The award-winning group known as Karen Peck and New River was born out of a long-standing love for powerful gospel music. 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 to all-night sings in Atlanta, where the music left an indelible mark on their hearts. The sisters made a pact that someday they would share a musical ministry of their own.
Among the renowned groups featured at those Atlanta concerts, Karen’s favorite was The Lefevres, who later became known as The Nelons. It would be a mild understatement to say that she had aspirations of singing with this talented family someday. And in 1981, that dream became 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 endearing personality.
In 1991, the realization of another dream came to pass when Karen, her sister, Susan, and Karen’s husband Rickey, organized the musical entourage we now know as Karen Peck and New River. Since that time, Karen Peck and New River has become a 4-time Grammy Award nominated group with 4 GMA Dove Awards and more than 15 number one hits on Southern Gospel charts.
Karen’s delightful soprano voice has won 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. The group has been featured on numerous television networks, and have appeared on such prestigious stages as The Grand Ole Opry, The Gaither Homecoming stage, Opryland Theme Park, Dollywood and Six Flags Over Georgia.
Today, New River is a complete family affair that includes Karen, Susan, Ricky Braddy, Karen’s husband, Rickey, who serves as the group’s road manager and sound technician, Karen and Rickey’s son, Matthew, on guitar, and their daughter, Kari, who sings and is the group’s product manager.
Karen Peck and New River are passionate about communicating the Good News of Jesus with excellence and credibility. The group’s music blends their Southern Gospel roots with country, as well as progressive musical styling that gives them a sound all their own.
Learn more about Karen Peck and New River at their website: www.karenpeckandnewriver.com.