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From Karen Peck Special Prayer For Rickey

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 13, 2015 – 2:41 pm -



Hey Friends,

This week is Rickey’s the final week of treatments! Four radiations and one chemo left.

I am writing to you for a special reason. Over the past six weeks, Rickey has worked very hard to swallow and eat. Since the cancer is located in the left tonsil and surrounding lymph nodes, the radiation has literally burned his throat to the point of almost unbearable pain. He literally has no taste buds or saliva. On top of this, the chemo has made him very weak and nauseated. He has been taking medicines for these symptoms but now they are not working as well. He has lost weight and is very weak.

Today is a hard day. This will be a hard week. While I was waiting on Rickey to get his radiation treatment, I began to pray and ask the Lord to strengthen him and to build his immune system especially this week. Will y’all stand with me in prayer believing? Will you pray bold prayers for Rickey? In all of my years of traveling and having had the wonderful opportunity of knowing so many of you, I have never been so eager to reach out and request something so heartfelt. My heart is breaking for my husband and I knew I could count on you to stand with me in prayer for his healing and to pray him through this last stretch. I know God is willing and able!! We have been so overwhelmed by your continued prayers, love, and support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love you dearly.

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A Note From Karen Peck

Written by Staff on April 2, 2015 – 11:49 am -


A Note From Karen 🙂

Hey Friends!

So many of you have been asking about Rickey. Thank you all for the prayers. We can definitely feel the strength and peace from the Lord. Honestly, we could not have made it this far without prayer. Rickey began his treatments on March 3. He started feeling the side effects from the chemo and radiation well into his second week. I remember thinking about how in the world he would make it seven weeks when he was already having difficulty swallowing. It has been a major challenge for him but he is plowing through it with the Lord’s help. As his caregiver, I have never experienced anything so heart riveting. Watching my husband struggle has been very difficult. I can’t fix it. All I can do is pray. The best way that I can describe it is, right now we are right in the middle of a storm. The waves are raging all around us, but Jesus is in the boat with us. Very soon the waves will calm and the storm will pass. Until then, we will keep moving forward. One of the many things we have learned from this trial is that God is bigger than cancer!!! He is not surprised or taken aback by our circumstances. We are very thankful that He is with us every step of the way.

This week we celebrate the most powerful time of the year, Easter. Thank the Lord for dying on an old rugged cross for us, that we may have eternal life. On the third day He arose from the grave!! Now He sits at the right hand of the Father and He intercedes for you and me. Thank you Jesus!

Have a wonderful Easter 🙂


From: New River News Thursday, April 2, 2015.
-Karen Peck and New River

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Mike LeFevre, Danny Jones and Karen Peck on the set of Gospel Music USA!

Written by Staff on January 26, 2015 – 12:44 pm -

Karen Peck, Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre. Photo courtesy of Robert York

Karen Peck, Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre. Photo courtesy of Robert York

WATC-TV 57 out of Atlanta, GA airs “Gospel Music USA,” hosted by Mike
LeFevre (The LeFevre Quartet), Danny Jones (Singing News) and Karen Peck
(Karen Peck & New River). This 30-minute segment is filled with your favorite
Southern Gospel music from top artists from all over the USA. Mike, Danny and
Karen bring you face-to-face with the artists as they share their testimonies and
their ministries with their viewers.

Upcoming guests on Gospel Music USA include Jeff Stice, Lauren Talley, Freedom Quartet, Old Paths, Ivan Parker and Archie Watkins. Some of the artists who have appeared on the show are Karen Peck and New River, The LeFevre Quartet, Greater Vision, Triumphant Quartet and The Blackwood Brothers, just to name a few.

Gospel Music USA airs Saturdays at 2:30 pm on WATC TV and Saturday nights at 9 pm as part of the “Saturday Night Gospel Sing” on WATC TOO. Watch Gospel Music USA from the comfort of your own home via live stream here: http://watc.tv/gospelmusicusa/

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Behind The Scenes At Gospel Music USA

Written by Staff on January 23, 2015 – 12:50 pm -


Karen Peck, Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre

By Robert York


Old Paths Quartet

Gospel Music USA, a TV program aired on WATC-TV in Atlanta, GA and also available on the internet, recently had a two-day taping of the programs in high definition (HD). The station will be totally HD in February when these programs begin to air. Danny Jones, Singing News Editor; Karen Peck of Karen Peck and New River and Mike LeFevre of the LeFevre Quartet are the hosts of the program.

I had the privilege of having breakfast before the first day of taping with Danny, Karen and Mike. Danny and Mike were discussing the most asked question about Mike’s group. Mike responded about how he was related to Eva Mae LeFevre. Mike said his Dad and Eva Mae’s husband

Interview With Old Paths

Interview With Old Paths

Uncle Urias were brothers. He went on to talk a little about the family saying that they were five brothers and two sisters in the family. Sister Maude started singing with Uncle Urias and Alf. After Maude left the group, Sister Omega sang with them. The marriage took place and Eva Mae started playing the piano and singing alto with the group.

It was over to the studio for taping the program. There were six groups

Freedom Quartet

Freedom Quartet

scheduled to tape in the two-day session. The first day bought The Old Paths Quartet, Freedom Quartet and Lauren Talley in front of the four cameras and on the new set for the program. Day two was Jeff Stice, Ivan Parker and Archie Watkins. When you put those three hosts together you never know exactly what to expect from them. I would go into some funny details about the introduction of Freedom Quartet but I think it best to let you wait and watch the program.

Lauren Talley

Lauren Talley

Patricia Mathis, Vice President of WATC-TV and Greg West produce the program which is aired at 2:30 pm eastern time on Saturdays on both TV and the internet. The original show was taped August 13, 2013 and started airing in September of that year. It has been on the air weekly since then. WATC-TV also filmed the SGN Scoops 2014 Diamond Awards and the Lou Hildreth Honors featuring Willie Wynn this past year in Pigeon Forge, TN and aired the programs

Patricia Mathis and Ivan Parker

Patricia Mathis and Ivan Parker

on their station. For more information including programming details, visit  www.watc.tvhttp://www.watc.tv/

Pictures courtesy of Robert York.

Mike LeFevre, Danny Jones, Jeff Stice

Mike LeFevre, Danny Jones, Jeff Stice

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Ashley DeRamus Presenter At Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 3:11 pm -

Ashley and Karen Peck

Ashley and Karen Peck

Pigeon Forge, TN (November 7, 2014) Ashley DeRamus shared the stage with Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River to present the Diamond Award for the Country Gospel Group of the Year. The award show was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Tuesday night, November 4th.

“It is always fun to see some of my friends in Gospel music and to be asked to take part in this award show was a highlight of my year” Ashley said.

Karen Peck Gooch stated, “Ashley is such a sweet girl with a bright future. It was an honor to present an award with her.”

The video “Love Is Stronger” featuring Ashley as the daughter of a wounded soldier was nominated for a Dove Award as well as a Diamond Award this year. The song on which the story is based was recorded and performed by Jason Crabb.

This follow on the heels of Ashley who is the founder of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation, being presented with the Spear Award in the Hero category of the first annual Vulcan Awards. The awards program recognizes substantial civic pride, progress and leadership on the part of Birmingham-area citizens. Ashley was selected from a pool of nearly 200 nominations from the entire Birmingham region, and was presented the award at a dinner ceremony held Thursday, October 2, at The Club in Homewood.

You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus at http://www.ashleyderamusfoundation.org


About Ashley Deramus Foundation
The Ashley Deramus Foundation was founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality life-style of children and adults with Downs Syndrome. Through the work of Ashley and the foundation, our goal is to increase the awareness and enlighten others about the rewards and positive contributions we make. You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or adream.gk@gmail.com

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Karen Peck and New River to Appear at the 2014 Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on October 30, 2014 – 12:50 pm -

KarenPeckNewsFeaturePigeon Forge, TN (October 30, 2014) – SGN Scoops is delighted to announce that Karen Peck and New River will be singing at the 2014 Diamond Awards ceremony to be held on November 4th at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  The Diamond Awards are held during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, November 3rd through 6th.

Karen Peck and New River are one of Gospel music’s favorite trios and also one of the most awarded. They recently won a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song Of The Year with their hit, “Revival.” Their song and the album Revival have both been nominated for a Diamond Award. The group has been nominated for Trio Of The Year. Karen Peck has been given the nod for both Female Artist and Living Legend Diamond Awards.

Karen Peck Gooch

Karen Peck Gooch

SGN Scoops is looking forward to a great evening with Karen Peck and New River, as well as other artists such as Blue Highway, the Dixie Melody Boys and Mike LeFevre. There are a few remaining free tickets for the event, so fans are invited to reserve their tickets today.

For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention go to:  http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

To reserve your free ticket today click HERE

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This Week’s Harmony Road Features Nelons,Browders, Penny Loafers

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 10, 2014 – 8:14 am -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

Program also Includes Karen Peck and New Riverand Zach and Rodney with Michael Lee

Signal Mountain, TN October 9, 2014 This week’s Harmony Road program will feature a variety of inspiring videos from top gospel artists. Included in the program is “Fall on My Knees” from the Browders, “Excuse Me, are You Jesus?” from The Nelons and the Penny Loafers and “Goodbye World, Goodbye”. Also on the program is Zach and Rodney along with Michael Lee and their concept video “Cookes and Hinsons” and Karen Peck and New River brings viewers their hit “Ephesians Chapter 1”.

Now available to over 80 million television homes across the country in addition to online streaming, ROKU, mobile app and more, Harmony Road is a weekly southern gospel television program hosted by Singing News, Butler Music Group and Solid Gospel Radio veteran Les Butler. The Harmony Road TV staff recently announced new additions to the network and will be sharing more news soon as they are in the process of adding new affiliates. Each growth announcement from the program means that more people across the nation can now see and hear great gospel music and video along with its message of hope and encouragement.

The producers of the program also plan several special episodes in the next few months including a Thanksgiving program, celebrating their third year of broadcasting, unique

Christmas programs, a Crabb Family reunion special, an on location program with artists Back Home and broadcast premiere videos.

Information on Harmony Road. Its affiliates and time slots can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com. Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter @harmonyroadtv.

Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland Network, The NRB Network (including DirecTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL. Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC, DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, Lebanon and Jackson, TN and WMJN29 in Decatur/

Athens/Cullman, AL

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In Depth With…Karen Peck Gooch

Written by Staff on October 9, 2014 – 11:27 am -


Karen Peck and New River

SGM Radio was thrilled to chat with the delightful Karen Peck Gooch, during our 2013 “In Depth With” series. We are excited to learn that Karen Peck and New River were the recipients of a Dove Award last night for their hit, “Revival.”

Karen Peck is well known to Gospel Music fans, having begun her singing career in 1981 with The LeFevres who then became known as The Nelons. Ten years later, Karen Peck and New River (KPNR) was born as Karen fulfilled a dream to travel full-time with her sister Susan. Today, Karen’s beautiful, soaring soprano voice is still joined by Susan’s melting alto vocals. The Peck sisters are joined by Jeff Hawes, who adds a rich lead/tenor that makes Karen Peck and New River an audience and radio favorite.

Karen Peck Gooch

Karen Peck Gooch

When asked to tell us something about each of the group’s members, Peck says: “Susan is loyal. Jeff is committed. Rickey is stable. Matthew is witty and smart. Kari is witty and organized. Trip is funny but is a great bus driver.” About herself, Karen says she has a “genuine love for people”. This love shows through Peck and her group, both onstage and off. The KPNR team has melded together to become a cohesive unit that continually strives to give their best. The trio has seen the fruit of their labors with several acknowledgments and nominations in Christian music awards.

Karen Peck and New River are multi-award winners with The Singing News and the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. They have been nominated for Grammy Awards three times and many of their songs have reached number-one status on the Singing News radio charts.

Reach Out is the latest project for Karen Peck and New River, and the current single, “Sustaining Grace” is receiving a good response. Reach Out received two Dove Awards and has garnered at least two number-one songs at the time of this publication. The trio is in the process of recording a new album to be released this year. Karen also recently released her solo CD entitled How You Walk The Miles, to the delight of her many fans. Her lovely soprano is instantly recognizable and her passionate delivery makes each song an instant favorite.

With over 30 years in Gospel music, Karen Peck has sung hundreds of songs. However, “Four Days Late” is still her favorite song to perform because, she says, everyone can relate to the song. The Singing News proved the popularity of the song with the choice of “Four Days Late” as 2010’s Song Of The Decade.

Karen Peck seems to have accomplished so much in her illustrious career, but in the last couple of years she experienced something new: performing in the film “Joyful Noise” starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. “I had a wonderful experience filming this movie!” says Peck. “It was one highlight of my career. I walked away feeling very proud to be a Christian and meeting actors that proclaim His name! Right now, no plans have been made to do another movie but I’m waiting next to the phone!”

Karen Peck is not only an accomplished vocal artist and movie actress, but also has been honing her talent as a speaker. “I’ve done several ladies’ conferences,” says Peck.  “We do an annual conference in October at North Highland Baptist Church in Warrior, Alabama.” Peck speaks to the hearts’ of women through her experience as an artist, wife and mother. Karen and Ricky Gooch have two children, Matthew and Kari. When asked how she keeps her family strong, Karen replies, “By making sure that we live our lives to the best of our abilities for Jesus Christ.”

Karen Peck and New River performing at the Dove Awards. Photo Courtesy of Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River performing at the Dove Awards. Photo Courtesy of Karen Peck and New River

As a communicator and minister, Peck knows she needs to keep her own relationship with the Lord strong and vibrant. She does this through taking in all she can from Christian speakers and authors. “I love to read Christian books,” says Peck. “I also listen to Pastor Jentzen Franklin, Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore, T.D. Jakes and Johnny Hunt.” Bible study is also important and she says that one passage that has spoken to her personally is 1Corintians 10:13, which says, “God is faithful.”

Relying on God’s faithfulness in a new year is important for all of us, as we look ahead to what we hope to achieve. Peck says she has several personal goals for 2013. “ This year, more than ever, I want to draw closer to God,” says Peck. “To read His Word, and listen to His voice.”

Finally, we asked Karen what twitter-sized comment she would like our readers to remember about her. Karen laughs and replies, “I’m really not a blonde, I just act like one!”

For more information on Karen Peck and New River:

Website: http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karen.p.gooch?fref=ts and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River/81762389595?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenpeckgooch

Written by Lorraine Walker

First published February 2013 by SGM Radio website. For current features, visit http://www.sgmradio.com/



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‘Redeemed’ With Karen Peck Released On DVD

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 5, 2014 – 10:06 am -

Karen Peck

Karen Peck

New movie ‘Redeemed’ will be released on DVD on September 9th. The film ‘Redeemed’ stars Ted McGinley. Karen Peck has a feature performance playing the part of Rose, the best friend of Beth, and is her rock when things are not going well in her marriage. She helps her to stay strong and fight for her marriage.

Pure Flix films stated, “Our hope with every film we produce is that it may challenge your faith and uplift the human spirit.”

Karen stated,” I can’t wait for everyone to see it!  Let me know what you think. We really need more films like this in the world.”

You can pre-order the DVD movie by calling Karen Peck’s office (706-864-2082), by email (newriver@windstream.net) or you can purchase it at selected Christian Bookstores.

It’s a redemptive story between a married couple with relatable pressing issues many marriages face today. It deals with a lot of the hard questions we sometimes don’t talk enough about that creep on us when we’re most vulnerable. How far is too far? Just what is adultery? We highly recommend this film for the newly to experienced married couples in our audience.

The Producer/Director, David A.R.White said of Karen Peck, “Working with Karen was such a pleasure, both personally and professionally. She may not have acted in many films, yet everyone could tell she was a consummate professional. Super natural and brought her southern charm to her acting. I loved working with Karen Peck. To me, she is America’s Sweetheart. Thank you Karen.”

To learn more about Karen Peck go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com or https://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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Gospel Music Today On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 23, 2013 – 9:34 am -

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