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Karen Peck & New River nab first career Dove Awards

Karen Peck-Gooch, Susan Peck-Jackson and Jeff Hawes, aka Karen Peck & New River, won their first two Dove Awards on Thursday. Photo credit: Raymond Hagans

Karen Peck-Gooch, Susan Peck-Jackson and Jeff Hawes, aka Karen Peck & New River, won their first two Dove Awards on Thursday. Photo credit: Raymond Hagans

Congrats to Karen Peck & New River who snagged their first-ever Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year for ”Good Things Are Happening.”

Backstage, an effervescent Peck talked about her experience in “Joyful Noise,” the Queen Latifah-Dolly Parton film released earlier this year: “From the very first experience it was great. I was pleasantly surprised by how down-to-earth the cast members were. It was one of the highlights of my career.”

But, she was quick to add, this inagurual Dove — hard to believe it’s the first given Peck’s 21-year career as a Southern gospel star — was on the group’s bucket list.

“We are living proof that some things don’t happen overnight.”

During the main ceremony, Peck and the group won a second Dove for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for “Reach Out,” about an hour after Peck helped open the show with what was billed as a tribute to Whitney Houston, singing “I Go to the Rock,” which Houston sang on ”The Preacher’s Wife” soundtrack, with Crystal Lewis, Angie Stone and Yolanda Adams.

Karen Peck helped open the Dove Awards. Photo credit: Raymond Hagans

Karen Peck helped open the Dove Awards. Photo credit: Raymond Hagans

“ I was such a huge fan of hers,” Peck said. The first time I heard her on the radio was in the ’80s and I heard her singing ‘How Will I Know’ and I was like, oh my who is that? I went and bought that album and to this day it’s one of my favorites. “

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YoungerThan ThatNow

April 19th, 2012
10:26 pm

From her days with Uncle Alphus LeFevre and later with Rex Nelon… both Atlanta based, southern gospel icons… Karen has always been just a down to earth country girl who knew where her blessings and talent came from. She’s become somewhat of an icon herself, and those of us who know her couldn’t be happier for her Dove wins!

Congratulations Karen & New River!!