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TIM MENZIES WARMS HEARTS WITH “THAT LITTLE CROWDED ROOM”

Written by Staff on May 12, 2020 – 10:56 am -

TIM MENZIES WARMS HEARTS WITH "THAT LITTLE CROWDED ROOM"

Tim Menzies

Single From Grammy Nominated Project Hits Top 40 at Radio, Strikes Chord with Listeners, Impacts Radio

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 12, 2020) – The latest single, “That Little Crowded Room” from singer-songwriter Tim Menzies has struck a chord with listeners and radio alike.
The song, from the GRAMMY-nominated Daywind Records project His Name Is Jesushas proved to provide comfort and assurance to a world that is so incredibly shaken right now. Perfectly reminding us of the impact that a life lived for Christ can have on all those we come in contact with, the song also gives hope for loved ones who pass away.
Featuring background vocals by Karen Peck Gooch and Ben Isaacs, who also produced the album, the single has caught the ear of radio programmers and listeners, catapulting the song to the TOP 40 of the Singing News Radio Chart, currently sitting at #31.
Menzies says: “Jesus declared in John 3:3, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.” I have been blessed to sit at the deathbed of loved ones who were “born again.” They shared their thoughts and experiences with me as they were being escorted to the heavenly realms. Those experiences led to the writing of “That Little Crowded Room.” Now, I have been blessed by dozens of fellow Disciples sharing their stories about their loved ones departing this earth to be with our Lord. As Christians, we share these stories of earthly loss confident of eternal victory, knowing we will be reunited with our loved ones in Christ. Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow!!!”
Prior to his ministry in Christian music, Menzies experienced a successful career in country music, penning songs for artists George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, John Conlee, Gene Watson, Shenandoah, Doug Stone, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Shelby Lynn, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Mark Chestnutt, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Joe Diffie, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner and many others.
Over the past few years, Menzies felt God prompting him to change his focus to Christian music and he followed. Now, his only goal is to point others to Christ through his music and ministry.
His Name Is Jesus is Tim’s second GRAMMY-nominated project. His debut Christian project, His Way of Loving Me, was nominated in 2014. Two high-profile appearances mark the calendar for Menzies this coming fall – the talented singer-songwriter has been invited to appear at Gaither Family Fest 2020 in Gatlinburg, TN this September and will make a return to the NQC Main Stage in the fall of 2020 in Pigeon Forge, TN.
“That Little Crowded Room,” from the Daywind Records project, His Name Is Jesus is available now on all streaming services. The project, featuring new songs penned by Menzies as well as a few beloved classics, features the Isaacs, Gaither Vocal Band, Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent and Karen Peck Gooch.
For additional information on Tim Menzies, please visit www.TimMenzies.com.
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Karen Peck and New River Sign with Godsey Media Management.

Written by Staff on March 14, 2020 – 10:06 am -

Karen Peck & New River Sign with Godsey Media Management

Karen Peck and New River

GALLATIN, Tenn. (March 13, 2020) – Godsey Media Management, the premier company for promoting music in the digital music revolution, is pleased to announce the addition of five-time GRAMMY® nominated, seven-time GMA Dove award-winning Karen Peck and New River to the company’s roster.

Karen Peck and New River are best known for the perennial favorite song, “Four Days Late,” and dozens of other Number Ones and the groundbreaking release of their latest recording, Lift His Name, in February 2020. Lift His Name has been at the top of Christian digital outlets all around the world. Alongside this release, Godsey Media Management will be launching the official Karen Peck and New River YouTube channel with never-before-seen-footage plus all of your favorite songs and special moments captured through the years.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Karen Peck says, “We’ve had the privilege of working with Scott over the past few years. Every time I see him, I think about the scriptures that reminds us of young men seeing visions and old men dreaming dreams. Scott is a visionary. He goes the extra mile to get the job done. He follows through no matter how difficult the task. I love his young mind and fresh ideas. He truly loves creating new ways of spreading this incredible music to the world.”
Godsey Media Management logoKaren continues, “Everything he does is very relevant. This industry needs more like him. His future is bright! Karen Peck and New River are very excited to be a part of his team. Together we will dream dreams, see visions, and continue to pray for more ways to reach the world for Jesus Christ.”
Scott Godsey, President of Godsey Media Management, says “We are honored to work with such a household name in Christian music. I have worked with Karen on many fronts. Whether we are doing a cruise, shooting a music video, promoting concerts, making music, or anything else around their ministry she has one main focus: to uplift and encourage the people who get to experience the words in this powerful music we love.  I am excited to explore the new music landscape with them in new refreshing ways!”
For More Information about Karen Peck and New River, visit www.karenpeckandnewriver.com.
For more information on Godsey Media Management, visit www.godseymediamanagement.com or email office@godsey.media

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Congratulations Mr. And Mrs. Matthew Gooch

Written by scoopsnews on June 3, 2018 – 6:07 am -

Congratulations Preslee and Matthew from all of us at SGN Scoops!

We are excited for you and your families and can’t wait to see what all God has in store.


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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.

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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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