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Personal Update & Gold City News

March 30, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

I’m back! It seems like that I have said that a lot recently, but quite honestly, this senior year of high school has thrown my schedule out of whack more than it has ever been. Hard to believe it will be over in a little over two months. On a positive note, I finally made my college decision, and will be attending Radford University in the Fall as a Software Engineering major!

Now, turning the focus back onto the world of Southern Gospel, Gold City is once again welcoming a new tenor. From a Facebook message posted by Gold City around the time I started this post:

“Brent Mitchell has decided to come off the road. Dan Keeton is the official new tenor for Gold City. As many of you know, Brent and Heather welcomed a new baby girl, Paislee, back in January. She has been experiencing some health problems and he has decided to come off the road to focus on his family. We will miss Brent and covet your prayers for his daughter. For more on this, visit goldcityqt.com

Earlier today, Dan Keeton posted an open letter at his website, keetonsong.com. You can read the letter in its entirety there, but I will post an excerpt of it that makes the announcement:

“…As of Monday, March 28th, 2011, I retired and disbanded “The Keetons”. Nancy is doing what she loves, being a High-Risk Labor and Delivery RN. Jim Sheldon will follow his calling in a full time music ministry and your friend, Dan Keeton, has accepted the position of Tenor in the one and the only … Gold City Quartet!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support of The Keetons. Please come see me soon with Gold City!

Dan Keeton
www.goldcityqt.com”

I was talking a friend of mine the other week after a webcast appearance of Gold City in which Dan Keeton was filling in, and at the time, I was unimpressed. It could have been the quality of the webcast, the fact that I was forgetting that it was only his second night out with them, I don’t know; whatever the reason, I told my friend that I didn’t think Keeton was a good fit at all.

That being said, I have heard clips and comments from several people who don’t mince words about what they think about a group’s sound; people who can be very tough critics. Every single one of them have come away from seeing Keeton with the group recently saying that the sound Gold City had was unbelievably strong, and that it was reminiscent of the Jay Parrack days. I’m hoping some new video will pop up soon, because my interest has definitely increased.

My doubts in Dan’s fit have certainly been erased by what I have seen and heard, and may this lineup of Gold City have the best possible run it can have! I certainly wish Brent Mitchell and his family well, and I encourage you all to pray for he and his little girl as they deal with the recent health issues.

Update: Also from Facebook, a personal statement from Brent Mitchell:

For all who have asked. I am no longer with Gold City. My 3 month old daughter has been very sick for the past few weeks and I feel I need to be with my family at this time. Family has always come first in my life but I am so sad to leave my dream job. I just did not think it was fair to Gold City for me to hold them back not knowing the future health of my little girl. Please pray for my family that she will get thru whatever her little body is going thru right now. I will miss GC and cherish the little time I had there!

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10 Comments to “Personal Update & Gold City News”


  1. Brent is a sweet guy, and I’m glad to hear that this was his voluntary choice, although it’s sad to hear about his little girl. Will definitely say a prayer for them tonight!

    I don’t know much about Keeton, but I think he may be somewhat stronger than Brent. At this point I’m not sure how long they can keep a lineup together, but here’s wishing them all the best…

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    • To be fair, most of the changes for Gold City in recent years have been beyond their control. I can think of maybe two that were not. I wish them the best as well!

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  2. I know how hard it is to blog. I’m in my senior year as well.

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  3. Glad you’re back. You’ve become one of my blogs I check out almost daily. Congrats on the school choice, too.

    On topic, I hope someone figures out how to shut this ‘revolving door’ of Gold City. They’ll never be anything like they used to be until people are allowed to stay and develop.

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    • Thanks for the readership and the congrats!

      Like I said in another comment, most of the changes in the past few years were beyond the group’s control. However, I do agree with your statement. Time and a consistent lineup will build this group into a true powerhouse again, though they are well on their way already.

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    • Did you not see why this last change was made . As the song says Try a little kindness.

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  4. Glad to see you back! You were missed. On a personal note, you will like Radford (both the U and town) both my alma mater and home town.

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    • Thanks!

      I actually live about an hour and a half away from Radford, so I’ve been through there and visited quite a bit. I’m definitely excited about furthering my education there!

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  5. Oh, and forgot to say welcome back, and we’re looking forward to hearing more from you! I’m not sure whether it will get better or worse when you’re in college… but we won’t be pessimistic. 😛

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