Their name is synonymous with setting the standard for male quartets since their inception in 1980. Many have tried to pattern their style and sound, but there’s only one Gold City. Theirs is a stellar career with numerous number one songs, fan and industry awards, and prestigious honors. Yet this Gadsden, Alabama-based group remains down-to-earth, grounded in their southern roots, and committed to continuing their mission of delivering power-packed four-part harmonies and singing songs that are meaningful, entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting.
There’s something to be said for longevity. In a time when too many people lack what it takes to stick to a plan for the long haul, Gold City has proven they are a mainstay in the world of gospel music. In addition to a full-time year round touring schedule, Gold City has a wall of awards and accolades from the past thirty two years. Radio continues to embrace this quartet, honoring them with number one songs in each of the last four decades, their most recent being "Peter James and John" in 2012. With an energetic vocal line-up and fresh musical arrangements of dynamic songs, you can expect many more years of success for this great group.
Every musical genre has those artists who defy the norms of the average life span of a career. Whether it’s the Eagles in rock music or country’s mainstay, The Oak Ridge Boys, there are those who rise to legendary status and continue to make music that appeals to their generation while gathering new fans on a continual basis. Gold City is among those elite groups who continues to reach new audiences and consistently amass new fans who fall in love with their distinct sound as soon as they hear it.
Now into their 33rd year, legendary bass vocalist, 2013 Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame Inductee, and multi-award-winning Tim Riley continues to anchor the group with his rich, deep, and clear bass voice. His son, Daniel Riley, bartione, has assumed the management role and leads the group onward into the future. He provides a smooth vocal that blends perfectly with the other voices in the group, but also has the versatility to step out for a solo with power and soul. Lead Jerry Pelfrey follows a long list of dynamic lead vocalist and takes a back seat to no one. Jerry wows the audience night after night with his own show-stopping vocal prowess. Tenor Robert Fulton puts the top on the sound with his high clear tenor voice and sincere delivery of each song. Bryan Elliott accompanies the group with his talent and skill on the piano, providing those subtle yet effective musical enhancements for the group’s vocals–as well as shining center stage on instrumental solos.
Each member of Gold City is talented and dedicated to sharing the good news of the gospel through songs with encouraging and challenging lyrics, presented in an exciting performance on stage. Each man is committed to moving forward and taking Gold City even further than it has gone before. Remaining true to the heritage of the legacy of the past 30-plus years, Gold City continue to build on the great foundation that has already been established. In other words, there’s a lot more in store for Gold City fans old and new, so get ready–the future is now and the best is yet to come.