Southern style: Karen Peck urges all to pray now

tsj column writers - southern styleBy Randall Franks

In her latest project, my friends Karen Peck & New River are speaking on the power of prayer and the many ways in which it has touched lives.

Pray Now is Karen’s first release since her Dove winner “Revival.” It was produced by Wayne Haun and includes songs written by Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna West, Gerald Crabb, Jason Cox and many more. The first single and title track, “Pray Now,” shipped to radio in March and already charted.

No doubt the most popular mixed trio in gospel music, Karen Peck and New River including also her sister Susan Jackson and Jeff Hawes are a music powerhouse in the music industry. Karen was also recipient of the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, an award given by Absolutely Gospel Music only to women who have excelled in their work in a man’s world. Karen had a feature role in the hit movie “Joyful Noise”, starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. New River’s hit song “Four Days Late” has become a classic in Gospel music.

Accompanying the CD, they also release a new music video “Pray Now” which will warm the hearts of any gospel music fan.

Karen sees the timing of her new song and video as an opportunity to make a difference as tensions are  high in places around our nation. Whether at a flag pole, in a church, in an auditorium, or just together in our hearts the one thing we all need is prayer.

“We have drawn such strength by praying The Lord’s Prayer every day. Let’s bind together and pray for each other, our leaders, and our country. Will you share this video and help us to spread the word of encouragement and hope through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? He answers prayer!!”

With the trial of Karen’s husband, Ricky, undergoing cancer treatment this song and video have touched Karen and her family in a very personal way and it is sure to touch you wherever you are in life.

This timely message resonates with a world searching for hope and encouragement that can only be found in the Lord.

“It amazes me how at times God provides the perfect message through song in such a way that we can’t deny it’s His doing,” said Scott Godsey, VP & Director of A&R at Daywind Records.

Pray Now is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets.

(Randall Franks is an award-winning musician, singer and actor. He is best known for his role as “Officer Randy Goode” on TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” now on WGN America. His latest CD release, “Mississippi Moon,” is by Crimson Records. He is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. His latest book is “Encouragers I : Finding the Light.” He is a syndicated columnist for and can be reached at

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