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Arts & Entertainment Karen Peck and New River and The Kingsmen in concert Friday

Karen Peck and New RiverKaren Peck and New River, an award-winning Southern Gospel group from Gainesville, Ga., and The Kingsmen Quartet, a Southern Gospel quartet out of Asheville, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 each.

Karen Peck made the decision to share her ministry through music as a child. She sang with The Nelons for 10 years, and in 1991, Karen and her sister, Susan, along with Karen’s husband, Rickey, formed the group, Karen Peck and New River. Rickey now serves as the group’s manager and Jeff Hawes completes the vocal trio. The group has performed worldwide, making stops at The Grand Ole Opry and at Gaither Homecoming concerts. They have received many awards, including two Dove Awards, and have been nominated for three Grammys. Their hits include, “Why Can’t All God’s Children Get Along?,” and “I Want to Thank You.”

The KingsmenThe Kingsmen have won multiple Singing News Fan Awards and have received many Grammy and Dove Award nominations. In 2000, they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2007, they were welcomed into The Christian Music Hall of Fame, and in 2008, they were added to the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame. Their legacy spans a five-decade career of uplifting listeners with their unique style. Their pure, passionate, solid, and true hits include, “Sweet Beulah Land,” and “Wish You Were Here.”

To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to or call (866)273-4615.

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