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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!”

October 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

October 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

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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 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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Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River in hospital

Written by Staff on June 9, 2016 – 8:32 pm -

Karen Peck and New River

Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River

Ricky Braddy of  Karen Peck and New River is currently in the hospital.

Earlier today,  Karen posted the following on Facebook :

Ricky Braddy

Ricky Braddy

“Seems like today is definitely a day for extra prayers. Please pray for Ricky Dale Braddy. Yesterday he noticed a small red place on his hand. It began to swell and by the afternoon he was running a high fever. He is currently in the hospital with infection in his bloodstream. He is improving though…fever is down…thank the Lord!
We want to thank Devin McGlamery for filling in with us this weekend. We love y’all and thanks for always being there through the good and not so good times. #PrayNow”

SGNScoops is joining all the fans and friends of Karen Peck and New River for Ricky’s restored health.

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Karen Peck and New River: Sailing down a new stream

Written by Staff on November 18, 2015 – 2:24 pm -

 

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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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