"They may come in that night feeling burdened and discouraged, but we hope this concert and our message will give them the strength and the courage to press on," Parker said in a phone interview from his
The concert will give Ivan and his older brother,
"I'm always excited to be able to see family on the road," Ivan said.
Ivan is the youngest of seven children (six boys and one girl) born to C.H. and
"It was like something out of a book -- he threw the guitar across his back and thumbed rides across the country, performing where he could.
C.H. is now deceased, but Katie still lives in
Katie, whom Ivan refers to as 'a little stick of dynamite,' "always prayed for her children that God would use us to minister to others."
"One day I was talking to her about how much I appreciated her praying for me. Her response was 'you did keep me busy, son,' " Ivan said with a chuckle.
As a teenager, Ivan sang with his brothers in a group called the Parker Brothers.
"They let me start singing with them and it just landed in my heart and life as if that's what God wanted me to do all along," he said. "I had the privilege of singing with
It was gospel music great
The Gaither Homecoming tour gave him the opportunity to minister to people in
"One of the videos while we were there was filmed in
Ivan and his wife, Teresa, have two sons, Josh and Ryan. Josh performs with Ivan and will be a part of Saturday's show. In the past six months, both Ivan and Josh, who graduated college 1 1/2 years ago, have been busy recording solo projects.
"We've been doing two projects simultaneously," Ivan said. "We'll go into the studio and do his songs and then do mine. I've never worked so hard in my life, but I'm grateful for it."
Ivan said he hopes Josh's album will be ready for release the first of August and he's aiming for his to be released in the fall or toward the end of the year.
Ivan said he realizes that "within the last three years a lot of Christian people are losing hope, what with the economy and state of affairs. Things aren't the same as they used to be and are changing rapidly, but I try to remind people there is hope in
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