Elizabeth "Liz" Parker - Gospel Music Singer - Rochester, IN
by Wenonah Maitland
Elizabeth, Autumn, & Destiny
Elizabeth Parker, pictured with her 2 daughters, Destiny Jane, 14, and Autumn Hope, 19 months, sings both old and new gospel, as well as other genres like country, old time rock and roll, etc., for different events. She is available for church services, revivals, youth rallies, weddings, funerals, festivals, fairs, etc.
Liz was raised in the church where her grandfather, A.A. Ritter, and father, Robert Ritter, were both pastors. She continues to bless the congregation of The Sanctuary Of Praise Apostolic Church in Rochester, Indiana, where her father is still the Pastor. She not only has an amazing voice that will bless you but she is an incredible person that will forever leave the mark of a true friend on your heart. She is a messenger of God who truly gives God ALL of the glory with both her testimony and her singing.
Liz's singing career over the years has blessed thousands of people despite a tragic accident at the age of 4 that would not only cut her vocal cord but nearly take her life. Liz had slipped while cutting paper dolls and ran a pair of scissors through her throat. Friends, family, and ministers gathered around her praying for her to live and recover. God healed Liz and proclaimed through a minister from Chicago who had come to visit her "This child will bless millions with her voice." Liz began singing in the
church with her parents, Robert and Dena Ritter. Though she never took a single singing lesson Liz was leading song service by the age of 10.
Liz has had 7 cd's produced so far, one of which was produced by Nashville's own Gene Higgins, founder of the CCMA, Power Source Music Magazine, and also the executive producer of the CCMA Awards Show. In 1993 she took 37th place out of 700 entrants on Star Search. She has opened for John Montgomery at the Jerry Lewis Telethon as well as opening at the race track singing her own rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. She has also sang at the Apostolic World Christan Fellowship and also the National Quartet Convention.
Her biggest break came in October, 2002, when she won first place in the soloist division at the "Biggest Gospel Event" in North Carolina. She performed her rendition of "God Is My Refuge" to a coliseum of 17,000 people. She won a trophy and a recording contract with Ray Flynn Promotions.