Karen Peck and New River
Karen Peck and New River is a 2-time GMA Dove Award winner and 3-time Grammy Award Nominated 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 two years, New River has had five consecutive #1 songs in Southern Gospel Music.
No doubt, that same message of hope and encouragement continues to flow through the lips and lives of Karen Peck & New River with their Daywind release, Ephesians One, released in September 2008. The album, featuring #1 song "I Want To Thank You", 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 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.
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.
2011 brought the release of their current album, "Reach Out." 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. Accordingly, Karen Peck and New River was selected as Top Played Artist for 2011 (absolutelygospel.com), and their current release, "Mighty Big God," is currently at #2. "Reach Out" received 2 GMA Dove Awards, including Country Song of the Year "Good Things Are Happening" and Southern Gospel Album of the Year.
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.