Former Gold City bass vocalist Tim Riley hospitalized

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Retired Gold City bass vocalist Tim Riley was taken to hospital after suffering a stroke earlier this week. An email to Texas Gospel Canada from Daywind Records says Tim has since suffered an additional stroke and has been moved to the ICU. The strokes have affected Tim’s speech and make it difficult for him to communicate.

“We appreciate every prayer that is being sent up on Dad’s behalf,” said Tim’s son and Gold City leader Danny Riley.

Tim sang Bass for Gold City from 1982 until he retired in 2005. The group posted news of Tim’s condition on Facebook:

Sunday Drive “Breaking Boundaries” with latest album release


Editor’s note: This article is written and supplied to Texas Gospel Canada by Stowtown Records.

Nashville, TN (April 8, 2022) – Sunday Drive, a Southern Gospel trio from East Tennessee, is seeing months of hard work and eager anticipation culminate with today’s release of their album, Breaking Boundaries. The sky is truly the limit for Jeff Treece, his wife Misty and brother, Dusty. Their new StowTown Records album is available at retail and digital music outlets worldwide and is distributed exclusively by Provident/Sony Distribution.

Sunday Drive is no stranger to gospel music.  They come to the label with a wealth of industry experience, including numerous hits songs. Their current radio single from this album, “Grace and Goodness,” recently debuted on the Singing News Top 80 chart and continues to gain steam. It has also ranked in the Top 10 on the Singing News Power 50 Weekly chart. With all of the focus they put into carefully selecting songs for their album, this success is no surprise.

The songs chosen are a top priority for Sunday Drive. Dusty Treece shares, “We couldn’t be more excited about our new Breaking Boundaries project. It is filled with encouraging and uplifting songs. When we heard them, they immediately ministered to us. As a group, we have always lived by the philosophy that a song needs to minister to us, before it can minister to others through us.” With offerings from industry songwriting giants like Bill & Gloria Gaither, Joel Lindsey, Jeff Steele, Tony Wood, Wayne Haun and Larry Gatlin, among many others, this selection of  songs provides a depth that, when coupled with stellar production, creates a top-notch album.

StowTown Records co-founder and album producer, Wayne Haun, treated the nine songs on this album with the same care and attention he gives every artist and album. But the relationship with this artist was different. Wayne explains, “I have known the Treece family pretty much all of my life. I grew up just down the road from Jeff and Dusty. We were constantly going to all-night sings. I was a big fan of their family group. Their late mother, Violet, was such a mentor to me. She encouraged me to continue songwriting even when I was just starting out, and my songs were horrible. For years, Jeff and I have talked about working together. It has been said many times that good things come to those who wait. And the time has finally come. I am so proud of what we have created. This is an album you just put on repeat and fall in love with over and over again.”

“God’s hand has been evident through it all,” Dusty continues, “from the song selection, to pre-production, to recording, to post-production. He ordered every step, and we can’t wait to see how He uses it to encourage listeners.”Breaking Boundaries is available for download and streaming HERE.

The inspiration behind Donna Ulisse’s new song

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Highly-acclaimed Bluegrass Gospel artist Donna Ulisse says her grandmother is the inspiration behind her new song “Don’t Bury This Bible With Me.” She said the the lyrics revolve around a box of items her grandmother left for her.

“Everything I describe, the blanket, her picture, her broken pearls, I have all this stuff.” she said

“The thing that really brought me to my knees when I pulled it out of the box was a white leather Bible that she loved. She just always said I don’t wanna take this with me when i go I want to leave it on this earth. So I wrote he song Don’t Bury this Bible With me, in honor of Miss Martha.”

Don’t Bury this Bible With Me is the second release from Donna’s thirteenth studio album Livin’ Large. The CD is the second released by Billy Blue Records. It’s also the third album she’s produced by the legendary Doyle Lawson.

Listen for Don’t Bury this Bible With me on Texas Gospel Canada’s Southern Gospel and Country Gospel streams!

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Pastor Robb Tripp, son of LaVerne & Edith Trip, dies at 57

Janet Johnson

Robb Tripp, pastor of the Fireplace Fellowship Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, passed away the afternoon of December 7, 2021.  He was the son of LaVerne & Edith Trip and well-known among Southern Gospel artists.

A post by the family on the church’s Facebook page says, “Robb will truly be missed but we will continue the work he has been faithful to do these last 18 years!”

A home going Celebration of Life Service is set for Friday, December 10. A livestream will be provided.

Pastor Robb Tripp was 57.