Ivan Parker Bio - ChristianMusic.com
Ivan Parker - ChristianMusic.com
For as long as Ivan Parker
can remember, he
has had a passion for singing.
was just two years old, his
father was a paster of of a Pentecostal church in Sanford, North Carolina.
During one service, his
father asked the congregation if anyone would like to sing a song.
jumped at the chance and ran to the microphone.
began singing, "On the wings of a snow white dove, He
pure, sweet love.
sang and sang until his
father had to stop him.
The passion and enthusiasm that Ivan
had as a child is still with him today.
Ivan Parker sings gospel music and is often referred to as Ivan "The Voice" Parker, because of his ability to use his music to truely minister to people and pull at their deepest heart strings.
Bill Gaither has said, "In an industry dominated by quartets and mixed groups, Ivan Parker
as a solo artist has the clarity and presence on stage to stand alone.
In 1982, Ivan joined the Singing Americans, and in 1993, he joined the Gold City Quartet as the lead vocalist.
solo career began in 1994.
Since then, Ivan Parker
has released 13 more albums.
most recent project, "Redeemer" was released in 2004.
In 2005, Parker
released a video/DVD.
Some of his
favorite songs that he
sings are "It is Well With My Soul," "Midnight Cry," and "It's True."
Today, Ivan lives with his
wife, Teresa, and their two sons, Ryan and Josh.
performs about 200 times a year.
has also had the opportunity to be a part of most of the Gaither Homecoming Videos.
When asked who his
greatest influences have been in his
life, Ivan Parker
mother and his
has received many honors for both his
solo career and his
carrer with The Gold City Quartet
most cherished, though, came in 1996 when he
received the Distinguished Soloist award from the Department of Music Ministries of the Church of God