Chip Pullen, the lead singer for Gold City, has decided to leave the group. Announcing his resignation on the group's Facebook, Pullen is leaving Gold City because he has been called to preach the gospel. Pullen stated that at this time in his life he wants to continue his Bible studies. He's taking a position with a local landscaping company that will allow him to pursue his education an afford him the opportunity to preach more. He leaves with Gold City's blessing.
Daniel Riley, manager for the group, says, "We love Chip, and we hate to see him go, but we certainly understand that God has a great plan for his life in the ministry. Chip is like a brother to us, so we are certainly going to miss him and his powerful voice in the lead position. As much as we know God has a wonderful plan for Chip's future, we also know that He has the right person out there for Gold City, too. God has never failed us and has always sent the right man for the right season. We know He won't fail us now."
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.