Karen Peck & New River have secured their ninth GMA Dove Award, winning the Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for their single, “The Keepers,” at the 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The event, celebrating the influence of Christian/Gospel music around the world, took place on October 17th.
“The Keepers” is a tribute to individuals who embody the spirit of Jesus by selflessly serving others without seeking recognition. The song inspires all generations to be ‘keepers,’ embracing the idea of caring for one another.
Karen Peck, while accepting the prestigious award, expressed her gratitude, highlighting the power of faith, inspiration, and collaboration that brought “The Keepers” to life. She acknowledged the inspirational message delivered by Pastor Calvin Ray Evans, which served as the foundation for the song. She also recognized her co-writers, Tony Wood and Mitch Wong, for their contributions, as well as producer Wayne Haun for effectively conveying the song’s message. Karen Peck & New River also expressed their appreciation for their record company, Daywind Records, for their unwavering support. Karen Peck reflected on the 32-year journey of KPNR and their commitment to creating music with purpose and relevance.
Dusty Wells, director of artists and repertoire for Daywind Music Group, expressed his excitement and gratitude for the recognition of “The Keepers” as the Southern Gospel Song of the Year. The song, featured on the GRAMMY and Dove-nominated best-selling project “2:22,” has touched countless lives, resonating with listeners who appreciate the importance of the ‘keepers’ in their lives.