At 84 Parker hits high note with God

By Lee Roberts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 17, 2013) — Gospel Artist Lorraine Guth Parker, 84, said she loves to sing the “Lord’s Prayer,” and a heavenly relationship she enjoys enables her to pursue her many interests, perform her favorite songs and to hit a high note with God.

“It’s like your foot fitting in a shoe.  It was just natural,” Parker said about her walk with God and love for gospel music.  When she performs, she said she concentrates on the Lord.   “I just say my prayers and the next thing you know this lady is hitting high C,” she noted.

Parker said she is more engaged with life than ever.  She’s involved with her six children, 11 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.  She’s only a year away from earning a master’s degree in criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University.  And to top everything off, she remains involved in a country and gospel singing career that has garnered her numerous performing arts honors over the past 21 years. She attributes her success and career aspirations and musical motivations to a higher calling.

When Parker was a child she loved listening to Country Music legend Gene Autry.  When she first began singing it was country, but it wasn’t long after she found her niche in gospel music.

Lorraine Guth Parker, 84, is a gospel singer with 11 albums to her credit. She is seen here during an interview at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
Lorraine Guth Parker, 84, is a gospel singer with 11 albums to her credit. She is seen here during an interview at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
This is a compilation CD of gospel and secular songs sung by Lorraine Guth Parker.  She played several of her favorite songs at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
This is a compilation CD of gospel and secular songs sung by Lorraine Guth Parker. She played several of her favorite songs at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
Lorraine Guth Parker pushes the play button on her CD player to play her compilation album in her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
Lorraine Guth Parker pushes the play button on her CD player to play her compilation album in her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
These are newspaper and magazine articles about Lorraine Guth Parker's music career and achieving a bachelor's degree at age 74. She showed them at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. At age 84, she is about one year from earning a master's degree in criminal justice. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
These are newspaper and magazine articles about Lorraine Guth Parker’s music career and achieving a bachelor’s degree at age 74. She showed them at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. At age 84, she is about one year from earning a master’s degree in criminal justice. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
Gospel Singer Lorraine Guth Parker sings one of her songs in her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
Gospel Singer Lorraine Guth Parker sings one of her songs in her home in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2013. (Photo by Lee Roberts)
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