David Hill, Gold City, & All That I Am
While there is sufficient reason to believe my opinion is simply my opinion…and it is, but while I was collecting thoughts on my lawnmower last week, I got to thinking about a song that has largely been forgotten. There is no arguing with the Parker/Free group. But when David Hill joined Gold City, I was convinced they would continue being a superior group. I remember that day, fairly young, going into the local Christian bookstore at the mall and seeing the album “Standing In The Gap”. The radio was already spinning “I’m Not Giving Up” on a pretty heavy rotation, and I had heard a Trammell featured “Show Me The Cross”, and a couple of others that I knew The Specks had recorded. So I paid my $10.99 and walked off to enjoy the cassette.
I decided that it was a quality recording and I had one track left to go. And then I realized the beauty of that final song, “All That I Am”. Hill possessed a strong lead vocal with an incredible smoothness that was similar to Ivan in that context, but did it in a different style. He’s largely been heralded as one of those guys with exceptional talent to jump from group to group, Anchormen, Singing Americans, Perrys, Nelons, Gold City and his own group Malachi. That’s quite the resume for a vocalist, but never could stay around one place. Most GC fans will be familiar with Wilburn, but go take a listen to this song, if you have the CD. The orchestration is light, but charging…adding, instead of subtracting from the vocals. And the lyrics portray the gospel.
All that I am, is why you gave…on that day the cross of death became my life, my every breath.
This video won’t do it justice (it’s very shaky, and the audio isn’t superb), but here’s a little taste. You won’t hear this on a GC classics project, but my…what a splendid song. (By the way, I was aware that Terry and Barbie Franklin wrote this…they wrote a lot for GC in the mid 90s, as well as half of the “Renewed” project…he probably thinks somebody should renew “All That I Am” too).