Gold City

Gospel Group

Glencoe, AL


Has an unprecedented six consecutive Singing News Magazine Group of the Year Awards.

They have been nominated for Dove awards for Album of the Year four times. Other dove nominations and awards for Song of the Year.

Gold City has also had dozens of Singing News Magazine Fan nominations and awards.

Named Cash Box Magazine's Southern Gospel Group of the Year twice.

Over the past decade, Gold City based in Glencoe, Alabama has garnered a vast array of awards and honors as it has captured the hearts of Southern Gospel fans throughout America.


Composed of Tim Riley, bass; Mike LeFevre, baritone; Brian Free, tenor; Ivan Parker, lead vocalist; Garry Jones, piano; Mark Fain, bass guitar, and Doug Riley, drums, Gold City has been the pacesetter in Southern Gospel music since shortly after its first performance in 1980.

They have taken almost every award offered in their category by the Gospel Music Association, Singing News Awards, and The Gospel Voice Awards. Their records have remained atop the charts and earned the albums, "The Gold City Quartet Live", "Movin' Up" and "Goin' Home" album of the year honors.

Gold City has won six consecutive Group of the Year awards, and each of the members have been honored individually for their contributions.

Tim Riley, a native of Gadsden, formerly sang as a member of the Southmen, and had also worked with Jones in the Dixie Echoes. LeFevre, a member of the famed LeFevre family, and Parker had toured with The Singing Americans, while Fain had played bass with The Nelons. Drummer Doug Riley is the son of Tim.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Gold City - Moment of TruthGold City - RevivalGold City - Are You Ready?Gold City - Within the RockGold City - Amazing Grace: A Hymn Collection




The Bible belt Southern gospel group 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. ~ Charlotte Dillon, All Music Guide


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