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Group Biography

The voice of Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Karen Peck Gooch is unmistakable. Karen, with her popular trio New River, has enjoyed five Grammy Award nominations, as well as six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. It is safe to say that the Dahlonega, GA, native and her musical family are living their dream.

The musical team of Karen Peck & New River was formed in January of 1991 when Karen teamed with her husband, Rickey and her sister, Susan Peck Jackson to form the group. Karen had already made a name for herself, serving as beloved Soprano for the popular Rex Nelon Singers for a decade. During that time she earned her first GMA Dove Award, as well as her first of 11 consecutive Singing News Fan Awards for Favorite Soprano.

Much success has followed the popular vocalist since the formation of Karen Peck & New River. Over the years, the musical team has shared the Gospel through song around the world, traveling throughout the US and Canada, as well as Mexico, Honduras, Israel and Europe. The group is regularly featured on the popular Gaither Homecoming Video Series, which airs around the world.

A leader among the Southern Gospel Music industry, Karen has served on the Board of Directors for Abraham Productions, an events’ promotions company that promotes multiple Christian music cruises and concert events each year. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Gospel Music Association, including two terms as President. She was the first woman to be named President of the SGMA. Additionally, she has served as keynote speaker at multiple women’s conferences, and in 2012 was named the recipient of the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, presented by AbsolutelyGospel.com, honoring women for major contributions to Southern Gospel Music. Karen also serves as co-host of the weekly television program, Gospel Music, USA, which showcases many of the leading names in Southern Gospel Music.

In 2012, Karen was afforded the opportunity to transition from music to movies when she enjoyed a feature role in the hit film, Joyful Noice, appearing with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. She was the lead singer on the popular song from the movie soundtrack, “Mighty High.” In 2014, she followed up the appearance with a role in Redeemed, staring Ted McGinley, Grant Goodeve and Teri Copley.

Amid the personal success Karen has enjoyed, New River has been equally blessed with countless honors and accolades, including many radio hits, which have soared up the Southern Gospel Music airplay charts. Karen Peck & New River has enjoyed 19 Number One hits, including Four Days Late, which was named Song of the Decade for 2000-2010 by The Singing News Magazine. Many of these hit releases were either written or co-written by Karen, including “Daddy’s Home,” “I Am Blessed,” “I Wanna Know How It Feels,”  “Finish Well,” “Pray Now,” “Gotta Be Saved,” “On The Banks Of The Promised Land,” “Revival,” as well as “Hope For The Nations,” which the group performed in Roatan, Honduras in the summer of 2017.

Over the years Karen Peck & New River has evolved to become a complete family affair, as Karen and Rickey’s daughter, Kari, as well as their son, Matthew are full-time group members. In addition to Karen’s sister, Susan, Grant Gibson, the newest addition, completes the talented vocal group.

Karen Peck & New River has evolved throughout the past three decades, and has firmly established a place at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music, yet the Gospel Music Hall of Fame member refuses to rest on past laurels. New River continues to deliver a progressive sound that is distinctive yet remains true to the traditional styling that has made them a fan favorite. Collectively, they are more committed than ever to continue to share the message of the Gospel through song and yes, it is safe to say that Karen Peck & New River is committed to living their dream.

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Website: karenpeckandnewriver.com
Label: Daywind Records

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Whispered Prayers
Hold Me While I Cry
I Want To Thank You

Discography:

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

  • Favorite Female Vocalist-Karen Peck Gooch
    Absolutely Gospel Music Awards - 2011

  • Favorite Mixed Group - KPNR - Absolutely Gospel Music Awards - 2011

  • Favorite Fan Award - KPNR - Absolutely Gospel Music Awards - 2011

  • Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Album - Live At Oak Tree
    Grammy Award Nomination - 2011

  • #1 Song of the Decade - Four Days Late - Singing News Magazine - 2010

  • #10 Song of the Decade - I Wanna Know How It Feels”
    Singing News Magazine - 2010

  • Fan Favorite Artist of the Year – KPNR – SGN Music Awards – 2010

  • Song of the Year – I Want To Thank You – SGN Music Awards - 2010

  • Progressive Southern Album – No Worries – SGN Music Awards – 2010

  • Country Song – I Want To Thank You – SGN Music Awards - 2010

  • Favorite Trio – KPNR - SGM FanFair Fan Awards – 2009, 2008, 2007

  • Album of the Year – Ephesians One – Diamond Awards – 2009

  • Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album Nominee –
    Ephesians One – Grammy Awards – 2009

  • Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year – Hey – SGN Music Awards – 2009

  • Favorite Female Vocalist – Karen Peck Gooch –
    SGM FanFair Fan Awards – 2009

  • Mixed Group of the Year – KPNR – SGN Music Awards – 2009

  • Song of the Year – Whispered Prayers – Diamond Awards – 2009

  • Susan Peck Jackson – Favorite Alto – SGM FanFair Fan Awards – 2008

  • Favorite Song – Last Night – SGM FanFair Fan Awards – 2008

  • Progressive Southern Album – Journey of Joy – SGN Music Awards – 2008

  • Progressive Southern Song – Last Night – SGN Music Awards – 2008

  • Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album Nominee
    Journey of Joy – Grammy Awards – 2008

  • Hold Me While I Cry - Song of the Year – SG Fan Awards – 2007

  • Karen Peck Gooch -Favorite Soprano – SG Fan Awards – 2007

  • Susan Peck Jackson -Favorite Alto – SG Fan Awards – 2007

  • Trio of the Year – SG Fan Awards – 2007

  • Trio of the Year – SGN Scoops Diamond Awards – 2004, 2005

  • Karen Peck Gooch – Favorite Soprano – US Gospel News Fan Awards – 2005

  • Progressive Southern Album – Good To Be Free – SGN Music Awards – 2006

  • Song of the Year Nominee – Get About God’s Business –
    Southern Gospel Music Awards – 2005

  • Favorite Trio Nominee – Southern Gospel Music Award – 2005

  • Progressive Song of the Year – That’s Why They Call It Grace –
    Southern Gospel News Music Award – 2004

  • Song of the Year Nominee – That’s Why They Call It Grace
    Harmony Awards – 2004

  • Karen Peck Gooch – Female Vocalist of the Year – Southern Gospel Music Guild – Harmony Awards – 2004, 2005, 2006

  • Four Days Late – Song of the Year – Singing News Fan Awards – 2001

  • Song of the Year Nominee – Dove Awards – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

  • Album of the Year Nominee – Dove Awards – 2001, 2003

  • Song of the Year Nominee – SGMA Awards – 2001, 2002

  • Trio of the Year Nominee – SGMA Awards – 2001, 2002

  • Karen Peck – Favorite Female Vocalist – SGMA – 2002

  • 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