Why I Love Gospel Music

A friend recently sent me a copy of a concert he had come across.  As I write this, I’m watching a concert from PA on May 31, 1992 with Gold City.  Brian Free, Ivan Parker, Steve Lacey, Tim Riley, Garry Jones, Mark Fain, and Doug Riley.  They didn’t use any tracks, just the band with the four vocals and let me tell you, it’s great.  I’ve always said this particular configuration of Gold City had something special, and even as early as this concert, in which Steve Lacey hadn’t been with the group very long, that special blend is there.  The second half of the concert is all requests, and I’ve heard everything from “What A Lovely Name” to “Nobody’s There” to “Glory Is Waiting.”  Steve Lacey is able to sing all these older songs, which is really impressive.  Great playing, impeccable singing, tremendous stage presentation, and strong songs.  Yep, this is why I love Southern Gospel music.  It just doesn’t get much better than this.

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

7 Responses to Why I Love Gospel Music

  1. quartet-man says:

    Was this a commercial offering, or a custom one that was never sold? I do agree that Gold City from that era (and really from the early ’80’s until Parker and Free left was a special time. (Not that I haven ‘t liked other versions since.) However, I still overall prefer the Cathedrals with Funderburk and Trammell. Gold City has some really great songs and performances, but I think the Catehdrals have more consistency in these. When Gold Cit had great songs, they could really deliver, but I just don’t think they had as much strong material (over the course of their career versus the Cathedrals from the same era (1982-1999).

  2. quartet-man says:

    Actually, I guess I should have started a year or so earlier, but my point is the same. 🙂

  3. QwertyJuan says:

    I couldn’t disagree more quartet-man! 😀

    Gold City from the early ’90’s was bar-none(in my humble opinion of course;)) the best group of singers to ever team up at one time. It would have been like Shaq, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Larry Bird all playing on the same team at the same time!! 😀

  4. quartet-man says:

    If we’re talking combinations of great singers, we should also mention the Gaither Vocal Band (different combos), Stamps (Baize, Sumner, Enoch, and Sterban) as two others. 🙂 The Singing Americans had some good combos too (with Funderburk and either Parker or English on lead)

  5. DJPhil says:

    Uh, Qwerty, that Cathedrals lineup was better than the Gold city line-up because it had George and Glen!!! 🙂
    I loved that line-up of Gold City, but put me down for that Cats grouping as #1 !!!!

  6. quartet-man says:

    When I mention the three best basses, I name Sterban, Younce and Riley. Parker is a great SG lead and he and English are my two favorites from the Singing Americans. With that said, Younce, Payne, Trammell and Funderburk were among the tops in each part. Put those four together, give them good material and arrangements and watch out. Also, they were all likable (not meaning Gold City wasn’t), and worked well together.

  7. Jason E says:

    You could not beat Gold City or the Cathedrals of that era. Being from Alabama hard to beat Gold City but who can deny what the Cathdrals produced in the same time span. I think which ever is your favorite you cannot go wrong with. Talking Gold City does anyone know where I can get copies original or otherwise of Gold City recordings from the early 80’s “Walk On”, I Think I’ll Read It again”, and Sing With The Angels” if any of you know or have copiesyou are willing to get rid I would be most gracious. You can reach me at wer14ever@live.com


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