Spending his early years in the spotlight as lead vocalist for iconic Southern Gospel quartet Gold City—where he recorded his now signature #1 hit, “Midnight Cry”— Ivan transitioned seamlessly into an acclaimed solo career that has spanned 22 years and counting. A mainstay of Bill and Gloria Gaither’s beloved Homecoming community, he has received 13 Singing News Fan Awards for Soloist of the Year, as well as 12 Singing News Fan Awards for Favorite Male Vocalist and six for Favorite Lead Vocalist, among numerous other accolades. It’s no surprise he was also the first soloist ever invited to perform on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention.
F E E L S L I K E H O M E
From the Bill and Gloria Gaither-penned opening track, “Feeling At Home In The Presence Of Jesus,” to the closing strains of “Through It All,” written by the late genre-spanning icon Andraé Crouch, Feels Like Home marries Parker’s signature style with songs that helped define a golden era of gospel music.
Additional highlights of the album include Kris Kristofferson’s 1973 blockbuster hit “Why Me”; “I Just Came To Talk With You Lord” and “The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me,” both written by late GRAMMY® and Dove Award winning singer/songwriter Dottie Rambo; the Dallas Holm-penned “You And Me Jesus”; and “His Hand In Mine,” by late Gospel Music Hall of Famer Mosie Lister.
“My mother recently moved into an assisted living facility and going through the things in her home brought back a lot of memories,” Parker says of the album’s genesis. “The pictures and old records I found reminded me of the days when I first knew I wanted to be a gospel singer. The ‘70s was a prolific time for songwriters and artists in gospel music, and that’s when I first fell in love with some of these songs as well.”
“All of us, no matter our age, like to remember where we came from,” Parker adds. “We enjoy walking down memory lane once in a while thinking, ‘When did I first hear that song?’ or ‘Who was singing it?’ To be able to relive these songs in the studio was like putting on a well-worn pair of favorite shoes. It’s a testimony project of my beginnings and I hope it will ‘feel like home’ to others too.”
T H E J O U R N E Y C O N T I N U E S
If the past is any indication of the blessings still on the horizon, it’s no wonder that Ivan is living in expectation. “I’ve tried to be obedient and do what I love to do,” he says. “My heart is to sing and make people happy like He has made me happy. It’s been a great journey; one that I never dreamed I would experience.”
As Ivan continues to answer the call on his life, he does so with the blessing of a love that’s contagious. A love that reaches the far corners of the earth.
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by Ivan Parker