Karen Peck and New River is a 3-time Grammy Award Nominated and 4-time GMA Dove Award Winning Southern Gospel Group. They have had over 15 number one hits. Karen’s flawless, delightful soprano voice has made its way into the hearts of Gospel Music lovers across the country and garnered an unprecedented 11 Favorite Soprano Fan Awards from the readers of The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication. Karen, Susan and Ricky have also received many awards from other magazine publications and Internet publications. In addition, latest album “Pray Now” featured the #1 song for October 2015 and garnered the Dove Award for Album of the Year. Their previous album, REVIVAL, has had two consecutive #1 songs with “Revival” and “Finish Well.” “Revival” won the 2014 GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year, Song of the Year for the 2014 SGN Diamond Awards, Song of the Year and Progressive Song of the Year for the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, and the album REVIVAL won Album of the Year for both the Diamond Awards and the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. Their previous album release, Reach Out, had two consecutive #1 songs for “On the Banks of the Promised Land” and “Mighty Big God.”
“Reach Out” received 2 GMA Dove Awards, including Country Song of the Year “Good Things Are Happening” and Southern Gospel Album of the Year. The first radio release, “On the Banks of the Promised Land,” reached #1 for December 2011. It was also selected as #1 for the Top 100 Songs of 2011 by Absolutely Gospel.Com. The second release, “Mighty Big God” reached #1 for July 2012. Accordingly, Karen Peck and New River was selected as Top Played Artist for 2011 (absolutelygospel.com), and their release, “Good Things Are Happening”.
The CD/DVD release “Live At Oak Tree Studio” brought the group their third Grammy nomination, receiving a 2011 nomination for Best Southern Gospel/Country Gospel/Bluegrass Album of the Year.
In 2010 “Four Days Late” was chosen by the Singing News Magazine as Song of the Decade as well as “I Wanna Know How It Feels,” being selected as #10 Song of the Decade.
Their 2009 release, “No Worries,” featured the radio hits “Why Should I worry,” “Why Can’t All God’s Children Get Along”, and “Special Love,” all reaching the Top 5 on the charts. “Why Can’t All God’s Children Get Along” received at 2010 Dove Award nomination for Song of the Year, with Karen Peck Gooch receiving a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination.
“Ephesians One,” released in September 2008, features the #1 song “I Want To Thank You”, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. “Each time we go into the studio to record a new album,” Karen shares, “we’re at a different place in our walk with Christ than the last time we prepared for a recording. Therefore, obviously, each recording pulls at a different heartstring, yet the message of hope is always present. That’s what life in Christ is all about. As a result of various circumstances each of us have faced over the past years, we’re at a point in our lives where we realize that anything we achieve or accomplish is all because of Christ. It is an honor to serve Him.”
Their album “Journey of Joy” received a Grammy nomination for 2008. “Journey of Joy” was also nominated for three Dove Awards. This album has three consecutive #1 songs including “Hey”, “Last Night”, and “Whispered Prayers”.
With appearances on such prestigious stages as The Grand Ole Opry, The Gaither Homecoming concerts, Opryland Theme Park, Dollywood and Six Flags Over Georgia, New River has firmly established their place at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music. Over the past decade, they have been featured on many television networks, with appearances on TBN’s Praise The Lord, the Grand Ole Opry Live and the popular Gaither Gospel video Series. The group has enjoyed many honors and accolades. They have received numerous industry and fan award nominations. They have consistently received radio airplay at stations nationwide. Hit releases have flowed their way in bunches, and they have enjoyed many Number One songs. A few of their other previous popular hits include: “Hold Me While I Cry”, “Just One Touch”, “I Wanna Know”, “God Likes To Work”, “Daddy’s Home”, “When Jesus Passes By”, “God Still Answers Prayer”, and “Christian In The House”. Additionally, the group’s Number One hit, “Four Days Late”, was also named Song of the Year by readers of The Singing New Magazine in 2001 and the SGMA Awards and continues to be a favorite among audiences.
The youngest of three daughters, Karen was exposed to the traditional sounds of Gospel Music at a very early age. Her parents often took Karen and her sisters, Susan and Sandra, to the all-night sings in Atlanta, and these concerts left an indelible mark on the youngsters who made a pact that someday they would share a musical ministry of their own.
One of the groups often featured at the Atlanta concerts was The Lefevres, who later became known as The Nelons. It would be a mild understatement to say that Karen had aspirations of singing with this talented family. In fact, that aspiration became her greatest desire, and in 1981, this dream became a reality when Karen was invited to travel with her favorite group. She remained with The Nelons for 10 years, gaining the respect of industry peers and fans alike with her exceptional vocal ability and caring personality.
Finally in 1991, the realization of yet another dream came to pass when Karen and her sister, Susan, with Karen’s husband Rickey, organized the musical entourage of Karen Peck and New River. Today the New River team consists vocally of Karen, Susan, and Ricky Braddy. Additionally, Karen’s husband, Rickey, serves as the group’s road manager and sound technician, Karen and Rickey’s son, Matthew, plays guitar, and their daughter, Kari, sings and is also is the group’s product manager, making New River a complete family affair. Susan’s husband, David, is the founder and owner of the Jackson Steel Guitar Company.
New River sets a new standard for musical perfection with rich vocal harmony that is shaded with the sophistication of Southern Gospel, country and progressive musical sounds. New River today stands not only as a talented and successful recording artist, but more importantly, effective messengers presenting the Gospel, through Jesus Christ.
Reach Out - 2011
Live At Oak Tree - 2010
No Worries - 2009
Ephesians One - 2008
Best of Karen Peck and New River - 2007
Journey of Joy - 2007
Good To Be Free - 2005
Faith, Hope and Love - 2004
For His Glory - 2003
Triumph - 2001
A Taste of Grace - 2000
Turn It Loose - 1999
Makin' A Difference - 1997
Carry Faith (Karen's 2nd Solo Release) - 1996
Right On Time - 1996
Unlimited - 1995
Live and Unlimited - 1995
Alabama Live - 1994
Daddy's Home - 1993
Restoration - 1992
Karen Peck and New River - 1991
My Father's Words (Karen's 1st Solo Release) - 1989
Top 40 Single Releases:
Why Should I Worry – Number One
Why Can’t all God’s Children Get Along – Number One
Ephesians Chapter One – Number One
I Want To Thank You – Number One
Whispered Prayers – Number One
Hey – Number One
Last Night - Number One
Hold Me While I Cry - Number One
River of Peace - Top 10
Just One Touch - Number One
That's Why They Call It Grace - Top 10
Get About God's Business - Top 10
Rejoice In The Lord - Top 20
Now That You Know - Top 20
I Wanna Know How It Feels - Number One
The Truth Is - Top 10
Four Days Late - Number One
Christian In The House - Top 20
UFO - Top 20
His Tomb Wasn't Empty (It Was Full Of My Sin) - Top 20
Miracle In Every Pew - Top 40
Let Freedom Ring - Top 10
God Says You Can - Top 10
The House That Love Built - Top 40
Little Country Church - Top 20
Ten Thousand Angels - Top 10
God Likes To Work - Number One
Whenever The Wind Blows - Top 10
Last Mile Running - top 20
Daddy's Home - Number One
Rain and Shine - Top 5
God Still Answers Prayer - Top 5
When Jesus Passes By - Number One
Bend In The River - Top 5
He's Sending Miracles - Top 5
Awards and Accolades:
Southern Gospel Album of the Year - “Reach Out”
GMA Dove Awards 2012
Country Song of the Year - “Good Things Are Happening”
GMA Dove Awards 2012
Song of the Year - “On the Banks of the Promised Land” -Absolutely Gospel.Com - 2012
Progressive Song of the Year - “On the Banks of the Promised Land” - Absolutely Gospel.Com - 2012
Mixed Group of the Year - Absolutely Gospel.Com - 2012
Fan Favorite Artist of the Year - Absolutely Gospel.Com - 2012
(Karen Peck Gooch) - Susan Unthank Memorial Award
Absolutely Gospel.Com - 2012
#1 Most Played Artist of the Year - Absolutely Gospel.Com - 2011
#1 Top 100 Songs of 2011 - On the Banks of the Promised Land
Absolutely Gospel.Com - 2011
#22 Top 100 Songs of 2011 - Special Love - Absolutely Gospel.Com - 2011
Progressive Song of the Year - Why Can’t All God’s Children Get Along
Absolutely Gospel Music Awards - 2011
Karen Peck – Favorite Soprano Recipient – Singing News Fan Awards – 11 Consecutive Years
Karen Peck – Favorite Female Vocalist Nominee – Singing News Fan Awards – Several years
Susan Peck – Favorite Alto Nominee – Singing News Fan Awards – 5 Consecutive Years
New River – Favorite Group Nominee – Singing News Fan Awards – 2 Consecutive Years
Favorite Song of the Year Nominee – Singing News Fan Awards – 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2003
New River – Sunrise Award Recipient – Gospel
About the Harper Agency
Over the years, the Harper Agency has taken an active role in marketing gospel music to major concert halls, festival events, churches and state fairs across the country, garnering network television exposure, and have been very instrumental in the development of Christian music events at major theme parks such as Opryland, Six Flags Over Georgia and Dollywood.
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