South Gospel group Gold City's baritone Daniel Riley's mother, Barbara (Mrs. Tim) Riley passed away on April 19. Barbara Riley of Glencoe was 69. Arrangements for Barbara Riley are as follows:
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2016 at North Glencoe Baptist Church. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, April 22, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., at the church. Online condolences may be made atwww.collier-butler.com.
Gold City was formed in Alabama in 1980. Members are bass vocalist Timothy "Tim" Riley, tenor John "Jay" Parrack, baritone Mark Trammell, lead vocalist Jonathan Wilburn, bass vocalist and guitarist Adam Borden, drummer Douglas "Doug" Riley, pianist Channing Eleton, and baritone Daniel Riley. Before joining forces for Gold City, most of the guys had spent time fine-tuning their skills with other gospel bands, like Dixie Echoes, Poet Voices, Arkansas Boys,Greater Vision, the Wilburns, and the Singing Ambassadors.
By the time the new millennium rolled around, Gold City had performed at countless festivals and appeared on stage at the Southern Baptist Convention, Music City Tonight, the Grand Ole Opry, and Nashville Now. The group had also completed over two dozen remarkable albums, featuring tunes like "There Rose a Lamb," "Getting Ready to Leave This World," "What a Glad Day," "Be Not Afraid," and "Dearest Friend I Ever Had."
The smooth harmonies the members of Gold City serve up on its albums have earned the group a number of significant awards, including Traditional Male Quartet of the Year and Southern Gospel Music's Band of the Year by Singing News Magazine, and Album of the Year and Favorite Group at the acclaimed Voice Diamond Awards. After two decades of using songs to witness to fans and reach lost souls, Gold City seems completely happy to stay the course and continue forward.