Arden, NC (September 25, 2009) – It was an exciting night at the 2009 National Quartet Convention as two Horizon Records artists took home Singing News Fan Awards. Ivan Parker was the recipient of the Soloist of the Year Award given at the ceremony at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville on September 19th. The other honored group that night was the Crist Family who received the Horizon Group Award for best new artist in 2009.

The Singing News Fan Awards are presented each year at NQC and provide Southern Gospel enthusiasts the opportunity to recognize outstanding performers and groups in the industry. Each of the artists offered words of humbled appreciation.

Horizon Records executive Mickey Gamble comments, “To those people who have wondered about who will be the next “legends” in Southern Gospel Music, I would just say that Ivan Parker is already there.”

On the Crist Family, Gamble continues, “Five years ago The Crist Family was totally unknown in our industry but God knew their name. And now everybody does.”

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In Photo: L-R Susan and Jeff Whisnant present Ivan Parker with the Soloist of the Year award