Gold City released a statement this morning about the departure of lead singer Jerry Pelfrey from the group. He joined the group in late 2011. He is leaving the group to organize his family group with his wife and sister. His last day with the group will be Oct. 16.
However, Gold City has already announced that Chip Pullen will be its new lead singer. He was most recently with the Anchormen.
Here's the full release -
Gadsden, AL - In a joint statement, Gold City manager Danny Riley and lead singer Jerry Pelfrey announce Jerry will be leaving the award-winning quartet to reorganize his family group, The Pelfreys. Jerry's last day with the group will be Wednesday, October 16th at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Danny says, "Anyone who has heard Jerry sing knows he has been a great addition to Gold City vocally and behind the scenes as well. We could make this a sad occasion over losing a valued team member, but in reality, no one knows more the importance of traveling with family than my father (Tim Riley) and I. We respect Jerry for taking this opportunity to be with his family at this time in their lives. Gold City asks that you join us in praying for the Pelfreys that God would bless their ministry and allow them to do His work for many years to come."
The Pelfreys will feature Jerry, his wife, Mikki, and Jerry's sister, Kim Pelfrey Van Hoozier. Jerry says, "I will be honest. I am scared to death, but ever since the song Lord of Life, I have had a burden to personally be more specific in asking people who Jesus is to them. Once I made the decision with my family to re-establish The Pelfreys, I have had a peace about it. We covet your prayers as we step out in faith to launch this new ministry."
Gold City's new lead vocalist is Chip Pullen, who has most recently sung with The Anchormen and is an Alabama native. He will assume his role with Gold City on Thursday, October 17. Danny says, "We know fans are going to fall in love with Chip. We are excited about our future as we continue to make great gospel music for the glory of God."