Gold City issues Wilburn Press Release

I rarely post complete press releases here, but since there has been a high level of interest in this story, I’ll post Gold City’s complete press release discussing Jonathan Wilburn’s recent departure:

Gold City has announced the resignation of Jonathan Wilburn. Jonathan has served as Gold City’s lead singer for the past 12 years.

“After much prayer I have decided to resign my position with Gold City,” says Wilburn. “I can never truly express the depth of my gratitude to the Riley family-Tim, Barbara, Danny and my precious friend, Doug-for the opportunity of a lifetime. They have not treated me as an employee but like a part of their family.

‘You, the fans, have supported me from the beginning and my heart will always be overwhelmed at the reception you gave me from the very first night I took the stage with this wonderful group. I believe God has great things in store for this great bunch of guys. Steve, Aaron, Josh, Kyle and Ed are some of my dearest friends. I can say with an honest and pure heart that I love them as brothers.

“Through the years the road has taken a heavy toll on my family and me. Please pray for me as I move on to another chapter of my life. At this present time I have no plans; I just need God to direct me as He did in 1996 when He spoke to my heart about coming to Gadsden to sing with America’s No. 1 quartet.

“Pray for these guys as they move forward in the ministry. I love them and I love you.”

“Jonathan is one of my dearest friends,” says Daniel Riley, ” and it’s been my privilege to have traveled with him for the past 12 years. We have been through many ups and downs over the years and have become brothers as members of Gold City. As much as I would love for him to be here forever, I realize that change is inevitable for all of us from time to time.  We all wish him the best as he pursues a new direction.”

Stepping into the lead position is Bruce Taliaferro, a Gadsden, Ala., native. “Bruce is an amazing talent and one of my best friends,” states Riley. “He has filled in for both Jonathan and me on several occasions and is a great fit for Gold City. I am looking forward to introducing him to our many friends across the country.”

Gold City is currently working on a new album that will be released later this year. For more information, visit goldcityqt.com. For booking information please contact BSA  at bsaworld.com or call 615-595-7500.


For more about —and other Southern Gospel news and commentary—follow our RSS feed or sign up for our email updates!

5 Letters to the Editor

Southern Gospel Journal welcomes letters to the editor. We will post the most thoughtful and insightful submissions. Ground rules: Don't attack or belittle groups or fellow posters, or advance heresies rejected by orthodox Christianity. Do keep comments positive, constructive, and on topic.
  1. Does anyone know the real reason he left? Not trying to be funny or mean, but there’s some ambiguity to this thing. He doesn’t have a place to go…..the road has taken its toll….. I’m just wondering. (Hey, this is my first comment! Should it be my last?) ha ha

  2. Well, it seems like he wants a break. I doubt he’ll be announcing any new plans immediately.

  3. Why do we always have to assume there is something else going on. He said “the road has taken a toll”. That’s good enough. After 12 yrs., I imagine he is ready for a break.

  4. Road life is hard…and 12 years is a long time.

  5. any chance we see some of these singers recently quitting ever on the road again? singers like jonathan wilburn, brad hudson, crystal river, dallas rogers, gene mcdonald, the list goes on and on…