Gold City hires Brent Mitchell

Gold City has just announced the hire of Brent Mitchell. Mitchell has sung previously with Mercy’s Mark and N’Harmony and is Gold City’s fourth tenor in the last three two years. (Update: My math skills have come up for discussion in the comments. Granted, math has always been my weakest subject, but here’s how I reckon things: Steve Ladd left Gold City on April 27, 2009; Chris Cooper joined June 17 and left December 16 of last year, and Josh Cobb joined December 22, 2009, and left yesterday. That’s how I come up with a number of four in two years or, more precisely, one year, seven months, and two days.) Here’s the official press release:

Gold City has announced that Brent Mitchell has joined the quartet as tenor vocalist, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Josh Cobb.

“No one dislikes change more than I do,” says Gold City’s Daniel Riley. “But that doesn’t change the fact that changes do happen. Often times, people don’t always understand the reason behind the changesโ€”we don’t always understand it ourselves, as change can come quickly for any of a huge number of reasons.

“Josh Cobb is an incredibly talented person and we’ve enjoyed our time with him. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

“Brent will officially start his role with Gold City November 11,” continues Riley. “Many Southern Gospel fans will remember Brent from his tenure with Mercy’s Mark. He possesses a very distinct tenor voice, and we’re very excited to welcome him to our group.”

Brent, his wife, Heather, and their 7-year old daughter, Ivy, live in Moulton, Ala., and he’s excited about joining the legendary quartet. “I grew up listening to this music,” says Brent. “It has always been a dream of mine to be part of a legacy like Gold City. I am excited to have an opportunity once again to sing the best music in the world.”

Brent is one of the friendliest individuals I’ve met in Southern Gospel. Here’s hoping he’s up to the challenge and that this move ushers in long-term stability for the group.


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  1. Brent will do a great job for Gold City and you’re certainly right about his friendly personality!

    I think it’s kind of misleading to state that Gold City has had four tenors in 3 years. Steve Ladd joined them in 2004, so I think you could more accurately say that Gold City has had 4 tenors in 7 years (since 2010 is almost over).

    • I don’t want to be disagreable in the slightest, but may I courteously mention that Steve Ladd left less than two years ago (April 27, 2009)? http://www.southerngospeljournal.com/archives/2650

      Since he was their tenor three years ago, I think it’s fair to say they’ve had four tenors in the last three years.

      • You’re right, Daniel. With Brent Mitchell on board, it’s four.

  2. I actually thought they were gonna hire Brent before they announced Cobb. I hate to see Josh go because I love his vocals and stage presence but Mitchell is a great choice.

  3. I am not sure Brent would have been my pick for Gold City, but I may be wrong…he may fit just right. I wonder who they will have on Nov. 7??? Kind of a disappointment!

  4. Daniel, I’m trying really hard not to be pessimistic here, but if I am permitted to express my opinion I will. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gold City, with Josh Cobb and Tim Riley were becoming one of my top 2 favorite quartets again. GC (of old with Brian Free, Jay Parrack, Jonathan Wilburn, Tim Riley, the band, etc.) will always be my all-time favorite group, but with the changes they have had in the last 3 years, I can’t help but wonder why they don’t either rename themselves or retire.

    Sometimes it’s better to go out on top then let a legacy drizzle. And I don’t mean that in a nasty way.

    • Tyler, I totally understand your perspective. In my opinion, as long as Tim Riley’s on the road, it’s Gold City – but he is to Gold City what Glen and George were to the Cathedrals.

  5. Disappointed. Extremely disappointed. This is a setback IMHO. I agree with Tyler’s last line. The legacy is tarnished.

  6. I agree that it is technically Gold City, but it’s just obvious that … not blaming anybody, saying this more in a sympathetic way … The constant turnover is really detrimental to the group and its reputation.

    • I agree as well…..why so much turnover with tenor singers…….this is a Christian based group with the intent on praising the Lord and bringing those, that don’t the Lord, to him…..just sing with
      the God given talents you have….

  7. I, too, was very excited when they hired Josh, and am saddened by the sudden dismissal.

    However, Brent will do a great job. Brent, of course, has a completely different sound than Josh, but he was excellent with Mercy’s Mark and he’ll definitely bring a different dynamic to Gold City. At Mercy’s Mark concerts, they would do some old GC standards like Midnight Cry and We Shall See Heaven Someday and he knocked it out of the ballpark on his parts.

    Let’s pray that this lineup can stay together for a while. I believe that GC has the pieces in place to be a top-notch group again, if they can stay together!

    • Yeah. If.

      (filler, filler)

    • That is good to hear…I have not heard Brent do any GC standards!

      • Yes, you have, unless you’d stepped out of the room. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        When MM was at FL-S, they did “Midnight Cry” – I think they also did “We Shall See Heaven Someday.”

      • I guess I did hear Midnight Cry, but I am not I really remember it very well. I have to admit, there is a period where I didn’t listen to Gold City, and I have never heard “We Shall See Heaven Someday.”

      • OK. You know, I think I goofed on song titles – that wasn’t the one that was a GC song that I was meaning to enter, but right now I can’t remember which was!

      • Daniel, you got it right. “We Shall See Heaven Someday” is a convention-type song on their 1991 album Answer the Call.

    • Very well said, I agree.

  8. I think you can tell alot about a group from the turn-over of personnel. The groups that stay on top keep their people longer and seem to be happier. After seeing GC at NQC this year I thought they were on their way back. Now I am not sure. Seems to be something missing.

  9. I think the turn over in personnel is harmful to any group but especially GC given its recent changes. The group has lost its direction a little bit. The line-ups haven’t meshed on stage or sound like the wilburn, Parrick group. Tim Riley is the only one in the group recently that I feel connects with the audience. They were doing pretty good with McCune and the country sound. But since that move they haven’t found their niche.

  10. I never met Josh, or heard him in person,(only YouTube clips) but this is a REALLY bad thing…. there is NO WAY that they can keep hiring/firing like this. Something has got to change(and not group members!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. I am probably the largest Gold City fan of all time.

  11. I believe the constant hiring/”dismissal” situation is from Gold City no longer being a top notch group. they are quickly becoming just “another group”. Losing Cobb and gaining Brent is a huge setback. But, i will see them in concert in a couple of weeks..I guess I will decide then.

  12. I agree, Daniel, as long as Tim is there it can still be Gold City. But only if Tim actually takes back the management and makes it his group again.

    As long as Tim is just a hired bass singer (essentially), it really is not “his” Gold City.

  13. Ok, so how is the new tenor making out?? Anyone heard them yet??

    • I heard Gold City nere in Canada on New Yeras Day. they were fantastic. The new tenor did a fabulous job and the quartet was very tight. They had the place arockin and the audience was delighted.

      They were so good that I have booked them to appear in Toronto Saturday April 23rd 2011 Toronto Centre for the Arts.

  14. Come now everyone, of course Tim has been and will always be Gold City. But having known him for more than 20 years and his son Daniel for the better part of 15, I don’t see a problem with the new lineup of Gold City. Danny has not just hired his dad. These are good men, and circumstances are just the way they are sometimes. This is not a sporting event where you pull in a free agent or keep score against one another, it is rather a ministry. I think that is what draws me first to their music, the message they have steadfastly proclaimed for over 30 years now. Relax, they will be just fine.

  15. I disagree with Timothy. Yes singers come and go but not as fast as they are with Gold city lately. I live in Gadsden Alabama home of Gold City and have followed them all over this country and have never seen the turmoil in the group that is going on now. I have been a fan for over 25 years,and can’t ever remember something like this happening. I have talked with former members of Gold City and to their credit they have told me to just watch and see what was going on. The group is NOT the same since Tim has become a hired hand. Just seems to me that an ego needs to be put aside and the real reason for Gold City be brought back to the front.

  16. We just heard Gold City last night here in Canada. To me, the old sound is back. I absolutely loved Brent and Chris. They fit very well with the Rileys. And Brian is awesome on the piano. No slouches there. I’m excited for the future of Gold City if they keep this lineup and sound!

    • Mistake… I said Chris instead of Craig in the above post! Oops! Love the new-old Gold City sound! Eager to hear a new album!