Karen Peck and New River is a 3-time Grammy Award Nominated and 2-time GMA Dove Award Winning Southern Gospel Group. 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 Jeff have also received many awards from other magazine publications and Internet publications. Over the past four years, New River has had six consecutive #1 songs in Southern Gospel Music. In addition,
their current single, REVIVAL, is the #1 song in the nation for January 2014.
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 current release, “Good Things Are Happening” is quickly rising to the top of the charts.
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 Jeff Hawes. 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, is the group’s product manager and multi-media coordinator, 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.
The Down East Boys' name is synonymous with gospel music. For over twenty-five years, this quartet has traveled from coast to coast, and in Canada and Mexico. Starting in eastern North Carolina, this group quickly established themselves as an up-and-coming
artist with great potential. In 1990, the group was honored with
the Singing News Fan Award for Horizon Group of the Year. Shortly after, with the demand for the group on the rise, the group began their journey into a full time ministry, traveling over 200 days and
performing 180 concerts per year. In 1994, founding member and owner Sherrell Futral retired from the road, and 21-year-old lead singer. Ricky Carden took over as owner and manager.
In the years to come, the group would be afforded the opportunity to work with several of the affiliate evangelists of the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association, including Franklin Graham, Ralph Bell
and Jim Wilson.The group also began working for the Southern Baptist Convention, performing at many state evangelism conferences around the country.
In their twenty-five years of travel, the group has recorded twenty-one projects with over thirty top forty songs for gospel music to their
credit. There latest recording, Amen, was released in November 2011 to rave reviews. Chris White, owner of their record label,
Sonlite Records, states "I have seen this group from the very
beginning, and I feel this is their best work to date. Every song
has a powerful message, heartfelt delivery and great vocal
Ricky Carden, owner and manager of the group, states, "This project is truly a work from our heart. Our goal has always been to choose songs that would encourage and challenge the Christian, while also reaching out to the lost, and pointing people to the cross, so that Jesus might be lifted up. If we fail to do this we have failed in our
Group members are vital to any ministry and The Down East Boys are blessed with a great group of men who love what they do and believe they have a calling on there lives.
Ricky Carden, group owner and manager, has been a part of the Down East Boys for twenty-one years. In that time, he
has guided the group through the ups and downs of ministry and held true to the challenge to reach unto all the world and share the gospel.
Daryl Paschal joined the group in 2006. He was nominated as
Horizon Individual of the Year in 2006 by readers of the Singing News, Gospel Music's largest print publication. He has become one of the most recognized baritone singers in the industry.
Newest member. Tony Jarman joined the group in January of 2011 and became an instant hit with people all over the country.
After earlier stints with Phil Cross and Poet Voices, Legacy Five, and The Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet, Jarman retired from the road life and began working for Dr. Jerry Falwell and Liberty University.
Tony possesses one of the most powerful tenor voices in Gospel music. His delivery of a song is truly anointed and his passion for Christ is shown in every note.
In the past 25 years, the Down East Boys have been afforded many
great accolades. But in the end, beyond all the success, you will
find four men dedicated to serving Christ. Using their talents to
encourage people and reach the lost is truly real success.
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