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Karen Peck Gooch was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018. She served two terms (2009-2011) as the first woman president of the Southern Gospel Music Association. In 2012, Karen 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 is married to Rickey Gooch and has two children: Daughter Kari, son Matthew, and his wife Preslee are full-time members of Karen Peck and New River. 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.


Matt and his wife Preslee own and operate a coffee roastery called Solid Ground Coffee. He enjoys playing guitar, experiencing different coffees from around the world, and watching movies with his wife.


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 and for the past six 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. Since graduating from college, she plans to continue traveling with KPNR.


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 nine years. Grant has a bachelors degree from Liberty University. Grant is going into his second year with KPNR and looking forward to many more.


After recently getting engaged to Susannah Bearinger the two will soon marry and will reside in Dahlonega, Ga.

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