The Singing News has just issued a press release from Gold City. Josh Cobb (yes, THAT Josh Cobb!) has been named the new tenor for Gold City, and Roy Webb is joining the group as well. Roy will still be performing his solo dates, but on weekends when he is not booked as a soloist, he will be traveling with Gold City. Also included in the press release is the news that Tim Riley has committed to a full time return to the stage for the group.
Roy Webb is a terrific piano player, and his stage demeanor will instantly be an asset to Gold City’s overall stage presentation. I’ll be looking forward to his wit and humor being incorporated into Gold City’s programs.
Josh Cobb is quite an interesting addition to the group as tenor vocalist. Cobb, you will remember, was the original tenor for Legacy Five, but departed from the group at NQC literally right after winning the Horizon Individual award at the Singing News Fan Awards. There have been some rumblings on various blogs over the years as to his whereabouts, but it seems that his journey has brought him back to Southern Gospel music. Vocally Josh showed a lot of potential in his brief stint with Legacy Five and some incredible raw talent. One of the more recent finds regarding Josh is the YouTube video below of him singing with a church ensemble. He appears to have refined his talent over the last 10 years or so, and smoothed off some of the rough edges that he had during his Legacy Five tenure. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the first glimpses of him with Gold City. He definitely has the talent.
Tim’s return is not unexpected, and with the major transition that the group is in, I think will prove to be a very stabilizing force for however long he decides to stay on the road. I think Tim’s leadership and stability will go a long way in “righting the ship” and seeing the group achieve the stability that they haven’t had since Jay and Tim left several years ago.
All in all, I’d say that this is the start of what is hopefully an exciting new era for Gold City, and definitely seems to be a fresh start with a renewed sense of purpose for the group. Best wishes to Roy, Josh, Tim, and the rest of Gold City. I am anxious to see what is next!