Karen Peck and New River

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Karen Peck and New River
Origin Gainesville, Georgia, United States
Genres Southern gospel
Years active 1991–present
Labels Daywind
Associated acts The Nelons
Website www.karenpeckandnewriver.com
Members Karen Peck-Gooch, soprano
Susan Peck-Jackson, Alto
Jeff Hawes, Tenor

Karen Peck and New River is a southern gospel trio based in Gainesville, Georgia.

Music career[edit]

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 Jeff Hawes. Additionally, Karen’s husband, Rickey, serves as the group’s road manager and sound technician. Susan’s husband, David, is the founder and owner of the Jackson Steel Guitar Company.

Karen Peck and New River have garnered 11 Favorite Soprano Fan Awards from the readers of The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication. Karen and group have also received many awards from other magazine publications and Internet publications. They have had five consecutive No. 1 songs in southern gospel music.

The group have appeared on such prestigious stages as The Grand Ole Opry, The Gaither Homecoming concerts, Opryland Theme Park, Dollywood and Six Flags Over Georgia, New River. Over the past decade, they have been featured on many television networks, with appearances on programs such as TBN’s Praise The Lord, and the Grand Ole Opry Live. The group has enjoyed many honors and accolades.

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 No. 1 songs: “Hey”, “Last Night”, and “Whispered Prayers”. A few of their other popular hits include: "Why Can't All God's Children Get Along", "I Want to Thank You", “Hold Me While I Cry”, “Just One Touch”, “I Wanna Know How It Feels”, “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.

In September 2008, Daywind released Ephesians One. The album, featured the No. 1 song “I Want To Thank You”, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. In 2009, Daywind released their album "No Worries, and in 2010, the DVD/CD "Live at Oake Tree" was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award (their third Grammy nomination). July 2011 brought the release of "Reach Out". “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 heart string, 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.”

Members[edit]

  • Karen Peck Gooch (born March 12, 1960), soprano, 1991–present
  • Susan Peck Jackson (born February 4, 1957), alto (Karen's sister) 1991–present
  • David White (tenor) 1991–1993, 1994–1999
  • Eric Morris (tenor) 1993–1994
  • John Rowsey (tenor) 1999–2002
  • Jason Jackson (tenor) 2002–2004
  • Paul Lancaster (tenor) 2004
  • Devin McGlamery (tenor) 2004–2009
  • Jeff Hawes (tenor) 2010–present

Discography[edit]

  • 1991: Karen Peck and New River
  • 1992: Restoration
  • 1993: Daddy's Home
  • 1994: Alabama Live
  • 1995: Live and Unlimited
  • 1996: Right on Time
  • 1997: Makin' a Difference
  • 1999: Turn It Loose
  • 2000: A Taste of Grace
  • 2001: Triumph
  • 2003: For His Glory
  • 2004: Faith, Hope, & Love
  • 2005: Good to Be Free
  • 2006: Carry Faith (Karen Peck solo)
  • 2007: Journey of Joy
  • 2008: Ephesians One
  • 2009: No Worries
  • 2010: Live at Oak Tree
  • 2011: Reach Out

Compilations[edit]

  • 2000: A Southern Gospel Decade
  • 2007: The Best of Karen Peck and New River

Singles[edit]

Singing News Magazine Top 40 Singles
  • 1992: "Why Can't All God's Children Get Along" #2
  • 1993: "God Answers Prayer" #4
  • 1993: "Rain & Shine" #2
  • 1993: "When Jesus Passes By" #2
  • 1993: "Whenever the Wind Blows" #22
  • 1994: "Daddy's Home" #6
  • 1994: "He's Sending Miracles" #6
  • 1995: "God Likes to Work" #1
  • 1996: "Ten Thousand Angels Cried" #13
  • 1999: "Christian in the House" #33
  • 1999: "UFO" #19
  • 2001: "Four Days Late" #1
  • 2001: "The Truth Is" #24
  • 2002: "I Wanna Know How It Feels" #3
  • 2003: "Now That You Know" #14
  • 2003: "Rejoice In the Lord" #27
  • 2004: "That's Why They Call It Grace" #6
  • 2005: "Get About God's Business" #11
  • 2005: "Just One Touch" #3
  • 2006: "River of Peace" #8
  • 2006: "Hold Me While I Cry" #1
  • 2007: "Last Night" #1
  • 2008: "Hey" #1
  • 2008: "Whispered Prayers" #1
  • 2009: "I Want to Thank You" #1
  • 2009: "Ephesians Chapter One" #9
  • 2010: "Why Can't All God's Children Get Along" #2
  • 2010: "Why Should I Worry" #4
  • 2011: "On the Banks of the Promised Land" #1
  • 2011: "Special Love" #8
  • 2012: "Mighty Big God" #1
  • 2012: "Good Things Are Happening" #2
  • 2013: "Sustaining Grace" #8
  • 2014: "Revival" #1
  • 2014: "Finish Well" #1
  • 2014: "Everybody's Going Through Something" #5

Awards[edit]

Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Award

  • 2013: Song of the Year – "Mighty Big God"
  • 2013: Album of the Year – How You Walk the Miles (Karen Peck solo recording)
  • 2012: Susan Unthank Memorial Award – Karen Peck Gooch
  • 2012: Song of the Year – "On the Banks of the Promised Land"
  • 2012: Mixed Group of the Year
  • 2012: Progressive Song of the Year – "On the Banks of the Promised Land"
  • 2012: Fan Favorite Artist of the Year
  • 2011: Mixed Group of the Year
  • 2011: Female Vocalist of the Year
  • 2011: Fan Favorite Artist of the Year
  • 2011: Progressive Song of the Year – "Why Can't All God's Children Get Along"
  • 2010: Country Song of the Year – "I Want to Thank You"
  • 2010: Song of the Year – "I Want to Thank You"
  • 2010: Progressive Album of the Year – No Worries
  • 2010: Fan Favorite Artist of the Year
  • 2009: Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year – "Hey"
  • 2008: Progressive Song of the Year – "Last Night"
  • 2008: Progressive Album of the Year – Journey of Joy
  • 2006: Progressive Album of the Year – Good To Be Free
  • 2004: Progressive Song of the Year – “That's Why They Call It Grace”
  • 2003: Female Vocalist of the Year
  • 2002: Song of the Year – “Four Days Late”
  • 2002: Progressive Song of the Year – “Four Days Late”

Singing News Fan Awards

  • Favorite Soprano for 11 Consecutive Years
  • Favorite Female Vocalist for 18 Consecutive Years

Diamond Awards

  • 1992: Sunrise Award Recipient
  • 2005: Trio of the Year
  • 2009: Song of the Year – “Whispered Prayers”
  • 2009: Album of the Year – Ephesians One
  • 2009: Mixed Group of the Year

Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair Awards

  • Female Vocalist of the Year – 2004, 2005, 2006
  • 2009: Trio of the Year
  • 2009: Favorite Soprano
  • 2007: Favorite Soprano
  • 2007: Favorite Alto – Susan Peck Jackson
  • 2007: Song of the Year – "Hold Me While I Cry"
  • 2007: Trio of the Year
  • 2002: Female Vocalist of the Year
  • 2001: Song of the year – "Four Days Late"

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