Karen Peck and New River Lands a Stellar 7 Singing News Fan Award Nominations

  Group Announces 2017 Christian Music Nights

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – (March 23, 2017) –  Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning family group Karen Peck & New River  received news this week of seven Top 10 nominations in the 2017 Singing News Fan Awards. New River landed spots in multiple categories including Favorite Song (for “Calling”), Favorite Artist, Favorite Soprano and Songwriter (for Karen Peck Gooch), Favorite Alto (for Susan Peck Jackson) and Favorite Mixed Group. In addition, Kari Gooch landed a spot among the Top 10 Favorite Young Artist nominees.

“We are absolutely thrilled and honored for the Singing News Fan Award nominations,” responded Karen Peck Gooch. “It is such a blessing to be a part of this wonderful, amazing Southern Gospel community. This year, KPNR is celebrating 26 years of ministry. We are very thankful to everyone who voted for us. We pray that our music will always bring light and encouragement to your life.”

The group is also excited to announce its 2017 homecoming – Christian Music Nights. Karen Peck & New River will continue its annual tradition of hosting Christian Music Nights on Father’s Day weekend. This year it will fall on Friday, June 16, 2017 and Saturday, June 17, 2017 and take place at New River Park in Dahlonega, Georgia.

In addition to New River, Christian Music Nights will feature Grammy-nominated bluegrass favorites The Isaacs and on Fridayevening. Dove Award winners Brian Free & Assurance and the Wilmington Celebration Choir will join New River as special guests on Saturday night. In addition, the New River band will accompany Karen Peck & New River as in years past.

Karen Peck Gooch said, “Every year, we look forward to having people come to our home in Dahlonega. We built a stage that looks like an old church which makes our place have a sweet down home setting. We are inviting everyone to join us Father’s Day weekend for a wonderful time of music and fellowship. We promise you will be blessed!”

It was also recently announced that New River would join The Isaacs on the group’s first tour of the Holy Land. New River is excited to invite all of their friends, family, and fans to join them on this amazing 10-day event. The all-inclusive trip will take place from July 17-26, 2017. New River and The Isaacs have teamed up with Inspiration Cruises & Tours to offer a deluxe trip of a lifetime. The price includes beautiful hotels in Israel and all meals, tips, taxes, site entry fees, and much more.

More information on this once-in-a-lifetime trip and this year’s Christian Music Nights, visit New River’s site at or the Inspiration website at and tell them you want Karen Peck and New River to be your host to the Holy Land.

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