Gold City is one of the older southern gospel groups still active today. They became Gold City in 1980 after previously being named the Christianairs.
I have a 1988 videotape of a Gold City concert in 1988 in Kentucky. They featured Tim Riley as bass, Brian Free as tenor, Ivan Parker as lead and Mike LeFevre as the baritone. Garry Jones played the keyboard for the group.
The highlight of that concert was Ivan Parker singing Midnight Cry. Part of the concert is on the subject of abortion and Riley talks about it at length and Free sings a heart rendering song about the children that never are born.
In later years Mark Trammell would sing the baritone part while Jay Parrack sang tenor. When Trammell left the group Jonathan Wilburn would join the group.
Trammell was one of the smoothest sounding singers I have heard in southern gospel and he currently is touring with his own group named the Mark Trammell Trio.
Parrack would leave the group to apparently come off the road and as far as I know he hasn’t returned to southern gospel. Parrack was one of my favorite tenors in the industy and was a member of the group for 11 years.
Three years ago the group was shocked to find out their drummer Doug Riley had been killed on the way to a recording session.
My favorite album was their Within The Rock album which included Mercy Rescues Me featuring Mark Trammell and In Time On Time Everytime featuring Jay Parrack.
Tim Riley featured on When He Reached Way Down For Me a song written in 1928. This video is from the 1988 video mentioned above.
Ivan Parker singing the classic Midnight Cry that is southern gospel singing at its best.
Gold City Quartet singing Shouting Ground.
This song is about children who have been aborted missing out on the joys of life. This song will touch anyone that cares about the children being aborted.
Gold City is still recording and touring today 29 years after changing their name to Gold City. I have seen them in person at Texarkana, Arkansas in the late 1990′s.