This came as a definite surprise. Gold City seemed to have found a nice groove with Keeton solidly holding down the tenor part. At the same time, I don’t see how this particular change could have proceeded more amicably, and I can’t think of a better reason Keeton could have had for leaving the group. In his open letter, he said that he wanted to launch a non-profit organization to help children victimized by abuse through music and the arts. This project is close to his heart, as he himself has a testimony of childhood abuse.
Amidst a sea of group changes, some of which can seem quite tight-lipped and unpleasant by comparison, it’s refreshing to find someone who’s actually leaving voluntarily for an excellent cause. We wish Keeton all of the best and hope God blesses him richly in this new chapter. Meanwhile, some have suggested Harold Reed as a replacement, since he recently left the Lefevre Quartet.