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Dan Keeton Departs Gold City

January 02, 2013 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

So far, 2013 has been a year of changes in Southern Gospel music, and the trend continued this evening when Dan Keeton posted this to his Facebook page:

An open letter to the friends and fans of the Gold City Quartet,

In march of 2011, I was afforded a dream come true, to sing tenor with Gold City. Most of you know my testimony of child abuse, the divorce of my parents and my daddy’s alcoholism. I have recently been given an opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for quite some time. I have wanted to start a non profit organization using music and the arts to inspire child victims of abuse. That opportunity has presented itself and I am so excited, but also heavy hearted. Opening this door means I will have to leave Gold City. I can honestly say, I love the Rileys so much. Tim and Danny are like family to me. Chuck, Bryan and Jerry are so easy going and fun to be around that I will dearly miss being on the bus with such fine Christian gentlemen. I will always be greatful for my time here.

As friends and fans of Gold City, please know, I love you all. I have never felt so much love as I have from you. Please pray that Gold City finds the best replacement and the transition is as smooth as possible.

Sincerely,
Dan Keeton

Daniel Riley later added:

We support Dan 100 percent in this new chapter of his life. We believe God has given him this opportunity to go into this new ministry. Dan has personally dealt with child abuse, and we believe his passion is for helping others in this area. He has our blessing and prayers as he leaves to encourage and enrich the lives of others in this special calling. Dan has agreed to stay on with Gold City and continue his role as our tenor until a replacement can be found.”

For those interested in applying for the tenor position with Gold City, demos and resumes will be accepted via email form to tenorauditions@me.com.

While this news is a surprise, I can respect the reasoning behind it. It is certainly not a common reason given for departure, and I wish Dan the best of luck!

The tenor position for Gold City is a demanding role that requires an ability to consistently sing a part that often is pitched higher than many other groups. It will be interesting to see who the group gets, as it is a tough part to fill.

In tribute to Dan’s time with the group, here is one of my favorite clips of Gold City during his tenure:

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7 Comments to “Dan Keeton Departs Gold City”


  1. Wonder if Harold Reed would be a good fit?

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    • It’d be interesting, for sure. There is a Youtube video of a Gold City/Kingsmen appearance at NQC a few years ago. Reed took over on “In My Robe Of White” and it sounded decent. I’d like to hear him on something like “I’m Not Giving Up” that pitches the tenor in the stratosphere to see how that would sound.

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  2. Josh Griffin says:

    Harold Reed would be a great fit! I think it’s pretty safe to say that he could handle the demands of hitting high notes!

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  3. harold reed says:

    Hey Aaron itd sound great cuz im awesome….NOT…its jus nice that people even think I cud do it

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  4. Harold immediately came to mind when I learned of the opening. May God’s will be done.

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  5. I don’t think Harold would fit well with Gold City. If that happened, would I enjoy it? Yes, because Harold is a tail-kickin’ tenor. However, when I think of Gold City tenors, I think of people that can go ten feet beyond the rafters. That’s why I was unhappy with Josh Cobb at tenor. He was good, but not what “I” consider a “Gold City tenor” if you know what I mean.

    IMO, I think Harold would fit well with a quartet with an old-timey sort of sound…perhaps something like Palmetto State back when they were a good Southern Gospel quartet.

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    • To each his own. I’m in the camp that thinks that if a tenor can handle Kingsmen material (the classic stuff especially), then they can handle Gold City’s tenor part.

      Josh Cobb was redefining Gold City’s sound, in a good way, but that fell by the wayside when that lineup dissolved. His successor, Brent Mitchell, took a while to adjust to being back on the road, but he ended up settling in nicely. I think he would have surprised a lot of people if they had gotten a recording (Somebody’s Coming or otherwise) out with him on it, and he, like Cobb, was redefining Gold City’s sound in his own way. Dan Keeton did the same, but harkened back to a Free/Parrack style of tenor. It will be interesting to see where they go from here.

      Palmetto State is certainly different now, but they haven’t defined themselves yet since they have no material released with the re-worked lineup. That should be out soon, so I’d say, let’s give them a chance.

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