"Jesus has his
hand on me, Every step I take he's
leading me. Through my faults are my greatest victories I know Jesus has his
hand on me." Those lyrics from one of Ivan Parker's
most recent releases, conveys an appropriate summation of this singer's life.
First class recordings and hit singles may come and go, but rarely does an artist come along who possesses a voice capable of delivering songs which will last a lifetime.
However, Ivan Parker
is a man who surpasses the norm.
name has become synonymous with Christian music and his
voice is one that is immediately recognizable by fans across the country who embrace his
The son of a Preacher, Ivan
grew up singing the songs of the church.
Early in life he
wanted to sing Gospel music.
God allowed this dream to become a reality in 1982 when this North Carolina native received the call to join the The Singing Americans
, a popular Southern Gospel quartet.
Instantaneously Ivan's unique vocal ability gained the respect of industry peers and the admiration of fans nationwide.
However, in 1983 Ivan
position with The Singing Americans
and made his
way to the hills of Georgia to his
new home with The Gold City Quartet.
in the lead vocal position, Gold City became Southern Gospel Music's most popular quartet.
Gold City achieved seven Favorite Group Awards and 19 Top Ten Hits, including the 1993 Dove Award- winning Southern Gospel song of the year, " There Rose a Lamb."
The most popular song to date, "Midnight Cry" became Ivan's signature song and is requested everywhere that he
After a decade with Gold City, in January of 1994 Ivan
career as a solo artist.
Crossing musical boundaries and bridging the gap between Southern Gospel and Inspirational, Ivan successfully traveled into uncharted territories and found exciting opportunities and even more challenges.
has shared his music with attendee's of Bill Gaither's Praise Gatherings, Family Fest and Jubilate productions.
is a regularly featured guest on the popular Gaither and Friends videos.
has been featured on TNN Primetime Country and TBN.
Ivan also serves as the third member of the Gaither Trio with prolific songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither.
Since 1994 Ivan
has released three recordings, including his
latest, " Journey to Forever."
debut and sophomore recordings, this project is filled with his
rich vocals which leave their indelible stamp on each tune, which Ivan
The recording produced by Garry Jones, permeates with expression and passion as Ivan
pours his heart into everything.
has been voted Favorite lead vocalist seven times.
has been selected among the elite list of Outstanding Young men in America three times and in August of 1996 he
was presented the Distinguished Soloist Award by the Church of God Denomination Worldwide
Amidst the 200- date touring schedule Ivan
encounters each year, he
is a devoted family man who enjoys spending time with his
family in Nashville, TN.
and wife Teresa, have enjoyed 19 years of marriage and have two sons, Ryan and Josh.
The Parkers attend Abundant Life Church
and are actively involved in various community and church activities.
The love and devotion to his
Lord and the ministry sustain the growth and strength of this family.
Just as Ivan
is thankful for the support of his
is also grateful for the support of fans across the country who have become more than fans - they are treasured friends.
"A solo career is quite an endeavor and it's rather scary at first," Ivan
"You have to follow God's direction and then He
sends people to offer you encouragement and support."
In turn, Ivan
offers support to those same people through his
music and ministry.