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Williamsons feature in SGNScoops On The Road

Written by Staff on January 12, 2018 – 12:49 pm -

The Williamsons

The Williamsons: Donnie and Lisa Williamson, Karl Rice, Darin Hebert

SGNScoops is “On The Road!” SGNScoops Magazine writer Robert York had the opportunity to spend some time with the Williamsons last weekend. The group traveled all the way from Weleetka, Okla. to be in Georgia. Saturday night was the 75th birthday concert for their friend James Wright of the Wright Family. Also that evening, the Wright Family performed as well as David Gresham. In addition to Donnie and Lisa Williamson, the group includes Darin Hubert and Karl Rice.

The Williamsons

The Williamsons and hosts of Gospel Music USA, Karen Peck, Danny Jones

Donnie Williamson let me know that they would be at Southern Gospel Weekend coming up in Oxford, Alab., March 1, 2, 3. They also had their daughters with them. Monday morning they were scheduled to tape two TV programs for ‘Gospel Music USA’ which is hosted by Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre, and Karen Peck. I met the group with Danny Jones at Cracker Barrel for breakfast before the taping, enjoying a lot of joking and fun. You get Danny and Donnie together and you are in for a treat.

On to the tv station for the taping which was scheduled to start at noon. They taped the two programs and the interviews were just as much fun as breakfast. Also at the taping, the daughters and Lisa sang as a trio together. Gospel Music USA is aired on WATC-TV, which is available in the Atlanta area and also on the internet at www.watc.tv.

The Williamsons have produced more than a dozen recordings, performing material that is mostly written by Lisa and Donnie. They have been nominated in the Top Ten Best Mixed Group across the nation and have had several top 10 songs.

WilliamsonsMake your reservations and pack your bags and come to Oxford, Alab., on March 1, 2, 3 and be the Williamsons and many other great Gospel groups. For more information on Southern Gospel Weekend click here.

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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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Congratulations Matthew and Preslee

Written by scoopsnews on July 21, 2017 – 4:29 pm -

Comgratulations to The Gooch Family from SGN Scoops!

From Karen Peck Gooch (FB)

Yesterday was a big day for our family. We sang. We cried. We learned new things. Most of all we experienced the Holy Spirit in a powerful way. All of us were baptized into the Jordan River, and on the Mount of Beatitudes Matthew asked Preslee to marry him! Also he baptized her. It was precious. So y’all, I’m gaining another daughter! Ever since I was expecting him, I’ve asked the Lord to give him a good Godly spouse. I’ve prayed for her Matthew’s whole life. God is good.


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Inspiring Word from Karen Peck Gooch

Written by scoopsnews on February 7, 2017 – 8:10 am -

From Karen on Facebook:

Hey y’all! I usually don’t post things like this very often but I feel led to share this.
Last night I had a wonderful dream about the Lord’s return. We all knew the He was coming that day. The excitement was beyond anything imaginable. I remember feeling nothing but joy, peace, and love. When I woke up this morning I was disappointed that it was only a dream. I literally cried thinking about how I let silly things fill my mind that take the place of the important things. I need to be spending more time in the Word and listening more to His leading. The truth is…Jesus could return today! I should live my life everyday with that exciting thought and anticipation! And I want to sing songs that will bring conviction to the lost and encouragement to the believers. I know the Lord is coming back one day and I’m ready! Are you ready?
I love y’all beyond words. Thank you for your continued prayers and support!❤️

Thank you Karen for such an inspiring post! We at SGN Scoops love you and all you stand for.


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Karen Peck and New River Makes Global Impact

Written by scoopsnews on December 26, 2016 – 7:30 am -

Karen Peck and New River Makes Global Impact
Group Ministers In Honduras For First Time
DAHLONEGA, GA (December, 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!”
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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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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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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Exciting News from KPNR….

Written by scoopsnews on May 22, 2016 – 5:29 pm -

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

From KPNR Facebook:

On the bus rehearsing…….. Love this!

 

Thanks for sharing this moment with  us…….

 


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Southern Gospel Music Association Call for Hall of Fame Nominations

Written by Staff on March 17, 2016 – 1:07 pm -

SGMA Hall of Fame

Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame

Pigeon Forge, TN (March 17, 2016) – The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) announces that ballots have been mailed for members to make nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2016.  

 

“We expect this to be a great year as members begin the selection process for this 2016 induction”, said Karen Peck Gooch, SGMA Executive Officer.  “The SGMA has never been stronger and it is obvious that Southern Gospel Music is alive and well!”  Gooch continued.

 

Induction into the SGMA Hall of Fame begins when members are requested to nominate individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern Gospel Music.  Each ballot allows for nominations of

Karen Peck and Rickey Gooch

Karen and Rickey Gooch

those living and deceased.  Once these have been returned, the SGMA Board of Directors will continue the process by carefully considering each nominee.  Those selected for induction will be announced during the National Quartet Convention 2016 in Pigeon Forge, TN.

 

Arthur Rice of the legendary Kingdom Heirs and President of the SGMA further stated, “This museum represents the very best of those who brought the Gospel through music in the past.  The SGMA believes it is our responsibility to leave a legacy for the future while encouraging the next generation to be bold in their stand for leading souls to Christ”.  

 

The Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum is a centerpiece of Dollywood, an

Arthur Rice

Arthur Rice

entertainment complex located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Visitors to Dollywood will find the Hall of Fame Museum just inside the main entrance.  Along with educational exhibits, a gift shop offers patrons an opportunity to purchase items to encourage their faith.  

 

The SGMA invites everyone to demonstrate his or her support by becoming an SGMA partner.  Partnerships can be obtained at the Hall of Fame Museum or online.

 

For more information on the Southern Gospel Music Association, visit sgma.org

SGMA Hall Of Fame

SGMA Hall Of Fame

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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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