Born August 29, 1945 and raised in Gadsden, AL, it can be said that Tim Riley has literally been singing nearly all his life. His father was the choir director at their church, and he was heavily influenced by that, as well as listening to gospel music on the radio and television as a young boy. He was a big fan of the Gospel Singing Jubilee and the Caravan shows. By age 14, Tim was singing with the FFA Quartet. They performed at school and church functions in the area.
After graduating from high school, Tim joined Wally Fowler in 1965 as part of the Gadsden Harmoneers. In 1966, he would take JG Whitfield’s place in the Dixie Echoes. His gospel music career was stalled for a time when Uncle Sam came
calling. Tim was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam, where he faithfully served our country. Once his tour of duty was completed, he got married to his sweetheart, Barbara, and he once again joined the Dixie Echoes when Ken Turner left that group to join the Blackwood Brothers.
From 1974 to 1979, Tim contributed his rich bass voice to the Southmen. It was in 1980 when he would help form a new group called Gold City. It would be with this group that Tim would solidify his spot in Southern Gospel Music history as one of the best bass vocalists of all time. After more than 53 years of singing music, with 46 of those years in the professional realm, Tim continues to be the modern industry standard by which all other bass singers are measured. On October 2, 2013, Tim was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Hall of Fame, an honor well-deserved for this fine gentleman and his many contributions to gospel music.
Tim and his wife, Barbara, live in Gadsden, AL, and are the parents of three children–Daniel, Amy, and the late Doug Riley.