Dan Keeton leaves Gold City
Dan Keeton has issued an open letter announcing his departure from Gold City:
An open letter to the friends and fans of the Gold City Quartet,
In march of 2011, I was afforded a dream come true, to sing tenor with Gold City. Most of you know my testimony of child abuse, the divorce of my parents and my daddy’s alcoholism. I have recently been given an opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for quite some time. I have wanted to start a non profit organization using music and the arts to inspire child victims of abuse. That opportunity has presented itself and I am so excited, but also heavy hearted. Opening this door means I will have to leave Gold City. I can honestly say, I love the Rileys so much. Tim and Danny are like family to me. Chuck, Bryan and Jerry are so easy going and fun to be around that I will dearly miss being on the bus with such fine Christian gentlemen. I will always be greatful for my time here.
As friends and fans of Gold City, please know, I love you all. I have never felt so much love as I have from you. Please pray that Gold City finds the best replacement and the transition is as smooth as possible.
Southern Gospel fans will hate to lose Dan, but that’s the kind of reason that nobody can argue with. Best wishes, Dan!
UPDATE, 10:27 PM: The official press release from Gold City confirms that Dan is leaving on friendly terms. It quotes group manager Danny Riley as saying: “We support Dan 100 percent in this new chapter of his life. We believe God has given him this opportunity to go into this new ministry. Dan has personally dealt with child abuse, and we believe his passion is for helping others in this area. He has our blessing and prayers as he leaves to encourage and enrich the lives of others in this special calling. Dan has agreed to stay on with Gold City and continue his role as our tenor until a replacement can be found.”
Tenors interested in the position can send demos and resumés to firstname.lastname@example.org.