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Wilmington Choir has reason to Celebrate

Written by Staff on May 16, 2017 – 2:05 pm -

Wilmington Celebration Choir with Joey Gore

Wilmington Celebration Choir with Joey Gore

20 years of ministry celebration at Homecoming Concert in Wilmington, N. C.

By Lorraine Walker

The Wilmington Celebration Choir has a unique sound that is part worship choir, part Southern Gospel chorale. Led by Joey Gore, the choir has a tour schedule equal to many artists, and it is enjoyed by audiences across the Southeast, as well as Indiana and Connecticut and even South Africa. The group consists of both professional and volunteer singers and uses both accompaniment tracks and live bands.

“It all started when I came off the road [from the Anchormen] and started working with a church,” Gore begins. “Our first concert was in February 1997 with myself and seven friends. We put on a concert at Wrightsboro UMC (United Methodist Church) in Wilmington, N. C. Some of those same people still sing with me today. We called that event ‘Joey Gore & Friends.’”

Joey Gore, leader of Wilmington Celebration Choir

Joey Gore, leader of Wilmington Celebration Choir

Gore’s group of Friends began to grow.

“I had started doing some recording with local groups and decided to do a showcase-type concert to get them exposure in the local community,” Gore remembers. “At Christmas, we did a concert and put together a little choir. People loved it. Before long, we were doing the showcase of local artists along with the little choir backing it up.

 “The more places we went, the more people liked the whole idea of the choir thing. So we started calling it the Pillar Record Family Choir. As things changed over the years, we just merged it all together into the Wilmington Celebration Choir that people hear today.”  

From Gaither Homecomings to major Southern Gospel artist concerts to INSP television, this isn’t your typical community church ensemble. The vocalists ride a 30-passenger bus and carpool to attend concerts four to five hours from home. Don’t look for old-fashioned robes either. This professional Christian music choir looks smart in black with colored scarves. They will lift you up with praise music, let you get down and shout with Black Gospel, and get your hands clapping to Southern Gospel.

Gore was well equipped to handle this project, as the Lord had been training him all his life for just such a position.

“I began playing piano at age eight and loved Southern Gospel music and was in my first group around age 14,” says Gore. “I also was very active in high school with band and chorus and was student director of both.  

Joey Gore, leader of Wilmington Celebration Choir“My first professional group I played and sang with was Naomi and the Segos in the 1980’s, then later with the Anchormen Quartet. After that is when this all started, and I served in a local church for 18 years. I also have been playing piano with Lynda Randle for around 15 years and also with Karen Peck & New River on occasion when I can. The WCC has grown so much in the last few years that I felt the Lord leading me to leave the church position and work on this full time, along with working in the recording studio quite extensively too. Plus, I’m doing a few piano solo concerts too.”

Working with Wilmington Celebration Choir is definitely not the same as working with a Gospel music group.

“The biggest challenge we have is getting a lot of people where they need to be,” says Gore.  “Some venues we sing in are limited in space, and with the current group of around 65, that can wear you out. And it’s just a lot of people with ideas and such. I try to be strict but not over the top. It’s important to love and encourage people, and they will work harder. I’ve also learned (there’s) some stuff you can’t do anything about, so I just let it go. I’ve grown a lot in that area. If not, it will crush you.”

After 20 years, you would think Gore could direct the choir with one hand tied behind his back. Apparently, life isn’t like that.

“My biggest personal challenge is still trusting God,” Gore explains. “It seems – at times – people will be sick, out, can’t go, etc., and I start to worry how it’s going to turn out. However, every time God makes a way, and we have just what we need. Now, that is amazing. So I’m trying to relax more and let God handle it. Listening to His voice and prayer is the key. I would do it all over again for sure.”

The Wilmington Celebration Choir is going to revel in their 20-year milestone at their homecoming from June 2-3 at Pine Valley Baptist Church in Wilmington, N. C. On Friday night, they will share the stage with Karen Peck and New River, and on Saturday, they have invited back some of their alumni to perform, including Debra Hollis, Paula & Angie, and others.

Karen Peck and New River with the Wilmington Celebration Choir

Karen Peck and New River with the Wilmington Celebration Choir

Looking back on 20 years of travel, Gore remembers a few experiences that have kept him on his toes.

“I have missed planes, drove all night to make an event,” recalls Gore. “I do remember a couple of times that we actually had choir members fall off of the back row. One girl stepped into an orchestra pit, and we have left a few people at places too. But everyone turned out okay.

“We sang on a golf course one time for a wedding. Now, that was an experience. As the bride left the ceremony, we sang, ‘I’ll Fly Away’ … hilarious.”

The years have brought many special moments as well.

“We have been so blessed and never take any of the doors opening for granted,” Gore points out. “I guess one highlight is always working with Bill Gaither. He always is so nice and enjoys the choir on his concerts.

“Another thing that is currently happening is that I received a call from Rick Shelton over at Daywind, and we have been asked to premiere a new Christmas musical in Gatlinburg this summer at the LifeWay Worship Conference. That is very exciting for us. I hope something further will come from that. People always are asking for our music and arrangements in sheet music, so we’ll see what happens.”

Joey Gore with the Wilmington Celebration ChoirMany people sitting in the audience who love music will hear Gospel Music artists or the choir and want to become a part of it. To future members, Gore says, “The biggest thing with us is commitment. Singing I can work on, but if you are just interested on occasion, and not really committed, it won’t work for either party. We sing a lot these days, and most of my people just absolutely love it.”

With chorale music becoming more popular and school groups as well as other types of choirs popping up, there is more demand for leaders with the abilities and experience that Joey Gore has developed with the Wilmington Celebration Choir. However, Gore has no intention of leaving for possible greener pastures.

“I have no interest in secular choir,” says Gore. “I have done that, but this is (a) calling for me and these people. God has called us to spread the gospel to the lost person and bring encouragement and hope to the people that need it. In our world today, those things are needed sorely in the church and beyond.

“People need to laugh and have some joy also. It helps to press on in our walk with Christ. The end reward will be worth it.”

By Lorraine Walker

Also published in SGNScoops Magazine June 2017.

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Karen Peck and New River Makes Global Impact

Written by Staff on December 7, 2016 – 2:09 pm -

Karen Peck and New River in Honduras

Karen Peck and New River in Honduras

Group Ministers In Honduras For First Time

DAHLONEGA, GA (December 7, 2016) Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning group Karen Peck & New River recently saw the impact of their ministry on a global level. The award-winning progressive Southern Gospel group received an invitation to perform in Honduras earlier this year.
A local businessman from Honduras invited Karen Peck and New River to come to Roatan to sing “Four Days Late”, the group’s career-making hit single, after hearing the song on the radio. The message of the song had touched his life along with so many from the island. The plan originally was to hold the concert out in the open air, but due to the rain, it was moved to a pavilion.
Karen commented, “This trip literally changed our lives. In all of the years that we have traveled, we have never been so blessed by an audience as we were from the people of Roatan. They sang along at the top of their lungs as we sang “Four Days Late” and “Special Love”. Tears began to flow as the Holy Spirit moved in those services. Needs were met and souls were saved. Thank the Lord for using that radio station to spread the Gospel in Roatan. We hope to travel back there again someday!”
Karen Peck and New River Win at 2016 Diamond Awards

Karen Peck and New River

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.

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

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.

To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to their website here.

You can follow the group on FaceBook or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KarenPeckNR.

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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Dove Award Nominees celebrate Southern Gospel and Christian Country

Written by Staff on August 11, 2016 – 5:09 pm -

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River are 47th Dove Award nominees

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.

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

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.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Release Favorite Hymns of Fanny Crosby

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Release Favorite Hymns of Fanny Crosby

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

The Perrys Release Brand New Live DVD

The Perrys

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

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

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.

Jimmy Fortune To Be Featured On Sirius/XM

Jimmy Fortune

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

Joey and Rory

Joey and Rory

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

Flashback Friday With Jeff & Sheri Easter

Jeff & Sheri Easter

BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY 
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

Shenandoah

Shenandoah

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
Bernie Herms
David Garcia
Kirk Franklin
Wayne Haun
Seth Mosley & Michael X O’Connor (Team)

Award-winning Tenor DAVID PHELPS Tops Sales Charts

DAVID PHELPS

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

Bill Gaither and Friends

Bill Gaither and Friends

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

This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank

This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank

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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Kari Gooch: The “Quirky” Member of Karen Peck and New River

Written by Staff on July 19, 2016 – 2:00 pm -

Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

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.

 

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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 in hospital

Written by Staff on June 9, 2016 – 8:32 pm -

Karen Peck and New River

Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River

Ricky Braddy of  Karen Peck and New River is currently in the hospital.

Earlier today,  Karen posted the following on Facebook :

Ricky Braddy

Ricky Braddy

“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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Karen Peck and New River Host 15th Annual Homecoming

Written by Staff on April 1, 2016 – 5:59 pm -

Karen Peck and New River Homecoming

Karen Peck and New River Homecoming

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.”

For more information about the Homecoming you can E-mail Karen Peck and New River’s office atnewriver@windstream.net or go to the website at

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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

To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com orhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River .

You can Twitter her at https://twitter.com/karenpeckgooch .

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

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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 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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Karen Peck & New River Receives Six Singing News Award Nominations

Written by Staff on March 19, 2016 – 4:57 pm -

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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.

Individually the top ten nominations went to Kari Gooch, for the first time as Favorite Young Artist, Susan Peck Jackson for Favorite Alto, and Karen Peck Gooch as Favorite Soprano.
Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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.”

Continuing in the excitement Susan Peck Jackson stated, “I am thankful and honored to be nominated in the top ten Alto category for the Singing News Fan Awards 2016”.
Karen Peck and New River so far this year for the album, Pray Now, has received a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, a Grammy Award nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album as well as receiving nine nominations in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.
If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com .
You can Twitter her at https://twitter.com/karenpeckgooch .
Karen Peck and New River are booked by The Harper Agency. Contact them at http://www.harperagency.com or by E-mail atinfo@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 are 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 and highest 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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Karen Peck Gooch celebrates

Written by Staff on March 12, 2016 – 7:41 am -

Karen Peck Gooch

Karen Peck Gooch

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 Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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.

Karen Peck and Rickey Gooch

Karen and Rickey Gooch

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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Karen Peck and New River at the Grammys

Written by Staff on February 16, 2016 – 7:32 pm -

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River



 

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.

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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 Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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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Karen Peck writes praise report

Written by Staff on January 14, 2016 – 1:16 pm -

Karen and Rickey Gooch

Karen Peck and Rickey Gooch

Earlier today, Karen Peck Gooch sent out her email newsletter with a praise report regarding Rickey Gooch’s cancer. Karen writes:

Hey Friends! 🙂
WE HAVE GREAT NEWS! Over the past few weeks Rickey has been experiencing post radiation symptoms. After three trips to Emory in Atlanta and going through a day of pre-op getting ready for a biopsy next week, the doctors checked the sore in his throat one more time and came to the conclusion that it looked much better than the week before. Therefore he does not need the biopsy!! We are so grateful to the Lord for answered prayers. Thanks to all of you for your continued prayers! Our new song ‘I Am Blessed’ is definitely our theme for 2016!!We are still very excited about going to the Grammys next month. We have been shopping like crazy!! LOL

So much is going on and I wanted to stop and remind you all about the Abraham Productions events that are happening this year. Check out the brochures and join us!!

Be sure to check our schedule and come see us. 🙂

Love y’all, Karen

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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Continue to pray for Rickey Gooch and his family as they go through this battle!

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