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Austin, TX 07-22-2007 NAMM SUMMER SESSION — The first time Ivan Parker stepped on stage to sing was in a Pentecostal church in Sanford, North Carolina. One Sunday night his father, the pastor, asked, “Does anyone have a song to sing?” Immediately, 2-year-old Ivan jumped off his mom’s lap, ran to the microphone and started singing, “On the wings of a snow white dove, He sends His pure, sweet love.”

"That was my first solo,” Ivan recalled, “I just kept singing until my dad finally said, ‘OK, I think that’s enough.’" Today when Ivan steps up to the microphone, whether it’s in a church or in an arena packed with thousands of admirers, he never hears anyone say, "OK, Ivan, that’s enough." Having received more than 20 Soloist and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards from a variety of leading fan and trade publications, today Ivan Parker performs over 200 dates a year. His microphone of choice is Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Frequency-agile True Diversity UHF Wireless System with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter.

“Through all the years of singing gospel music, I’ve used a lot of microphones that lacked in covering all the frequencies. Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite Wireless has that covered and feels great on stage,” said Parker. He continued, “Another great benefit that I’ve experienced with Audio-Technica is their service. In doing 200 concert dates a year, it’s very important to have quick turnaround time. A-T goes all out to make sure I have everything I require, because they truly understand a performer’s needs.”

Parker’s production manager and front-of-house (FOH) engineer Mike Rodgers has also come to rely on Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite Wireless night after night. “Finally, a wireless microphone that is great across the board. It gives the sound personnel the full spectrum that the artist deserves,” Rodgers said. “From the ease-of-scan functions, to the ease of equalization, it’s the best microphone system that accommodates and brings out the richness of artist’s vocals. The sound is consistent, from the smallest concert halls to the largest arenas.”

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Photo Caption: Ivan Parker performs using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter. Photo by Paul Wharton. (This photo is the property of Paul Wharton Photography and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

About Ivan Parker
Ivan Parker burst onto the Southern gospel music scene in 1982 and has spent more than 2 decades ministering in churches and arenas, sharing his testimony and rich vocal talents. For more than 10 years, Ivan Parker traveled with popular Southern gospel quartet, Gold City, where he helped lead the group to national fame, 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, Ivan Parker continues to enjoy prominence. He has more than 13 solo recordings to his credit and for the past decade he has been regularly featured on the highly successful Bill Gaither Homecoming Video and Concert Series.

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Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth #608 during the 2007 NAMM Summer Session in Austin, TX.