Soloist of Year Ivan Parker to appear in concert here

Published 11:34 pm Saturday, December 13, 2008

The exciting sounds of Southern Gospel Music will ring loudly on Friday, Jan. 2 at the Chilton County High School in Clanton, AL, as popular Southern Gospel recording artist, Ivan Parker, will be featured in a special concert event at 7 p.m.

Ivan, who burst onto the Southern Gospel Music scene in 1982, has spent more than two and a half decades ministering in churches and arenas, sharing his testimony and rich vocal talents. Traveling with popular Southern Gospel quartet, Gold City, for more than 10 years, Ivan helped lead the group to national notoriety, achieving 19 Top Ten hits, including the 1993 Southern Gospel Song of the Year Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association. Since embarking on a solo career in 1994, Parker has continued to enjoy prominence and much success. Hit songs have flowed his way in bunches, as he has more than dozen solo recordings to his credits. Earlier this year, Ivan enjoyed his first Number One hit, has the moving ballad, “I Choose” peaked at the Number One position atop The Singing News Maga-zine’s Top 80 Radio Airplay Chart.

For the past decade he has been regularly featured on the highly successful Bill Gaither Homecoming Video and Concert Series, and in May of 2008 the Gaither Gospel Series released The Best Of Ivan Parker Collection in DVD and CD format. Inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993, he has received more than 20 Soloist and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards from a variety of leading fan and trade publications, including the 2007 Fan Award for Male Vocalist of the Year by subscribers of The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication, as well as the 2008 Favorite Soloist Fan Award.

This special concert event, featuring one of Southern Gospel Music’s most recognizable voices, Ivan Parker, on Friday, Jan. 2 at the Chilton County High School in Clanton promises to be one to remember. The musical event will begin at 7 p.m. Complete information regarding this exciting event may be obtained by calling 755-0784 or visiting