IvanParker3  NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Multi award-winning Southern Gospel artist Ivan Parker—one of the genre’s leading male vocalists for more than three decades—has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Difference Media, it was recently announced. Parker’s highly anticipated debut for the label, to be produced by industry veteran Garry Jones, is slated for a July release.

“I am delighted and honored to welcome one of America’s most celebrated soloists, Ivan Parker, to the Difference Media family,” said Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church. “Ivan will be joining us on the road in Branson, Missouri, April 28 and 29 and can also be seen hosting his show, ‘Timeless Gospel,’ on”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Difference Media family,” Parker said. “I have watched Difference grow in the last few years into one of the leading new labels in our industry, and it will be a privilege to call Canton Junction, The Hagees, and Aaron & Amanda Crabb my labelmates. I can hardly wait to begin working on the new project with my old friend, Garry Jones.”

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