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Youtube Spotlight: Gold City with Thomas Nalley (August 28, 2015)

August 31, 2015 By: Aaron Category: First Look, Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music, Youtube

This past Friday, PromisedLand Quartet (the group for which I sing baritone) and Gold City did a concert in Woodstock, VA, and new GC tenor Thomas Nalley was present. While I wasn’t able to get our portion of the concert taped, you know I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get a new lineup on camera! Be sure to click through and read the whole post to see all the videos.

Thomas was on his third night with Gold City.


First Look: Gold City with Chip Pullen

October 29, 2013 By: Aaron Category: Concert Reviews, First Look, Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music, Youtube

Gold City made a return trip to Grandin Court Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA last Friday night. I was planning on going anyway, but my interest increased when it happened to fall on the second weekend since Chip Pullen, formerly of the Anchormen, started singing with the group following Jerry Pelfrey’s departure. Interestingly enough, when the group sang there two years ago, Pelfrey had recently started with them. Since then, they have changed tenors (from Dan Keeton to Robert Fulton) and lead singers (Pelfrey to Pullen).

Nothing I say will describe how the change has affected their sound quite like actually hearing it, so here are some clips.

It’s nice hearing “Somebody Sing Me A Gospel Song” as the concert opener again. They wasted no time in featuring the new guy!

Gold City’s catalog is vast and plentiful, so I like the fact that they are starting to change up the setlist from what we are used to. This is one of my favorite Jay Parrack features, so it’s nice to hear it find a voice again.


Gold City Hires Chip Pullen

October 01, 2013 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Anchormen

In a surprising announcement this morning, Gold City lead singer Jerry Pelfrey announced that he is stepping away from the group to re-launch his family group, The Pelfreys:

In a joint statement, Gold City manager Danny Riley and lead singer Jerry Pelfrey announce Jerry will be leaving the award-winning quartet to reorganize his family group, The Pelfreys. Jerry’s last day with the group will be Wednesday, October 16th at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Danny says, “Anyone who has heard Jerry sing knows he has been a great addition to Gold City vocally and behind the scenes as well. We could make this a sad occasion over losing a valued team member, but in reality, no one knows more the importance of traveling with family than my father (Tim Riley) and I. We respect Jerry for taking this opportunity to be with his family at this time in all of their lives. Gold City asks that you join us in praying for the Pelfreys that God would bless their ministry and allow them to do His work for many years to come.”

The Pelfreys will feature Jerry, his wife, Mikki, and Jerry’s sister, Kim Pelfrey Van Hoozier. Jerry says, “I will be honest. I’m scared to death, but ever since the song Lord of Life, I have had a burden to personally be more specific in asking people who Jesus is to them. Once I made the decision with my family to re-establish The Pelfreys, I’ve had a peace about it. We covet your prayers as we step out in faith to launch this new ministry.”

Gold City’s new lead vocalist is Chip Pullen, who most recently has sang with the Anchormen and is an Alabama native. He will assume his role with Gold City on Thursday, October 17th. Danny says, “We know fans are going to fall in love with Chip. We are excited about our future as we continue to make great gospel music for the glory of God.”

Gold City is booked exclusively by The Beckie Simmons Agency. For more information about Gold City or to schedule a concert, visit www.bsaworld.com or www.goldcityqt.com.

I have appreciated Jerry’s contributions to the Gold City sound over the past couple of years, and am glad to see that he will still be singing. Both parties should be commended on such a smooth, friendly transition.

As for Chip Pullen, Gold City has capitalized on a great young talent that has only recently stepped into the national spotlight with The Anchormen. These two clips of his work with that group show that he will be a great fit for the sound and direction that Gold City is cultivating:

Youtube Spotlight: Gold City

April 29, 2013 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music, Youtube

We’ve seen a couple of clips of Gold City floating around since Robert Fulton was named to the tenor position, but no high quality video has been available until now. These are from the beginning of April, but were just recently uploaded. Here’s one that I want to turn a spotlight on that I feel is a good representation of where the group is now:

Why this video in particular? For starters, it’s a song that has been absent from their set list for several years. I’m glad to see them start incorporating some songs that aren’t the same ones we’ve heard time and time again. Also, this is a good showcase of the new tenor’s range and stage presence. It certainly makes me want to see and hear more.

Here’s another clip that includes three songs: “I Cast My Bread Upon The Water,” “I Can Tell You The Time,” and “When He Blessed My Soul.” Following that is the Tim Riley standard, “Under Control.”

First Look: Robert Fulton with Gold City

April 15, 2013 By: Aaron Category: First Look, Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music, Youtube

At long last, we have a Youtube clip of Gold City’s new lineup where the tenor can be heard. It’s a video from far away, but the audio quality is good. While it’s not a tenor feature, it does manage to show that the group has achieved a fine blend with Fulton. Hopefully, more will follow, but here is “I Can Tell You The Time.”

Robert Fulton Is The New Gold City Tenor

April 10, 2013 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

There have been several groups on the market for a new tenor singer, but one book seems to finally closed on that, as Tim Riley gave word in a recent radio interview that Robert Fulton, formerly of Palmetto State Quartet, is singing the high part for Gold City. Fulton has been filling in/auditioning for the past several weeks. Head over and check out the interview; the stuff concerning the tenor position comes at around 3:40.

Hopefully, there will be some video footage of Fulton that surfaces with the group around the time of an official press release (though I think that word from Tim Riley is official enough), but so far I haven’t found anything on Youtube that really showcases the new sound. For now, though, here’s a clip from a few weeks ago made available by Gospel Music Today on Facebook.

From what I have heard so far, Fulton brings a different sound to Gold City, but it is one that I believe will be a benefit. I will say that I was surprised at first when I heard him sing songs like “I’m Not Giving Up,” as Palmetto State’s material never really sent him into that range, but he pulled it off.

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.

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:

Gold City Posts Clips of “Somebody’s Coming”

October 30, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music

A look at Gold City’s Facebook reveals that the group has clips of the new project up. Here’s the playlist from their Bandcamp page:

It seems that two songs that were on the original list have been cut. One, of course, is “I Stand Redeemed,” which was removed after Josh Cobb’s departure. The other song is “Heaven,” which was the Michael English hit from the 90s that was also to be a tenor feature. Other differences I noticed is a change in key and new instrumentation on “Peter, James, and John,” as well as a rearranging of the song order.

The music player states the release date to be November 15, and these clips have me excited to hear the full release.

Gold City Releasing “Somebody’s Coming”

October 14, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

At long last, Gold City is completely finished with the project that they have spent over a year and a half, and a couple of lineup changes, making. The announcement was made this morning on Gold City’s Facebook page:

It is finished!!!!!!!!!! Our new CD will be available the first week of November!!!!

There you have it. Now, maybe Gold City can get this behind them and look ahead to the future with this great new lineup.

Youtube Feature: Gold City with Jerry Pelfrey

October 08, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music, Youtube

Last night, I attended a Gold City concert about 45 minutes away from me, and took plenty of video of the event. Rather than write a review, I’ll let the videos speak for me.

This was my first time seeing them outside of NQC since Brent Mitchell and Craig West were still with the group. I was looking forward to hearing Dan Keeton with them, as well as hearing new lead singer Jerry Pelfrey. He has only been with them for a couple of weeks. Take a look at how the sound has come together: