Haven Hester of SGN Scoops captured some great pictures at the Atlanta Hymn Sing, with Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, The Whisnants, Karen Peck and New River, and the Jim Brady Trio. The artists were backed up by a large choir, led by John Whisnant’s father. Other participants included Pat Barker, Dr. Jerry Goff, TaRanda Greene, Mylon Hayes Family, Tribute Quartet and Scott Fowler. A live performance video was being taped during the evening.
The popularity of concerts based on the Red Back Hymnbook and led by Gerald Wolfe has been growing with each event. The Atlanta venue was filled to the rafters with a lively congregation that came not just to listen but also to participate in the singing of favorite hymns.
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Twenty-four years ago, a dream was realized. In 1991, Rickey and Karen Peck Gooch, along with Karen’s sister Susan Peck Jackson, formed the musical ministry known as Karen Peck and New River. Little did they know that this ministry would literally take them all over the world. Since that time, New River has been awarded three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and three Grammy Award nominations. Karen has been named the Singing News Fan Awards Favorite Soprano an unprecedented eleven times. Despite their numerous accolades, one single thing stands above all else. Their ministry is centered on proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ through song. Through all of their joys and sorrows, they have remained true to their calling and follow the footsteps of Jesus every step of the way.
Long before New River became a reality, a little girl named Karen was too small to be seen while singing about her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Karen says, “They used to stand me in a chair when I was three years old. Mama used to sing in church and my first time I remember singing, I sang ‘I’m Bound for That City.’”
Karen and Susan’s first recollection of Southern Gospel music was attending the All-Night Gospel Sing in Atlanta. Karen states, “I remember my Mom and Dad used to take me and my sisters to the All-Night Gospel Sing in Atlanta. Literally, they would be all night and we’d be in the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia, and they would last until six o’clock in the morning. I remember being mesmerized when Vestal Goodman came out on the stage.” Susan echoes Karen’s comments by adding, “I would get so excited when the Goodmans would walk out on stage and start singing. Vestal would step up to sing and her voice would fill the building. She was my favorite!”
Rickey Gooch says his first memory of Southern Gospel music was when his mom had a group come to their house to practice when he was a very small boy. Ricky Braddy shares that he’s always wanted to sing Gospel music, even as a child. He says, “I was four years old when I first blurted out the alto part to a song my sister was singing. She and I sang ‘When I Need Someone to Talk To’ in our little old church. I’ve done a lot of types of music, but nothing satisfies like singing about Jesus.”
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Dahlonega, Georgia (October 16, 2015) Daywind Recording artist Karen Peck and New River won the Southern Gospel Album of the Year for their newest CD titled Pray Now. The Award was presented at the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards Ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on October 13th. The project was produced by Wayne Haun.
Karen stated, “We are deeply honored and thankful. Pray Now is a very special album that resonates where we have been spiritually this year. Each song is a statement of faith and encouragement. The Lord sent these songs at the right time in our ministry and we are grateful that they are drawing people to Him. We are blessed beyond measure.”
In the post award press conference Karen said, “We know what we do is a calling and it’s about seeing people saved and hearts touched and turned toward the Lord. That’s the number one goal, but nights like tonight was the Lord encouraging us. Next year will mark the 25th anniversary that Susan and I started this group and we’re so thankful we’re still out here after all these years.”
The title cut of the album “Pray Now” hit the number one spot on numerous charts and echoes the feelings of so many people dealing with life’s struggles. This is the fourth Dove Award win for the group.
Please help Karen, Susan and Ricky spread the word by using this suggested hashtag for social media: #PrayNow .
If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity at firstname.lastname@example.org .
To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.
You can Twitter the group at https://twitter.com/
Karen Peck and New River is booked by The Harper Agency. Contact them at by E-mail at email@example.com .
Official image by John Shearer & Terry Wyatt of Getty Images – 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards
About Karen Peck and New River
No doubt the most popular mixed trio in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River is 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 as well as 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.
Be sure to read the October 2015 SGN Scoops digital magazine for a cover story on Karen Peck and New River!
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It’s time for the October 2015 SGNScoops Magazine so grab your digital device, sit down with a warm drink and read the latest in Gospel music news!
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SGN Scoops had several roving reporters at NQC this past week, and we are thrilled at the pictures and interviews they obtained. You will be
seeing the fruits of their labors in upcoming SGN Scoops magazine editions, but we wanted you to see some of these live shots now.
Thanks again to all of our writers and photographers, as many of them are also artists that participated in events at the National Quartet Convention. We hope you have enjoyed all of their contributions over the last few days.
Artists that appear hear are members of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound,
Greater Vision, Gold City, 11th Hour, The Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, The Whisnants, Mark Trammell Quartet, Triumphant Quartet.
Thanks to Craig Harris for these great photos from Saturday night at NQC.
For more artist features, photos and stories, stay tuned to SGNScoops’ Facebook page.
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Earlier today, Karen Peck and New River announced the addition of their new tenor singer. His name is Ricky Dale Braddy. This award winning group also consists of Karen Peck Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson, Rickey Gooch, Kari Gooch, and Matthew Gooch.
Previous tenor, Jeff Hawes, announced his departure at the beginning of August. He is pursuing a career in education.
Here is the official press release:
Ricky Braddy Of American Idol Season Eight Joins Karen Peck And New River
Dahlonega, Georgia (September 14, 2015) Three time GRAMMY® Award Nominated and three time Dove winning group, Karen Peck and New River is excited to announce the addition of Season Eight American Idol contestant, Ricky Braddy as the newest member of their group.
Bringing with him not only a great voice, but a wonderful stage personality, he brings not only his experience from younger years singing with his parents Gospel group but also his American Idol time. Ricky has an understanding of what it means to sing with conviction to get the Gospel message across.
Karen Peck Gooch said, “Ricky is such an anointed singer. We cannot wait for everybody to meet him and hear him sing. We are so blessed that God has led him to our Ministry.”
Ricky stated, “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining such an awesome group. It is obvious that God is working through Karen Peck and New River, and I am so thankful to be a part of it.”
Ricky Braddy, a graduate of Belmont University, is a Christian/Worship artist living in Nashville, TN. Growing up in rural North Carolina, Ricky developed his love for music in the church. Sibling duets, family quartets, and Gospel trios were some of the first musical experiences he gained. One of his most notable endeavors was on Season Eight where he made it to the top 15 of Fox’s hit reality television show, American Idol.
After his departure from American Idol, Ricky spent the next few years working on original music that was released in the summer of 2013. The opportunity to return to the music he loves and the passion that drives him has been incredibly fulfilling. He is very passionate about creating music that will bring glory to God. Ricky is continuing to follow the leadership of God’s Spirit in his life.
Be watching for more great things in the future from Karen Peck and New River.
Please help Karen, Susan and Ricky spread the word by using this suggested Hashtag for social media: #PrayNow .
If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity at firstname.lastname@example.org .
To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com .
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 are booked by The Harper Agency. Contact them at http://www.harperagency.com or by E-mail at email@example.com .
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.
Visit the Karen Peck and New River announcement on their Facebook Page here to see more.
SGN Scoops would like to extend our best wishes and God’s blessings to all of Karen Peck and New River.
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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.
For more information on Abraham Productions various events throughout the year, visit them online.
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For more pictures from the Gatlinburg Gathering by Erin Stevens of Photos For Keeps, click below.
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Today we present SGN Scoops’ Fast Five for Friday, a special edition of our feature that you usually see on Monday! But we thought you needed a smile for your Friday as well, so here you have it:
SGN Scoops talked to Karen Peck and New River during the last weekend that Jeff Hawes was with the group. We have included his answers here as well for this Fast Five. Each artist was asked five questions, and they answered with the first word that came to mind, in true game-show fashion. Unfortunately there were no prizes, but we consider each member of Karen Peck and New River a winner!
SGN Scoops: What is your favorite perfume/cologne?
Susan Peck Jackson: Mademoiselle by Chanel
Kari Gooch: Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Jeff Hawes: YSL [Yves Saint Laurent]
Karen Peck Gooch: Jimmie Choo
SGN Scoops: What was the last book you read?
Susan Peck Jackson: Hear My Heart [by Sheri Easter]
Kari Gooch: The Vacationers [by Emma Straub]
Jeff Hawes: The Bible. That’s a given… but it really was. Before that: To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ve read that many, many times.
Karen Peck Gooch: God’s Generals. I read a lot of books at the same time. But my favorite book is God’s Generals [by Roberts Liardon]
SGN Scoops: What is your favorite thing about Canada? [Editor’s note: The concert took place in Coburg, Ontario, Canada.]
Susan Peck Jackson: I love Canada! Everything is great. We were talking about all the things we like about Canada: Maple Syrup, the Hockey Team [We hope she means the Toronto Maple Leafs!], and the Baseball Team [We are sure she means the Toronto Blue Jays!]…we were talking about that, but really, we love the way y’all talk. Eh?
Kari Gooch: The accents.
Jeff Hawes: The people; they are so sweet, genuinely sweet.
Karen Peck Gooch: The people. Absolutely.
SGN Scoops: What is your favorite hymn?
Susan Peck Jackson: The Old Rugged Cross.
Kari Gooch: Amazing Grace.
Jeff Hawes: It Is Well With My Soul.
Karen Peck Gooch: Amazing Grace.
SGN Scoops: What is your favorite vacation destination?
Susan Peck Jackson: Destin, Florida. That’s where we go every year because it’s not that far from where we live. Every summer we go to the beach and stay for a week. It’s a good family time to get together.
Kari Gooch: Destin, Florida.
Jeff Hawes: The Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, Pigeon Forge. I love it and it’s not that far from home.
Karen Peck Gooch: Destin, Florida. I like Destin because I love the beach. The beach is white sand, it’s clean and it’s family-oriented. We like the water, we like the food; it’s just someplace we always go and it’s also the kids’ favorite place.
SGN Scoops thanks Karen Peck and New River for being so gracious to chat with us after the concert at Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp in Coburg, Ontario. We urge our readers to continue to pray for Rickey Gooch so he can regain his health. A special greeting goes out to Matthew Gooch who seemed to vanish as soon as a voice recorder was brought out!
Karen Peck and New River have been nominated for several Diamond Awards in 2015. We invite you to vote for these artists today! Make your plans to visit Creekside Gospel Music Convention for the Diamond Awards ceremony on November 3, 2015.
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Karen Peck and New River Top This Month’s SGNScoops’ Chart. Thanks to all the Southern Gospel radio stations that submit their charts each month.
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On August 1, 2015, we were privileged to be at a concert featuring Karen Peck and New River in Coburg, Ontario. The site was the Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp, a beautiful campsite on the shores of Lake Ontario. Inside the Tabernacle was seating for about 1000 people on old-fashioned wooden pews and we were happy to see modern fans and feel the air-conditioning on that exceptionally warm evening.
Karen Peck and New River stepped onto the stage to a very appreciative crowd
welcoming the artists for the first time to that venue. Many had heard this mixed group previously and fully enjoyed the first few renditions of top songs from the well-awarded history of KPNR.
Karen Peck Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson and Jeff Hawes were joined onstage in the first half by Karen’s daughter Kari on vocals and Matthew on guitar. Karen’s husband Rickey
was running sound and we were happy to note that he is on his way to better health after dealing with cancer for much of the year.
Some notable musical moments included “On The Banks Of The Promised Land,” where the guitar that Matthew was playing so proficiently turned into the sound of a mandolin, and then “Hallelujah For The Cross,” a song off of their newest release, Pray Now, which featured Jeff Hawes on the lead. This vocalist will definitely be missed!
I always enjoy the clear tones of Susan on her alto leads, especially the tune “Sustaining Grace,” which was another chart-topper for KPNR. Karen then had Rickey give his testimony of coming through his health battle, and we were all exhorted to “Pray Now,” in every situation, for God does hear and answer prayer!
During the intermission we were blessed by the instrumental sounds of Matthew on steel guitar and Jeff Hawes on piano. Jeff is a terrific pianist as well as vocalist and Matthew is working his way to proficiency on a variety of stringed instruments. They made a great team.
The second half was as wonderful as the first, and I don’t say that lightly. Karen has a way of drawing in her listeners and then taking them with her as her voice soars ever higher, bringing a special sense of worship and praise to God. After a full concert, Karen stepped down off the stage to present a song completely alone. Her rendition of “My God Will Always Be Enough,” was simply incredible. Her clarity, tone and strength in her upper register after a long evening were amazing and gave proof to why she is one of the top vocalists in Gospel music.
After a sensitive and encouraging prayer time, the artists ended the evening appropriately with the song, “Finish Well.” While the hall was filled with all ages, there was a predominance of older listeners who sometimes feel that their best years are behind them. What an encouragement and exhortation to everyone there, that while we still have breath we have a work to do for the Lord, and we all need to “Finish Well.”
The Karen Peck and New River concert at Lakeshore Pentecostal turned out to be the penultimate performance of Jeff Hawes with the group, and we were thrilled to have had that experience. We wish Jeff all the best in his new endeavors within the educational system, but we hope he knows how much the Southern Gospel world will miss his vocals and sweet spirit. Our prayers are with KPNR as they fill Jeff’s position with another Godly vocalist.
No doubt Karen Peck and New River will persist in expanding their boundaries and pushing the envelope, as they continue on their journey of excellence in Gospel music.
Special note to all you fashionistas out there: take special note of the ladies’ shoes and fashions onstage. KPNR always is in style with colors that flatter and never look immodest. Love that about these artists!
By Lorraine Walker
Photographs by Cindy, Joan and Lorraine Walker
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