The Gold City/Beckie Simmons Break-Up
Gold City is calling it quits with Beckie Simmons. Or, I mean, Beckie Simmons is calling it quits with Gold City…
Tim Riley, original member and owner, states, “For most of the 30 years Gold City has been on the road, Beckie Simmons has handled scheduling our dates with integrity and class. We love her and appreciate her for all of her hard work over the years. After much prayer we feel it’s time to move bookings in-house.”
Beckie Simmons adds, “I have always believed in Gold City and their ministry. Tim Riley, as well as all of Gold City, are like family to me. This is a mutual decision to achieve what is best for Gold City. BSA and Gold City are working together to make this transition smooth for everyone involved.”
A few things are interesting about this development.
1) Tim Riley is handling this publicly. Is he also the one handling this privately, and not Daniel Riley?
2) Tim Riley comments “after much prayer we feel it’s time to move bookings in-house”, indicating this was purely a Gold City decision, consecrated in prayer. Yet Beckie Simmons describes this as a “mutual decision”. Honestly, I don’t care who burned the bridge, or even if there was a bridge burned at all…but in the same article, those quotes seem to clash. It may just be a case of bad writing and organizing thoughts.
3) And in Beckie Simmons’ defense, if there were problems with booking or $ on GC’s part, I could come up with a few reasons. Not showing up, canceling dates, group turnover, bad photos, a year’s delay of a new project. Those things can add up to lesser flats and fewer places to sing in the long run.
4) Gold City may not need Beckie Simmons at all, but due to the recent instability of GC, one might think externally, that they might. However, if you’re Daniel Riley… scrap everything, maybe? It may turn out that a new business and publicity direction is in the works. Either create something brand new or re-track the model that once made GC so invigorating. I hear the West boy is pretty good. There’s a good start.
5) But given the recent developments, already in the last couple of years…is Gold City really in a position to handle bookings “in-house”?
I hate to seem like I’m poking fun at this or analyzing too far down the scope of a really pointless issue. But the only news we hear about Gold City is news with more questions than answers. Maybe it’s not always bad, maybe it’s covered up, but it’s all questionable. Truth be told, most groups NEVER give you the full extent of the details. They give you the truth, but usually not the whole truth. And that’s fine. That’s business. But right off the bat, in a simple press release…we see what looks like two conflicting sides. Why even quote anything from Beckie Simmons? If you’ve prayed about it, do you even need her comment? There may be no conflict at all, but in having her part in the article, with a quote that doesn’t fully align with Tim’s, it immediately leads one to believe that the perception is “there is a conflict”.
Anybody else see how this may be perceived?
(Edit: You can check out the article here.)
I’ll end with this, Gold City, I’m pulling for you.