everything” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus Gave Me Water” – Gaither Vocal Band, (writer) Lucie E. Campbell
“I am Blessed” – Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna West, Michael Farren
“Keep On” – Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus, The One” – The Hoppers, (writer) Paula Stefanovich
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Still – Booth Brothers, (producers) Jason Webb, Lari Goss, Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, Jim Brady
That Day Is Coming – Collingsworth Family, (producer) Wayne Haun
Happy People – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (producers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Todd Collins
How We Love – Mark Lowry, (producers) Mark Lowry, Kevin Williams
Moments Like These – The Bowling Family, (producer) Mike Bowling
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, StowTown Records
Gaither Vocal Band,Gaither Music Group
Greater Vision, Daywind Records
Karen Peck & New River, Daywind Records
The Perrys, StowTown Records
Congratulations as well to our Bluegrass and Christian Country family. Multiple Dove Award nominees are Jimmy Fortune, Joey + Rory, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Shenandoah. Other Dove Award artist nominees include Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, The Isaacs, Doug Anderson, Wilburn and Wilburn. Be sure to look at all the Dove award nominated writers, producers and others who work together to make these projects award-winning material.
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“He’s In Control” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, (writer) Steve Watts
“In The Heat of the Fire” – Flatt Lonesome, (writer) Kelsi Harrigill
“Life’s Railway to Heaven (with the Oak Ridge Boys)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writers) Eliza R. Snow, M.E. Abbey
“I’ll Fly Away” – Joey + Rory, (writer) Albert E. Brumley
“Leave It All on the Altar” – The Isaacs, (writers) Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Buddy Greene
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Love Covered My Sin” – Doug Anderson, (writers) Wayne Haun, Randall Garland, Val Dacus
“Small Town Someone (Lunch)” – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (writers) Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox
“I Believe (with The Whites)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writer) Jimmy Fortune
“He Touched Me” – Joey+Rory, (writer) William J. Gaither
“Seconds Count” – Shenandoah ft. Karen Peck, (writers) Coy Fulmer, Doc Walley
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music and Marriage – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (producers) Madison Easter, Greg Cole, Jeff & Sheri Easter
Hits and Hymns – Jimmy Fortune (producer) Ben Isaacs
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (producers) Rory Lee Feek, Joe West
Good News Travels Fast – Shenandoah, (producers) Bud McGuire, Mike McGuire
Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn, (producers) Ben Issacs, Jonathan Wilburn, Jordan Wilburn
In the following Dove Award categories, we have highlighted the artists that are often referred to as Southern Gospel or Christian Country, or those who would be recognized by that industry.
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Seth Mosley & Michael X O’Connor (Team)
INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Pieces” – Bethel Music & Amanda Cook, (writers) Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger
“Let It Be Jesus” – Christy Nockels, (writers) Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman
“Heaven’s Shore” – David Phelps, (writer) David Phelps
“O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” – Hillsong Worship (writers) Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher
“Till I Met You” – Laura Story, (writers) Laura Story, Christopher Stevens, Bryan Fowler
SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby – Various, (producers) Bobby Blazier, John Hartley
Let the Glory Come Down – Bill & Gloria Gaither and Friends, (producers) Geron Davis, Bradley Knight
Passion Salvations Tide Is Rising – Passion, (producers) David Crowder, Gabe Scott, Ed Cash, David Garcia, Ross Copperman, Seth Mosley, Nathan Nockels, Shama “Sake Pase, Joseph, Maurice “Jimi Cravity” Willis, Solomon Olds
The Passion: New Orleans – Various/The Passion Cast, (producers) Adam Anders, Peer Astrom
We Will Stand – Various, (producers) Michael Omartian, Dan Posthuma
MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
Bethlehem Morning, (creators) Russel Mauldin, Sue C. Smith
Jesus, Only Jesus, (creator) Craig Adams
That’s Where The Story Begins, (creators) Dave Clark, Gerald Crabb, Mike Harland
This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank
Under a Starry Sky (A Dramatic Musical for Christmas), – (creators) Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner
LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Come Alive – Bethel Music Kids, (director) David Noroña (producer) Kiley Goodpasture
Neon Porch Extravaganza LIVE – Crowder, (director) Nathan Corrona (producers) Shelley Giglio, Mike McCloskey
Youth Revival – Hillsong Y&F, (director) Jamin Tasker (producer) Ben Field
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (director) Daniel Grace (producer) Aaron Carnahan, Joel McAfee, Bill Gaither
#LetsGo – Planetshakers, (director) Pete Seamons, Peter John (producer) Russell Evans, Mike Pilmer, Joth Hunt, Josh Brown
CCM United – Various, (director) Michael Omartian (producer) Stephen Yake
Congratulations to each Dove Award nominee who has been recognized for talent, skill and ministry. To each artist whose name does not appear here, we applaud your hard work, diligence, and commitment to making quality music that uplifts the name of Jesus!
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Younger Perspective on Kari Gooch: By Erin Stevens
A word from the writer…
I have kept you all waiting long enough for this exciting interview! I knew it was finally time to help you get to know the daughter of one of the most prestigious, highly awarded and well loved ladies of our Gospel music industry. Who else could I possibly be referring to other than Karen Peck Gooch? Today, let’s dive into her darling daughter’s life, the sweet Kari Gooch, and find out what roadie livin’ looks like through her eyes.
It’s your turn to take center stage, Kari…
Erin: What was it like growing up with your mom being such a prominent figure in Gospel music?
Kari: As I get older, I see how loved and respected my mom is in the industry. Honestly, she has just been mom to me. She has always been there for me, and has always tried to put my brother and me before anything else.
Erin: For those that may not know the backstory, share what your first night on stage was like.
Kari: About two years ago, my mom got sick and completely lost her voice. I have always been really shy, and the thought of going on stage and singing terrified me! However, when my mom lost her voice, my Aunt Susan came to me and asked if I would help her sing, and I’ve been on stage ever since. Sometimes I still get nervous when I have to sing, but I’m trying to work through that!
Erin: How would you describe what it’s like being raised on a bus? Feel free to share pros and cons.
Kari: Being raised on the bus has definitely kept my life interesting! I practically learned to walk on a bus, so I have great balance. I’m really blessed to get to go different places every week, and to see things that most people my age have never seen. One downside to being raised on a bus is the space. When I was little, my brother, cousin, and I would try to think of different games to play. It’s really hard to play hide and seek on a 45-foot bus.
Erin: If you could do a duet with anyone in the music industry (any genre) who would it be?
Kari: One of my favorite artists right now is Tori Kelly, so I’d love to do a duet with her.
Erin: Are there any good books you’re reading lately that you’d like to share?
Kari: I am currently trying to finish up my freshman year of college, so most of the reading I do is studying for my classes. However, the last book I read for fun was “Good or God” by John Bevere.
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Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River is currently in the hospital.
Earlier today, Karen posted the following on Facebook :
“Seems like today is definitely a day for extra prayers. Please pray for Ricky Dale Braddy. Yesterday he noticed a small red place on his hand. It began to swell and by the afternoon he was running a high fever. He is currently in the hospital with infection in his bloodstream. He is improving though…fever is down…thank the Lord!
We want to thank Devin McGlamery for filling in with us this weekend. We love y’all and thanks for always being there through the good and not so good times. #PrayNow”
SGNScoops is joining all the fans and friends of Karen Peck and New River for Ricky’s restored health.
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Dahlonega, GA (April 1, 2016) Every year on Fathers Day weekend Karen Peck and New River celebrate with their fans. This year will be the 15th Annual Karen Peck and New River Homecoming and it is their 25th Anniversary as a group, so this is a very special event.
Several years ago, Karen had a pavilion in the form of a tabernacle build on her property in Dahlonega. Fans from across the country bring their lawn chairs and enjoy great Gospel singing for two days. The friends that attend are always blessed by the singing and fellowship.
This year is no exception with Jeff and Sheri Easter along with the Guardians joining New River for an exciting opening night on Friday, June17th. The following night, Saturday, June 18th, Brian Free and Assurance, the New River Band, and Allison Speer will be joining New River to perform before the capacity crowd.
Karen stated, “This is such a special event every year for us but especially this year. We invite all of our friends to bring their own lawn chairs and come to help us celebrate 25 years of music and ministry for New River.”
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No doubt the most popular mixed trio in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River are a 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 for her country flair and for having one of the finest soprano voices 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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Dahlonega, Georgia (March 18, 2016) Karen Peck & New River collectively and individually received six top ten nominations for the 2016 Singing News Awards. Their group nominations are for Mixed Group, Song of the Year for “Pray Now” written by Karen Peck Gooch, Dave Clark, and Michael Farren, and Album of the Year Pray Now produced by Wayne Haun.
Karen commented, “We’re so excited about the nominations! Thank you to all of you for voting. We are extremely grateful. The next ballot will be in the May issue.”
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Today we celebrate the birthday of one of Gospel music’s favorite sopranos, Karen Peck Gooch. Karen has been singing professionally for about 30 years, since her days with the LeFevres. Now with New River, more of her family is involved and she is making even more friends and fans.
Karen’s voice and look is timeless, although her award-winning music is always ahead of its time.
The Gooch family has had a challenging time as they faced Rickey’s recent battle with cancer. The Gospel music family came together in prayer and we are so thankful that Rickey is experiencing the healing hand of God.
Thank you Karen for sharing your soaring vocals and sweet personality with us for so many years.
We celebrate with you today.
Happy birthday from all of us at SGNScoops!!!
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Last night, Karen Peck and New River walked the red carpet at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Nominated in the category of Best Roots Gospel Album for Pray Now, Karen Peck Gooch along with Rickey, Matthew and Kari Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson and Ricky Braddy rubbed shoulders with other elite vocalists such as Adele. Jeff Hawes and his wife Shainah were also in town, enjoying the red carpet experience as well.
As the time came for the winner to be announced, there were tweets and Facebook posts about nerves being stretched though out the members of KPNR. The winner of their category was announced as The Fairfield Four.
Karen noted on the her Facebook page: “Hey y’all:) We did not win but we are still having a blast! Congrats to Fairfield Four:)
Pictures coming later from the red carpet. Got a pic with Johnny Depp and he was so nice!”
Congratulations to Karen Peck and New River. You all are winners to us! Thanks for representing Southern Gospel with your usual class and grace.
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Earlier today, Karen Peck Gooch sent out her email newsletter with a praise report regarding Rickey Gooch’s cancer. Karen writes:
Continue to pray for Rickey Gooch and his family as they go through this battle!
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On December 12, Jeff Hawes married Shainah Peek in lovely Christmas wedding. From there, the couple travelled to St. Lucia for their honeymoon.
Jeff exclaimed on his Facebook page: “Had an amazing week!!!!!! Forever has begun!!!!!!”
Jeff recently was successful in obtaining his Masters in Education, after beginning the semester as College and Career Readiness Coach with the Jackson County Board of Education in Alabama. He was the tenor singer with Karen Peck and New River for many years and is a vocalist on their latest album, Pray Now, which is currently nominated for Grammy Award in the Best Roots Gospel Album category.
Shainah Peek Hawes is a Registered Nurse at Dekalb Regional Medical. She also enjoys music and singing. Shainah and Jeff sang together at a school function. Perhaps we will hear more from this musical couple in the future…
SGN Scoops wishes the new couple much happiness in their life ahead, and a very Merry Christmas!
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