If you measure an artists' stature by awards and recognitions, that statement may well be inarguable. Over the past quarter of a century, Gold City has won every significant Southern Gospel music award- many more than once. Among their more than 60 accolades are numerous awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, and Individual of the Year.
Gold City's unmatched sales and critical success have come from an endless string of powerful, memorable anthems of the faith, coupled with traditional Southern Gospel vocals.
Possessing some of the tightest four-part harmonies in the genre, Gold City's uniquely identifiable sound has led to an endless string of #1 radio songs. "Midnight Cry," "It's Still The Cross," "He Said," "I'm Not Giving Up," "Calvary Conquers It All," "I'm Not What I Was," and "There Rose a Lamb" are Southern Gospel classics.
The group's earnest commitment to the promise of the Gospel and its reality in each member's life has endeared so many fans to their musical ministry.
That commitment was put to the test in 2006 when in the midst of recording their new album Revival, drummer Doug Riley was killed in an auto accident on his way to the recording studio. "He was my brother and was like a brother to everybody on the bus," said Gold City's Daniel Riley. "He left a void on the stage but an even bigger void on the bus. We miss him more than words can express. We have had to exercise the faith that we sing about and God has brought us through the deepest valley we have ever traveled. Our greatest comfort is in knowing that Doug was a Christian and that we will join him in heaven someday."
After spending a few years as an independent, Gold City decided to reunite with a major label for Revival. "We signed with New Haven because they are first class and believe in us and what we do," continued Riley. "We shared our vision for the future of Gold City with New Haven president Ken Harding and he immediately got on board with us. He has spared nothing to help us accomplish our goals. He was also very involved in every aspect of the production of this record and brought a lot of ideas to the table."
Harding brought in producer Michael Sykes, whose resume reads like a who's who of Southern Gospel and Inspirational music. "Michael didn't try to change us," said Riley, "but he helped us figure out who we are musically. We have in recent years been trying to fit into a mold that was created for somebody else. He broke the mold and we started over."
Before Revival released, however, Gold City had an unexpected splash onto the national music scene. The group recorded and released a medley of patriotic songs that got unprecedented radio play and a corresponding music video made the regular rotation of many national video and news shows. "We have spent our lives in a free country and enjoy all the benefits that come with that due to the sacrifice that has been paid by a lot of brave men and women," said Riley. "This was our way of saying 'Thank You."
The first single from Revival, "Truth is Marching On," ties directly into the momentum the Patriotic Medley started. The song champions the Truth of revival that all believers are committed to spreading. "Christian people are discouraged because we have allowed the cynics and scoffers to have a foothold in our nation," said Riley. "I believe that this song will encourage people to stand for what is right."