Steve Ladd leaves Gold City
Yesterday, Gold City announced that Steve Ladd, who has sung tenor with the group for five years, will be leaving to become a music minister at a church near Gadsden, Alabama.
Ladd said the decision to leave was “especially difficult” since “being with Gold City has been a dream come true for me.”
All of Gold City’s tenors to date have had certain defining characteristics to their voice—a very high range and a fairly straight tones with few contemporary affectations. Ladd was an especially able contributor to Gold City’s sound since he was able to sing both the traditional Southern Gospel tenor, and then, once Tim and Doug Riley had left the group and the group started experimenting with more progressive sounds, adapt his vocal stylings to sing a more contemporary tenor part.
At this juncture, I would be surprised if Gold City hired another tenor like their last three (Free, Parrack, and Ladd)—I expect a tenor with a more contemporary edge to his voice. (Unless, of course, Jay Parrack wants to get back on the road, which is an outside possibility that would delight many fans of that era of the group, me included.) Outside of that possibility, I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see the job given to someone like Hissong’s Adam Elrod.
Information on how tenors can apply is here.