Ivan Parker Artist Profile | Biography And Discography | NewReleaseToday

View Photos (0) | Add Photos/Galleries NEW


Discography



ADVERTISEMENT

Artist Links
[edit]

  • Official Website



    Music Videos



    Latest News
    Ivan Parker Returns to Roots with Nostalgic 'Feels Like Home'
    (Friday, July 12, 2019)
    Ivan Parker Proclaims 'He'll Do It Again'
    (Thursday, January 24, 2019)
    Ivan Parker is 'Christmas Dreaming' October 5
    (Friday, September 07, 2018)
    Ivan Parker Celebrates 'Sunday Mornin' Country' with Family, Friends and Musical Legends
    (Wednesday, June 14, 2017)
    Ivan Parker Joins Legendary Lineup for 'Sunday Mornin' Country'
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017)
    Ivan Parker Returns to Top 5 of Billboard Video Chart
    (Thursday, March 09, 2017)
    Ivan Parker Debuts Deeply Personal 'Mama's Rocking Chair' At Southern Gospel Radio
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016)
    Ivan Parker is 'Dancing in the Rain'
    (Thursday, June 30, 2016)
    ARTIST PROFILE
    Ivan Parker
    Views 20670 Views | CommentsComments [edit]
     
    #171 Become A Fan Leave A Comment
    Artist Ranking
    Top 20 | All Artists
    Become
    A Fan
    Leave
    A Comment
     

    A wise person once said, "The future builds on the foundation of the past." Throughout his life, celebrated soloist Ivan Parker has understood the importance of looking to the future, while never forgetting where he came from.

    Growing up a preacher's kid in Eastern North Carolina, Ivan developed a natural love for Southern Gospel music. Renowned today for his velvety-smooth baritone, Ivan's career began in a musically formidable decade--the 1970s--as he embarked on a journey that would lead him around the world, from New York's Carnegie Hall to Johannesburg's Mosaiek Theatre.

    After an early stint with the Singing Americans, Ivan joined Gospel Music Hall of Famers Gold City. During his decade- long tenure with the legendary quartet, they garnered seven Singing News Favorite Group Awards, 19 Top 10 hits and a GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. But it was the group's megahit, "Midnight Cry," which would become Ivan's signature song, one he still proudly performs at every concert.

    Now marking 25 years in solo ministry, Ivan is among the most lauded names in gospel music today. He has performed at hundreds of Gaither Homecoming events and appeared in 32 bestselling Gaither Homecoming videos, including The Best of Ivan Parker, which soared to #2 on Billboard's video chart. He has also garnered 31 Singing News Fan Awards, including 14 for Favorite Male Vocalist, and has recorded 17 solo albums.

    His latest Difference Media release, Feels Like Home, finds Ivan reaching back in time to reclaim 11 beloved gospel standards. The 1970s may have been the era of rotary phones, shag carpet, 8- tracks and The Brady Bunch, but for Ivan, the decade was a time of significant growth. He graduated from high school and married the love of his life, Teresa, and along the way, he encountered some powerful songs that helped shape who he would become.

    Ivan was reminded of that not long ago while looking through his mother's record collection. "My mother recently moved into an assisted living facility and going through the things in her home brought back a lot of memories," he says. "My brother Danny and I started looking at her LPs from the '70s and going, 'Oh, man--I'd forgotten about this one,' and 'Wow, I remember listening to this one nonstop.'"

    Enlisting the production prowess of longtime friend and fellow Gold City alum Garry Jones, Feels Like Home is indeed a homecoming of sorts for Ivan. "This music came from an era when we were growing up in church," Ivan says. "These are wonderful songs that inspired us to do what we're doing--they made us want to sing."
     
    It's no wonder, with lyrics written by such giants as Dottie Rambo, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Andraé Crouch, Mosie Lister and Dallas Holm, among a who's who of gospel music's biggest names. And in keeping with the nostalgic theme, Garry's thoughtful, rich arrangements uniquely pay homage to the history of the songs. "Ivan is such a seasoned artist--seasoned in terms of his craft--that he has the innate ability to deliver a song unlike most that I've worked with," Garry shares. "He bonds with the song, and the song becomes secondary to who he is."

    The laid-back shuffle of the Bill & Gloria Gaither-penned album opener, "Feeling At Home In The Presence Of Jesus," begins Ivan's walk down memory lane. "Bill had us do this song at a Homecoming concert one night several years ago," recalls Ivan, "and I pulled out a piece of paper and wrote down the title. I knew at some point I would record it."

    "Feeling At Home In The Presence Of Jesus" effortlessly segues into Ivan's rendition of one of the biggest country/gospel crossover hits of the 20th century. "Why Me," written and originally recorded by Kris Kristofferson, topped the charts in 1973 and has been covered by the likes of Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and Willie Nelson. Ivan's "Why Me" is a tender piano ballad masterfully underscoring the song's humble plea for the Lord's grace.

    "A lot of Christians can relate to it, because none of us are worthy of the grace and mercy that we have," Ivan says of the message of "Why Me." "Sometimes you sit there and go, 'Why me, Lord? Why did You pick me?' It was relevant when it was a hit in the 1970s, and it's just as relevant today ."

    "His Hand In Mine" is another personal favorite for Ivan. "One of my heroes was Jake Hess, and I loved to hear him sing this Mosie Lister song. It's a comforting song for me, and Garry really put a special touch on it. The upright bass and soft snare brush are so relaxing."

    Feels Like Home showcases two selections from the late Grammy and Dove Award-winning Gospel Music Hall of Famer Dottie Rambo. "I Just Came To Talk With You Lord" and "The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me" are a nod to the early years of Ivan's musical journey. "Dottie's songs are a different brand of gospel song," he explains. "She didn't just write a song; she lived the message of it. Her lyrics are very real, and they're written about the things everyday people experience."

    The world-renowned Andraé Crouch classic "Through It All" meaningfully bookends an album so steeped in history. "It's such a great ministry song," Ivan says. "No matter what you're facing today, you know God's got His hand on you and He's directing your path."

    Ivan Parker may have long since given away his leisure suits and 8-track tapes, but the songs of gospel music's golden era will forever live in his heart. Indelibly influencing who he is--from his formative years with Gold City to his place today as one of the genre's most beloved voices-- these are the songs that guide Ivan home and help him remember who he is.

    "In today's hectic world, sometimes you just need something that soothes the mind and lets some things heal," Ivan concludes. "That's what this music does for me--there's some healing involved. It's been great to be able to bring these songs back and give them a fresh touch. I think it's important we honor such beloved songs today and not let them be forgotten."

    Entry last edited by KevinMcNeese_NRT on 09.04.19
    Return To Artist Database




    Latest NRTeam Fans
    Ivan Parker Has 7 Fans | View All | Become A Fan

         
         
       
         


    NRTeam Artist Comments (0)
    Add Your Review    Join The NRTeam
     
      Showing comments 1 through 10 of 0  

    Christian Music, Facebook Christian Music, Twitter Christian Music, YouTube Christian Music, Instagram

    ADVERTISEMENTS

    Christian Music

    ©2019 NewReleaseToday
    A Division Of NRT Media Inc.

    Secure
    CHRISTIAN MUSIC

    Discover New Artists
    New This Week
    Coming Soon
    Playlists
    NEW! PodCasts
    Free Music
    Album Reviews

    NEWS

    New Music
    Movies / Media
    Books
    Events
    Tours
    General

    VIDEOS

    Music Videos
    Exclusives

    EXCLUSIVES

    Articles
    Devotionals
    Interviews
    Concert Reviews
    We Love Awards

    MORE INFO

    RSS
    Privacy Policy
    Terms of Use
    Advertising
    Staff
    New Music Email
    Contact

    RESOURCES

    Music Studies
    Artist Training

    CONNECT

    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube