Growing up, Daniel Riley cannot remember his father, Tim, doing anything else besides singing full-time. Like his father, Danny, as he is known, always wanted to sing. He was born in Pensacola on October 16, 1972, and by the time he was 10 years old, his father’s group, Gold City, was well on their way to becoming one of the mega-quartets of the industry. He was a teen during the days of Midnight Cry and saw firsthand the group’s rise to legendary status.
Danny’s musical influences are many. He listened to whatever records he could get his hands on, whether it was vintage recordings of the Dixie Echoes that featured his father or the more modern groups of the day such as the Cathedrals. Russ Taff, Michael English, Larnelle Harris, and Carmen have all helped shape the sound that Danny has today. However, he also credits his father as being a big influence on him falling in love with music, and the father has taught the son well. Danny has a rich and powerful baritone voice that he knows how to use. His vocal ability is highly regarded by both fans and peers alike.
For someone who was eight years old at the time of Gold City’s forming and can remember the guys coming to his house to sing around the piano, it seems only appropriate that Danny Riley is at the helm of Gold City as their current emcee and manager as well as baritone singer. He counts it a great privilege to be living out his dream of full-time singing in the group he’s grown up loving. Every now and then he finds himself pausing to thank God how blessed he is to be able to travel with Gold City and his father, and then come home to spend time with his three favorite gals–his wife, Holly, and their two daughters, Sadie and Tessa.