Who’s On The Stage

Karen Peck Gooch

Over the past two decades, Karen Peck Gooch has become one of the most beloved vocalists in Southern Gospel Music. Her distinctive soprano voice has earned her the respect of industry leaders and fans alike. In May of 1989, Karen married Dahlonega, GA. native, Rickey Gooch, during the same time she was performing with the successful group, The Nelons. A few years later, in 1991, Karen and Rickey, along with Karen’s sister Susan organized New River. With the capable assistance of several other talented musicians and singers, the three developed a first-class group that has earned many honors and accolades. Karen made her film debut in the 2012 Warner Brothers Film, Joyful Noise, featuring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifa. Karen was also in the 2014 Christian film, “Redeemed. ┬áKaren and Rickey make their home in Dahlonega, GA, and have two children, Matthew and Kari.

Susan Peck Jackson

Growing up with her sisters Karen and Sandra, Susan’s earliest recollections include listening to and singing Gospel music. She has fond memories of enjoying the all-night concerts that were so popular in Atlanta during the 1960s. She often dreamed of sharing the concert stage with her sister, and that dream became a reality when she and Karen organized New River with Karen’s husband in 1991. David is founder and owner of Jackson Steel Guitars which was formed in 2006. Susan and David have a son, Joseph. Joseph attends public school where he is involved in football, basketball, and track. During the summer Joseph travels with KPNR. Susan, David, and Joseph make their home in Dahlonega, GA.


Ricky Braddy

Growing up in rural North Carolina, Ricky developed his love for music in the church. Sibling duets, family quartets, and gospel trios were some of his first musical experiences. One of his most notable endeavors was on season 8 of Fox’s hit reality television show, American Idol. He battled his way through tens of thousands of people and ultimately landed a spot in the top 15. After his American Idol experience, Ricky returned to his home in Nashville, TN and began working as a session singer. His voice can be heard singing background vocals on albums for such artists as Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Mandisa, just to name a few. He has also recorded vocals for various Disney projects that are featured at Disney theme parks. The opportunity to return to the music he loves and the passion that drives him has been incredibly fulfilling. Ricky is a graduate of Belmont University with a degree in Vocal Performance. He currently resides in Nashville,Tn.


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