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Record Label Christian World
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.66" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.19 lbs.
Release Date Jun 7, 2011
Publisher CHRISTIAN WORLD #83
ISBN 7511940390 ISBN13 0741897040396 UPC 741897040396
Availability 0 units.
More About Gold City
Gold City is an American Christian music group that is based in Gadsden, Alabama.
The discovery of gold in Dahlonega, Georgia in 1828 set off the first major gold rush in America. It also inspired the name for Gold City, one of Christian music’s best-known and well-loved entertainers. Gold City continues the tradition set forth by the group’s founders in 1980 with the release of their new album “Moment of Truth.”
Daniel Riley took over the southern gospel group from his father, Tim Riley, when he retired just a few years ago. Daniel has brought together a stellar group of singers and entertainers in Gold City’s current structure: Steve Ladd, tenor; Bruce Taliaferro, lead; Aaron McCune, bass; and Daniel on baritone. They have a full-time pianist, Josh Simpson, and carry a full band on select dates.
Daniel’s father joined the group, then based in Dahlonega, Georgia, as its bass singer back in the summer of 1980. That was when Floyd Beck evolved a group from Mississippi called the Christianairs into Gold City, taking the name from a quartet his father had led back in the 40s. After Beck died in 1984, Tim moved everyone to his hometown, Gadsden, Alabama, where it continues to be based.
The group has had major success over the years with many of its members going on to solo careers or starting other groups. Among those were Brian Free, Mike Lefevre, Ivan Parker, Mark Trammell, Jonathan Wilburn, Jay Parrack and others. Each specific group of men has spread the gospel through the music they recorded and performed.
“Our taste leans toward the modern country sound, so of course the new album does sound a little more country,” Daniel says. “Our last album, “Revival,” had that flair to it. Gold City has always been somewhat progressive, always pushed the envelope to a degree, and we are still doing that. We strive to be different than everybody else out there, because the only way to be successful is to find a way to be unique. I think we have accomplished that in our sound.”
The group strives to reach a younger audience without alienating their longtime loyal fans, which Daniel admits is tough to do. “We’re trying to do what we enjoy doing the best we can do it. Church music has changed, Christian music in general has changed, so right now it’s sort of a weird atmosphere as to what people want. You have to balance what people want with what you enjoy performing, because if you’re singing a style you don’t enjoy, you won’t be around very long.”
Daniel says he see more and more young people coming out to Gold City concerts, but he also sees some of the fans who have been with the group for years. “In concerts we do our newer songs but still incorporate our hit songs from the 80s and 90s, giving people a mix of what they want. I definitely don’t want to alienate people who have brought us to table. They come to hear the songs that are 20+ years old, and if they want to hear those songs we will do them. We still enjoy singing them too.”
The quartet has had numerous number one radio hits over the years, making songs like “Midnight Cry,” “It’s Still The Cross,” “He Said,” “I’m Not Giving Up,” “Calvary Conquers It All,” “Show Me The Cross,” “There Rose a Lamb,” “Preach The Word,” and most recently, “I Cast My Bread Upon The Water” classics in Southern Gospel circles.