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Karen Peck and New River Sets Record for Southern Gospel Chart

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NEWS SOURCE: Wortman Works
September 5, 2023

NASHVILLE, TENN (September 5th, 2023) – Karen Peck and New River (KPNR) made history this month by setting the all-time record for most #1 singles on the Singing News Magazine’s Top 80 Southern Gospel chart. With 21 #1 hits to their credit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the center of their call, KPNR continues to build on a legacy of excellence which includes GMA Dove Awards, Grammy nominations, Singing News Fan Awards, AGM Awards, high-profile appearances, GMA and SGMA Hall of Fame inductions, and more. Formed in 1991, the group has blossomed in the past decades experimenting with different sounds while staying faithful to their traditional stylings, earning them their rightful place at the forefront of Gospel music.

Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records, stated, “What a thrill it is to have worked with Karen Peck and New River during their career and been a part of the tremendous legacy of Gospel music they are building! TWENTY-ONE #1 songs is a tremendous achievement, and we are humbled that KPNR has set the record for the most #1 songs in Southern Gospel music history.”

Karen Peck stated, “We are beyond grateful to the Lord for giving us, and our wonderful songwriting partners, the inspiration for each of these songs. We appreciate all of the producers, musicians, engineers, studio personnel, and group members for bringing the songs to life. Thanks to our label team partners for working with us to bring the songs to the world. It takes a lot of prayer to choose the right songs for radio. Our Southern Gospel DJ friends have always caught the vision for our music. We are forever thankful for each of them. Most of us have grown up in this industry together. We are all family, and our main goals are to encourage the believers and to win people to Jesus Christ. I love how well things come together when everyone is of one mind and one Spirit and in one accord. Our fans have supported us from Day One! We could not have accomplished this without them. Special thanks to the Singing News Magazine for over 50 years of bringing Southern Gospel music to fans everywhere. We are extremely honored.”

List of #1 songs 

1. Jan 1996 - “God Likes To Work”
2. Dec 2000/Jan 2001 - “Four Days Late”
3. Dec 2006 - “Hold Me While I Cry”
4. Oct 2007 - “Last Night”
5. June 2008 - “Hey”
6. Nov 2008 - “Whispered Prayers”
7. May 2009 - “I Want To Thank You”
8. Dec 2011 - “On The Banks Of The Promised Land”
9. July 2012 - “Mighty Big God”
10. Jan 2014 - “Revival”
11. June 2014 -“Finish Well”
12. Oct 2015 - “Pray Now”
13. Jan 2017 - “Calling”
14.July 2017 - “I Choose Christ”
15.Sept 2018 - “Gotta Be Saved”
16. April 2019 - “I Know I'll Be There”
17. Feb 2021 - “Made Right”
18. Feb 2022 – “The Book”
19. Aug 2022 – “Answer Is Jesus”
20. March 2023 - “The Keepers”
21. Oct 2023 – “Dance”

About Karen Peck and New River:

Six-time Grammy-nominated and eight-time GMA Dove Award-winning Karen Peck and New River has impacted the Gospel music industry for over 30 years after being formed in 1991. In 2018, Karen Peck Gooch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. Karen was also inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2021. In 2022, she was voted Favorite Soprano from The Singing News Fan Awards. 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 Israel, Central America, and Europe. The group is regularly featured on the popular Gaither Homecoming Video Series, which airs worldwide. In 2022, Karen Peck and New River released their latest album titled "2:22." The album garnered the group's sixth Grammy nomination. Hits from this album are currently "The Answer Is Jesus," "The Keepers," and "Dance." Over the years Karen Peck & New River has become a family affair, as Karen and Ricky’s daughter, Kari, as well as their son, Matthew, are full-time group members. In addition to Karen’s sister, Susan, Grant Gibson 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. However, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame member refuses to rest on past laurels. They have been faithfully striving for excellence to make KPNR relevant in today’s society. Collectively, they are more committed than ever to continue to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


About Daywind Records

Daywind Music Group is home to an award-winning roster of Gospel and Bluegrass artists and songwriters including Adam Crabb, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, Appalachian Road Show, Authentic Unlimited, Barry Weeks, Belinda Smith, Blackwood Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Carson Peters & Iron Mountain, Chosen Road, Clint Brown, Crabb Family, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Dave Adkins, Devin McGlamery, Donna Ulisse, Greater Vision, Guardians Quartet, High Road, Jacob Mills, Janice Crow, Jason Cox, Jim & Melissa Brady, Jody Braselton, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, John Darin Rowsey, Jonathon Wilburn, Joseph Habedank, Karen Peck & New River, Karen Peck Gooch, Kim Hopper, Kristy Cox, Lee Black, LeFevre Quartet, Levi Mills, Marty Funderburk, Marty Raybon and Full Circle, Matthew Lawson, Michael Booth, Mike Harland, Natalie Cromwell, Nathan Woodard, The Nelons, Rob Mills, Seth Elbe, The Sound, Southbound, Sue C. Smith, Tennessee Bluegrass Band, Tim Lovelace, Tribute Quartet, TrueSong, Wayne Haun, and more. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors and the Orchard, covering all major physical, digital, and streaming outlets. 


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