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.
“ 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. “