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Karen Peck Gooch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2018. She was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2021. Karen served two terms (2009-2011) as the first woman president of the Southern Gospel Music Association. In 2012, she landed a role in a major film (Joyful Noise) that featured Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. Later she had a role in the Pure Flix movie Redeemed. She has an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Divinity from Toccoa Falls College. Karen is a co-host for the popular tv show Gospel Music USA. She serves on the Board of Directors for Abraham Productions.
Karen is married to Rickey Gooch and has two children: Daughter Kari, son Matthew, daughter-in-law Preslee, and grand-daughter Isla Grace. They make their home in Dahlonega, Ga.

Karen enjoys writing songs, playing the piano, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.



Susan Peck Jackson is one of the original members of KPNR. She was voted Favorite Alto from SG Fan Awards in 2007 and 2008. She has garnered several awards nominations over the past three decades.
Her husband, David Jackson, is the founder and owner of Jackson Steel Guitar ( which was formed in 2006. They have a son, Joseph Jackson and reside in Dahlonega, Ga.
Susan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and collecting Hallmark Christmas ornaments.


Matthew is a graduate of Liberty University Online. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Minors in History, Biblical Studies, and Christian Ministries. He has been playing guitar for KPNR since 2010. Matthew serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Sea Walker Media.
Matt and his wife, Preslee, own and operate a coffee roastery known as Solid Ground Coffee. 
He enjoys playing guitar, experiencing different coffees from around the world, and watching movies with his wife and daughter, Isla Grace. They reside in Dahlonega, Ga. 



Kari Gooch, of Dahlonega, GA, is a recent graduate of Liberty University Online College with a major in in Psychology-Christian Counseling and a minor in International Studies. Since the tender age of 3-weeks, Kari began traveling with her family, the multi-GRAMMY nominated and GMA/DOVE Award winning group, Karen Peck & New River.
As a young teenager she began managing the group merchandise table when she oversaw everything from product development and inventory to customer service. At age 16, it was apparent that Kari had a special vocal talent. Over the past few years, she can be seen on stage across the country and beyond. With such a prevalent touring schedule, Kari has developed a true love for travel. She also serves as a Cosmetologist on her days off from the road.
Most of all, Kari desires God’s perfect will for her life. She plans to follow His voice no matter what the future brings.


Originally from Jasper, Al., Grant has been in the gospel music industry for several years. Grant has a bachelors degree in Broadcast Communications from Liberty University. He spent 6 years with the renowned 11th Hour from La. He joined KPNR in 2018. Grant is well-loved within the southern gospel community.  

Grant, his wife, Susannah, and son, Oliver, reside in Dahlonega, Ga.

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