NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Difference Media recording artist Ivan Parker was named Favorite Soloist at the 2016 Singing News Fan Awards, held this week during NQC (National Quartet Convention) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
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Ivan Parker is an American Southern Gospel singer who was raised in Sanford, North Carolina, where his father was a pastor in a Pentecostal church. In 1982, Parker joined the Singing Americans, and in 1983 he became lead vocalist of the Dove Award-winning group the Gold City Quartet. As a member of Gold City, he was named Favorite Lead Vocalist by Singing News from 1988–1993, and was named Favorite Male Vocalist from 1989–1995 and 1997. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
In January 1994, Parker began recording as a solo artist, and in 1995 he joined Bill and Gloria Gaither in "Homecoming" tour. Occasionally, he would sing with tenor Kirk Talley, and pianist/baritone Anthony Burger in a group they called simply, "The Trio." He has released 13 solo albums. From 2001-2004 and 2006, The Singing News named him Favorite Soloist. In 2007 and 2008, he was voted Male Vocalist of the Year in the Singing News Fan Awards.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Multi award-winning Southern Gospel artist Ivan Parker—one of the genre's leading male vocalists for more than three decades—has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Difference Media, it was recently announced. Parker’s highly anticipated debut for the label, to be produced by industry veteran Garry Jones, is slated for a July release.