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Fayth Lore announces June cover feature for SGNScoops featuring Karen Peck and New River

Written by Staff on May 16, 2018 – 7:42 am -

Fayth Lore talks to Grant Gibson, Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Fayth Lore talks to Grant Gibson, Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Fayth Lore of the Lore Family is a writer for SGNScoops Magazine and often does our cover features. She has been working hard on the cover for the June 2018 edition and gives us a brief scoop on what it contains!

You may have heard that Karen Peck and New River recently underwent a personnel change. Their new vocalist is Grant Gibson, formerly of 11th Hour. Fayth went indepth with this congenial tenor and his new group. She will share all the minute details in the June edition of SGNScoops.

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Karen Peck Gooch inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame

Written by Staff on May 9, 2018 – 8:42 am -

Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Last evening, May 9, 2018, Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, during a star-studded ceremony. The evening was also a fund raiser for the Hall of Fame.

Karen Peck Gooch has been singing gospel music for 30 years, received many nominations and awards, traveled around the world with her music, and yet still retains humility and a sweet spirit that draws just as many fans as her beautiful voice.

Ed Leonard introducing Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Ed Leonard introducing Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Karen wrote this on her Facebook page following the ceremony. “Tonight was a highlight of my career. Special thanks to Ed Leonard for presenting me with the GMA Induction. Special thanks to The Isaacs and Jason Crabb for singing for me. (They were incredible!) Special thanks to Jackie Patillo and the GMA for being a friend to all of us! It was awesome having Rickey Gooch, Matthew Gooch, Kari Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson, David Jackson, Sue Peck Music, Bill Music, Kelly Nelon Clark, Grant Gibson sitting at my table. Peggy G. Fauscett, Pamela Cooper Unthank, Harper Agency, Daywind Music, NQC, and so many fellow artists were there to support me and I will never forget it! I love every one of you! Thanks to Chip Woods for the amazing pictures and Megan Clark for doing our makeup!

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Karen Peck and New River

“I am so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to live my dream. 38 years ago I started singing professionally. I will forever be grateful to Alphus LeFevre and Rex Nelon for their incredible leadership and for their love for the Lord and this great music. I pray that the Lord will give me many more years of service to Him! Our best days are ahead! ❤️”

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11th Hour looks for new member

Written by Staff on March 27, 2018 – 10:37 am -

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Arden, NC. (March 27, 2018) – Chart-topping trio 11th Hour announces the departure of Grant Gibson. Grant will be moving to Karen Peck and New River to fill the vacated

position of Ricky Braddy.

Amber Eppinette of 11th Hour states: “Of course, it’s always hard to see someone go, especially when they have been here for five years. Grant became not only a friend but a brother to us. I along with Jaquita are thankful for the years shared with him. We bless him in this new season and journey.”

Grant Gibson adds: “It’s been an honor the past five years to be a part of 11th Hour. I’ve seen countless people come to Christ, watched the group rise to places it had never been, and made so many new friends. The Eppinette family have become an extended family, and I’m so grateful for the opportunities they’ve given me. Amber and Jaquita will always be sisters to me, and this transition won’t change that. Life is full of seasons, and this season of my life is coming to an end. I ask that you continue to pray for 11th Hour and myself as we continue to seek God’s will.”

11th Hour will be auditioning to fill the lead vocal position starting immediately. Interested vocalists should send resume’s to

Logan Smith

Logan Smith

11thhourgg@gmail.com to set up a time to audition. In the meantime, Logan Smith who is not a stranger to the Gospel music scene will be temporarily filling the dates with 11th Hour.

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Karen Peck And New River Announce Addition Of Grant Gibson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 27, 2018 – 8:37 am -

Karen Peck And New River Announce Addition Of Grant Gibson

Karen Peck And New River Announce Addition Of Grant Gibson

Dahlonega, GA — Five time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and six time Dove Award-winning group, Karen Peck and New River is excited to announce the addition of Grant Gibson to the group.

 

Karen Peck stated “We have spent the last few weeks praying and seeking God’s will for KPNR. There is a lot to consider when choosing the right person for the job. We are happy to announce Grant Gibson as our new vocalist. Grant is very talented and has an incredible heart to serve the Lord. He has a bright future and will bring a new excitement to KPNR. We are looking forward to the next chapter in our ministry.”

 

Grant has been singing since he was 14 years old and professionally since 2011. He is from Jasper, Alabama but currently resides in Hoover, Alabama. Grant received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Liberty University.

 

Grant said, “I fell in love with Gospel music soon after I came to Christ at the age of 13. Since that time, I’ve known exactly what I wanted to do. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that this it what God has called me to do. I first heard Karen Peck and New River at NQC in the early 2000s, and I’ve been a fan ever since. It’s truly an honor to be apart of this ministry and share the stage with Karen, Susan, Kari, and Matthew as well as working with Rickey. I’m excited to see where God takes us and the new doors He will open for New River.”

 

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Karen Peck and New River/Abraham Productions Announce Homecoming

Written by Staff on March 7, 2018 – 6:45 am -

Karen Peck and New River/Abraham Productions Announce Homecoming

Karen Peck and New River/Abraham Productions Announce Homecoming

DAHLONEGA, Ga.  – Multiple Grammy Award nominated and six-time Dove Award winning Gospel group Karen Peck and New River is excited to announce their 2018 Homecoming in partnership with Abraham Productions. On Father’s Day weekend the group will continue its annual tradition of hosting the very best in Christian Music. This year it will fall on Friday, June 15, 2018 and Saturday, June 16, 2018 and it will take place at New River Park in Dahlonega, Georgia.

On Friday night at 7:00 PM KPNR will host the Gospel Through Girls and Guitars Tour which features Karen Peck and New River, the Talleys,  HIGHROAD, and the first runner-up on The Voice, Emily Ann Roberts. Ray Flynn, President of Abraham Productions, will also be the guest speaker.

Saturday night at 6:00 PM KPNR will be hosting Tribute Quartet, The Whisnants, and the Wilmington Celebration Choir.

Karen Peck Gooch said, “We are very excited about partnering with Abraham Productions this year. Every year we have such a wonderful Homecoming but I believe this year will be the best one we’ve ever had. We want everyone to join us for a fantastic weekend!”

 

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About Karen Peck and New River

 

Five-time Grammy-nominated and six-time Dove Award-winning family group Karen Peck and New River are no doubt the most popular mixed group in Gospel Music. They are a music powerhouse in the 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 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 the Southern Gospel Music industry. 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. The group members include Karen Peck Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson, Ricky Braddy, Kari Gooch, and Matthew Gooch.

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Brand New Music By Karen Peck and New River

Written by scoopsnews on January 30, 2018 – 5:40 am -

 

Karen Peck and New River Release Powerful Video For New Single “Hope For All Nations”

Karen Peck and New River

New Single By Karen Peck and New River….. You Gotta Be Saved!

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Ricky Braddy leaves Karen Peck and New River

Written by Staff on December 31, 2017 – 11:38 am -

Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River

Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River. Photo by Craig Harris

Karen Peck and New River have announced the departure of Ricky Braddy.

“Last night was Ricky Dale Braddy’s last night with KPNR. (We couldn’t do a video because all of us would have cried the whole time! Lol) Ricky told us about his departure a few weeks ago. We decided to step back, enjoy the Christmas break, and then afterwards, make the announcement. Ricky came into our ministry when life was a whirlwind. Rickey Gooch was battling cancer and we were very distraught. Ricky B. was a rock. He rolled up his sleeves, prayed, and plowed through the chaos with us.

Karen Peck and New River with Ricky Braddy

Karen Peck and New River with Ricky Braddy

“We have traveled many miles since he joined us and we will forever be grateful for his contributions to KPNR. He undoubtedly has one of the most amazing, anointed, powerful voices in our generation. We pray that the Lord will continue to use him as the new Worship Leader at Cross Roads Church in Nashville. We love him and he will always be a part of our family/ministry. We have not decided on a replacement yet but hopefully will make an announcement in the near future. Thanks for your continued prayers!” See Peck’s post here.

Karen Peck and New River with Ricky Braddy

Karen Peck and New River with Ricky Braddy

Braddy says: “Just played my last show with this amazing family. I’ve spent the last two and a half years traveling and ministering with this group (Karen Peck and New River). I don’t have words to express how grateful I am to have been a part of such a wonderful and powerful ministry. As 2018 rolls in, a new chapter in my life begins with it. The love and support I’ve felt from every person in this picture will carry me well into my next step. Nothing but good things ahead!”

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Southern Gospel Sweethearts: Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Written by Staff on July 28, 2017 – 1:19 pm -

Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Cancer. If a word could physically punch you in the gut and knock the wind right out of you, that one would. It’s a word that sends shivers down your spine and pierces fear right to the heart. It knows no limits and holds back none of its wrath. It is no respecter of gender, age, race or status. Even now, as you read these words, at least one person will come to your mind that you know who has battled this relentless disease. It’s a word that you wouldn’t wish for your worst enemy, and you especially wouldn’t want for your dearest loved one.

In 2015, the reality of that dreaded word hit home in the Gooch household. Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River explains how that one of her family’s hardest trials became one of its greatest triumphs.

February of 2015 was the month that the Gooch family found out that Rickey Gooch, Kari’s dad, had cancer.

“After a neck scan, two biopsies, a CT scan and a PET scan, Rickey was diagnosed with squamous carcinoma, a type of cancer” (K.P. Gooch, 2015, http://www.sgnscoops.com/an-open-letter-from-karen-peck-gooch/). In an open letter to KPNR

Rickey and Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Rickey and Karen Peck Gooch

followers, Karen Peck said, “Thank the Lord,” as they were relieved to find out the cancer was “confined to Rickey’s left tonsil area and had not spread anywhere else within his body.”  In that same letter, Karen explained the difficulty of watching her husband suffer through all of his symptoms. It was certainly a trying time for all of them, including Kari’s older brother Matthew.

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Karen Peck and New River Release Powerful Video For New Single “Hope For All Nations”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 9, 2017 – 1:14 pm -

Karen Peck and New River Release Powerful Video For New Single “Hope For All Nations”

Karen Peck and New River Release Powerful Video For New Single “Hope For All Nations”

Four-time Grammy Award-nominated and six-time Dove Award-winning family group Karen Peck & New River recently released a powerful new concept video for the group’s new single “Hope For All Nations.”

Featuring footage filmed while ministering on a recent trip to Roatan, Honduras, the song’s incredible message jumps off the screen to show the group’s heart for world missions and providing hope for people all across the world. Additional footage was filmed at the group’s annual homecoming and featured the Wilmington Celebration Choir which also appeared on the recording as well. The concept video was directed by Scott Godsey and edited by Bryce Free.

Karen Peck Gooch said, “We are very thankful to Scott Godsey and Bryce Free for capturing the heart of Roatan, Honduras in the video ‘Hope For All Nations.’ They also captured the love that we have for the beautiful people of Roatan. We pray that the video will spread the message of hope through Jesus Christ.”

The powerful video can be viewed on the group’s Facebook page or by visiting the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/KarenPeckNR/videos/10155476977319596/

The group wishes the thank the following individuals for their contributions to the project: Jerry Hynds and Nicole Brady, Ron McNab at Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort, Elton and Claire Maddox, Edwin Martinez and the Island Singers, Romark Benneth, Brenda Grant, Daisy Rivers, Hesie Brooks, Shanna Rankin, Samaria Grant, Fredy Hyde, Russell Borden, Mazie and Natalia, Dale Jackson, and Vance and Amber McCollom, Church of God World Missionaries.

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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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