Danny Gokey – “It’s Only” – Single Premiere

Danny Gokey premiered his new song, “It’s Only” on the Milwaukee country station, FM106.1 this mornning. Written by Dave and Charles from Lady Antebellum and produced by Carrie Underwood producer, Mark Bright, the song is sentimental, inspirational and full of emotion.

In other word’s, it’s right in Danny’s wheelhouse.

One thing I noted during the summer tour, is how intensely Danny connected to his audience. The crowd loved the little inspirational speech he gave before Rascal Flatt’s “My Wish”, totally soaking up the message of the song. If Danny can downplay his newbie status, and stick to his strengths, he’s got shot at country.

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Interview (sorry, my internet transmission cut out for a few seconds…)

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“It’s Only” will be released for digital download on December 14. The album comes out March 2010.

  • PJG

    I think Danny has said he wants to touch hearts and have his music be a ‘movement’  so I think he will do fun stuff too, but I think we will continue to see a lot of songs with messages about caring for one another and humanity.

    I thought it was beautiful! Not what I expected; thought we’d hear more big voice Danny with his growl (sure there will be plenty of that on the album), not sensitive, falsetto Danny but I really loved it.
    Think they picked a song like this for his first single because it is so different from the other Idol’s pop songs and because it is the Christmas season- a time of messages.
    Definitely not a song to dance to, but I will listen to it again and again because the vocals are superb and the melody is beautiful.

  • Renina

    I love it! Danny’s voice sounds incredible on it.
    Nice work Danny! looking forward to the entire CD!

  • soverymel

    Well, since I don’t care for it at all, I’m guessing it will probably be a huge hit on country radio that will crossover and beat out everyone’s sales. *sigh*

  • Kirsten

    Wow. They picked the perfect song for Danny. They’ve really captured the message he likes to get out. I could do without all the da-la-la-la nonsense, but I’m not a country fan anyway.

    I think they also picked the perfect season to release that song. This will likely cross-over to CAC too.

    So, great strategy. The theme would be a tough sell on Pop, but should do well on country (if the fans accept him and I really don’t think the average schmoe cares all that much. They just like a good song).

    So, well played Danny and co!

  • jill16

    I’m not a fan of country music or a Danny fan, but I think his fans will really like this song. I hope it will be a hit for him.

  • conchcast

    He kept it real and he kept it true to the type of music he wants to make. Missed the growl, but lions don’t always need to roar to be heard. Nice message.

  • CFIdolsfan

    I posted a reply in the other thread, but I want to say again that it is a winner. I agree with PJG that it is the right kind of song for the time of the year. It is just the song I expected to hear from him, and I can’t wait for it to be released and to hear more songs like these. Go Danny!

  • Studio57

    Never been a Danny fan, but his voice is like buttah on that song. The only thing is, the song ( for me, for you) is too hokey and inspirational but there are so many fans of his that love this.

    Overall, good job Danny.

  • babybelle32

    Like he did during the season, Danny sells the chorus and the high parts of the song, but he really doesn’t connect with the verses or the build-up to the chorus. This reminds me of the problems that he had whe he performed “Jesus Take the Wheel,” even though I think he does a little bit better here. I think it’s still a sign that he doesn’t know how to interpret a song, so he doesn’t know how to hook people with the first part, but maybe listeners will forgive him for that, since he really connects with the last part of the song. Plus, country fans, just like a lot of other people, are pushovers for songs that have a religious bent, so they are willing to forgive a singer for not being very good.

  • xuziqueue

    Sounds good! But what does aspirational mean in this context?

  • http://www.irish-wolfhounds.com Buderschnookie

    Still has no breath control- he sounds out of wind the whole time.

  • abbysee

    I think Danny has a hit on his hands. I frankly like this better than Carrie’s Jesus song. Good for Danny.

  • LilMarie

    LOL. Decent song, but whats up with the ‘ladada’s ??

  • Squirrely

    The singing is good but i don’t like it. It’s more country and gospel than I like.

  • maturin

    GOKEY TAKE THE WHEEL!!!!

    Hee. You know what, go Danny! He’s like a Ninja with funky eyewear. You never saw him coming!

  • Squirrely

    Danny maybe Kris in the AI afterlife – the queit contender who sneaks up and takes it all. Country does well, even though I don’t like it – I still think he may have a winner on his hands.

  • abbysee

    LOL. Decent song, but whats up with the ‘ladada’s ??

    Well it was either gonna be ladadas, or doobie, doos!

  • Trish101caravana

    like it! the best single so far from AI 2009

    the voice is very danny gokey. any idol fan can easily recognize his voice.

  • tinawina

    Like he did during the season, Danny sells the chorus and the high parts of the song, but he really doesn’t connect with the verses or the build-up to the chorus.

    Yeah, he got way better at the end. But that’s Danny. Sigh.

    I have no idea how the song will play on Country radio, but it is certainly the kind of thing I see him doing. The subject matter was very much him. But, he didn’t have a hint of a twang! LOL. Good luck Danny!

  • edee

    Can’t get past that breathy delivery and the sermon lyrics. Other than that it’s standard country. His fans will probably eat it up.

  • sidewalkstory

    I’m surprised he didn’t work “Sophia’s Heart Foundation” into the lyrics.

  • mgk

    His voice actually sounds really good on this. Not really a fan of the song, but it’s kind of pretty and could do well.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    But what does aspirational mean in this context?

    I mean inspirational. I haven’t had my coffee yet.

  • Sumer

    Have to agree, he does sound very breathy throughout it. I thought he was going country, isn’t this Christian based since it is preachy and all about Jesus saving people?

    Pass, not my cup of tea. Not sure how well he is going to be, as honestly his vocals don’t sound strong.

  • jga94

    Wow!I was pleasantly surprised.Dare I say that Danny’s single–amongst those idols who have released so far–is the most representative who of he is as an artist?

    The first thing I thought after I heard it was ,you know that it’s Danny-the raspy voice, the “soaring parts,”the phrasing,the lyrics…..I think it’s a song tailor-made for him…..which is why I think this single actually WORKS!

    Yeah, it does sound like Jesus Take the Wheel part deux or some Rascal Flatts song but heck…it works….

    I am not a Danny fan nor am I a country fan but this is good work right here….

    Out of all the songs that have been released from this year’s idols….I actually think this is the best….wow, who would have thought?

  • Chicagolaw

    Oh, I really, really don’t like it. But, it is totally not my type of song, lyrics and delivery. I admit I am also not a country fan, and I’m not into contemporary Christian stuff. Anyway, I hope his fans love it, and I hope he does well. He seemed to get a pretty good reception on the tour, so I hope he finds success.

  • haruhi

    I think it’s good. I don’t know much about country music, as we don’t have that genre here, but I like the vocals.

  • TwigLA

    He sounds very good on this and the melody is beautiful. The lyrics … well, when I actually listened to them it was the preachy Jesus stuff and I’m fine with that in church but not very often in my normal life.

    Sorry, but I’ve had way too many people in my life ‘praying for me’ when they could have offered real help with what I was going through.

  • Tess

    Since I don’t know much about country music I am not going to judge the song or how it will do on the market. There are a lot of peeps who drink and breath country music so I will leave the song reviews to them.

    Personally, I thought Danny’s voice sounded really really generic, it didn’t come across as fitting his style at all…too small, too much high register, too many runs and stuff inconsequential to the song. Personally, I think the melody lent itself much better to a female singer.

    Good luck, Danny.

  • PJG

    GOKEY TAKE THE WHEEL!!!!

    Hee. You know what, go Danny! He’s like a Ninja with funky eyewear. You never saw him coming!

    LOL at this comment, clever. But true. Danny was hated on for being “clueless” but he never was, just honest, true to himself and he continues to be so.
    I noted the breathiness at the soft beginning too, but I think they wanted it that way for a more sensitive, soft feel, they could have easily edited that out.
    As for the “la dee das,”, thats just Danny staying true to his style. Good for him. I guess you’ll either like it….or not.

  • jpfan

    I agree that the song is the most true to his persona on Idol. It actually sounds like Danny. The words are too preachy for me but I still like the voice. I wonder how the folks listening to this on that country station are responding.

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ onlinepastrychef

    Gotta say, I have never been a Danny fan. Ever. Ev. Er. But–this was quite nice, I thought. He didn’t over-sing or strain, which was often my issue w/him on the show/tour. His sound was flat for me, but in this song, his voice is light and bright. A little breathy, but not strained. Nice job, Gokey.

  • steph6449

    Wow!I was pleasantly surprised.Dare I say that Danny’s single’“amongst those idols who have released so far’“is the most representative who of he is as an artist?

    Still listening to it, but on first impressions I’m really liking it. It uses Danny’s voice (rasp/growl, power, and sincerity he puts into his singing), certainly the song message relates to where Danny’s usually got his heart coming from, and it is country enough without being over the top country. Good fit for Danny aiming at a modern country vibe with some crossover possibilities.

    I thought he was going country, isn’t this Christian based

    Considering it’s written by two highly successful country songwriters, sure, this is a country song. It does mention Jesus, but a lot of country songs have an implied or explicit faith element in them. Danny’s main audience won’t be minding that, in any event.

  • alwaysintrouble

    I honestly had to turn it off half way through. I know it’s his “message” or whatever but it feels so disingenuous to me. It’s like a direct rip off of Jesus Take the Wheel IMO.

    too preachy and self-righteous for my taste. I’m sure if marketed right it will do well on country, they eat that stuff up with a spoon.

  • tierbee

    I don’t listen to as much country as I used to but that song should fit in just fine, unless things went and changed on me too much :) . I don’t think it’s outstanding but it’s a good, solid song and I like Danny’s voice. Good job, Danny – hope it is a hit for him.

  • LilMarie

    sidewalkstory
    11/06/2009 at 9:16 am

    I’m surprised he didn’t work ‘Sophia’s Heart Foundation’  into the lyrics.

    LMAO !!

  • suebrody

    I have no idea how well this will do, but it sounded like Christian rock, not country. It’s fine, it just didn’t do anything at all for me. Yes, his voice sounds good, especially toward the end (I never liked his lower register, anyway), but I just couldn’t connect toward it the way with, say, Keith Urban or Carrie Underwood. But that’s just me.

    I am wondering why the single got released four months before the album did, since that was not the case with Adison.

  • Organic

    I’ve listened to it a couple of times and I’m struggling to understand the words, especially at the beginning. The music seems to be drowning out his airy voice. So I’m not really getting the message of this song. Will have to wait for the lyrics.

  • jga94

    Danny’s singing has always been “breathy”….I think it’s because of how he phrases the lyrics plus add the raspiness of his voice that’s why it sounds “breathy” without actually being “out of breath”—if anyone can understand this…

  • glamatheart

    Feels more contemporary Christian than country to me but I’m no expert on either. I don’t think this song showcased Danny’s voice as well as I would have liked. On tour, his voice impressed me but here, not so much.

    The lyrics are preachy but I think he stayed true to himself and his fans will like it, so kudos to Danny!

  • gulfluv

    I think Danny will do well with this. Definitely a good time of year to release this kind of song, it might get play on not only Country radio but Christian and AC as well. The message is basically a country/Christian version of “Man in the Mirror” and I thinks its pretty good.

  • dhunken

    My take is Danny’s voice is good. I don’t think it sounds country, more like Inspirational Christian music. The song seems a tad too long and a bit all over the place but that’s not Danny’s fault. It should be huge on Christian Radio and I think will do fairly well on Country charts. I don’t agree that this is the best song out of what this season’s Idols have put out but that can be a matter of taste. I will say again his voice is good. I think this song live will be much more powerful. Good for Danny. I hope he does well.

  • ktwolf

    ah… Danny’s insprirational speech during the AI tour… my husband refers to that as his “don’t let your dead wife get in the way of your dreams” speech.

  • rayni

    Love it and so happy for Danny. I agree with those that have commented on Danny staying true to himself. I don’t think he realized how well his sound fit in with “modern country”. I’ll be buying it! Now where is Kris’ video???!!

  • Tess

    Don’t think it will get much AC play….those are the stations they play at the casinos and I don’t think this song would go over real well as people keep dropping nickles into the slot machines.

    Christian and some country stations will play this…..I really think Danny (whether he admits it or not) will be a Christian artist and not main stream. Mark Bright is the head honcho for Word and that is their focus.

  • jack5791

    I think it is a really great song and I hope Danny is successful with this.

  • PJG

    Here are the lyrics; its actually not that religious at all! Just about helping others:

    Lyrics:

    It’s been 18 months and 14 Days
    Bobby can’t get him a job
    Repo man’s gonna take his van I hear
    Bobby’s giving up on God
    He needs a hand up and not a hand out
    Hey, everybody’s gotta suffer
    Don’t worry, Don’t worry
    It’s only my brother

    Where is that poverty line
    I’ve never really seen it
    Look around I’m doing fine
    I’m not really sure I believe it
    On the other side of town schools are falling down
    But me I’m riding in style
    Don’t worry, don’t worry
    It’s only a child

    There’s a homeless woman with a shopping cart
    Living on the street
    Lord knows she can’t come in here where the pretty people meet
    We’re all dressed in our Sunday best
    And she smiles when she sees us
    Don’t worry it’s only Jesus

    There’s a the face in the mirror
    A man that I can be
    Lord won’t you open my eyes
    Won’t you help me see
    A hungry child needs more than a piece of bread
    Brother needs a job to get ahead
    And the homeless a place to lay their head
    And as much as I’ve been giving
    I could never give enough
    Don’t worry it’s only love

    It’s only love
    When you’re lonely you’re empty
    Only one thing can feel you up
    And it’s only it’s only it’s only love

  • jga94

    I say it’s the best single released so far from the idols because it’s the song that actually works—works best for the artist(it’s like tailor-made for gokey) and the intended audience…

    I don’t even like country…I think LLWD is the “best song” per se (it’s just that the Script-IMO-did a better version than Kris)….but this Danny song did not seem “forced.” It seemed like Danny was feeling the song, emoting it with sincerity.

    FIBOY-IMO-is ike trying to make Allie sound like Avril,Pink and Miley all at the same time–that song is not her.

    LLWD-IMO-was the most convenient song to be released bec. of time constraints on kris’ part (plus I really think the original’s better).

    FYE is…I just don’t like it.For me to like electronica,it really has to have a catchy tune like what some of Lady Gaga’s songs….I don’t think it’s catchy enough….and TFM is just–for me-cheesy.

  • kiss kiss

    I like the song fine. The vocal delivery is nice especially towards the end, and for Danny, pretty restrained. The lyrics are a bit preachy but not overbearing. It should do well.

  • http://www.twitter.com/halfie6 halfie

    Um,, PJG, this has to be one of the more religious songs I can imagine. Yes, it’s about helping people, but it’s in the context of Christian theology.

    Giving up on God
    Sunday best, can’t come in
    It’s only Jesus
    Helping the homeless
    Helping the impoverished
    And the closer of “it’s only love”. (See Corinthians verses read at every wedding ever).

  • Kirsten

    To those who think its CCM or Gospel its not. Here are the lyrics; its actually not religious at all!

    Eh? So, when he says “It’s only Jesus”, he’s not referring to the Christian Savior, but some dude named Jesus? Shouldn’t he be pronouncing it “Hey-suse”? Or is” Jeeze-us” still used for women who have that name?

    I’m sorry, there are definite Christian overtones to that song and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Christian overtones are common in country songs. There is no rule that says all songs have to either be secular or confined to the CAC ghetto. It’s all good.

  • Mom in the Suburbs

    Country/Christian music is not my thing, so I won’t be buying, but he sounds great. Congrats to him, sincerely.

    On the show I liked Danny at the beginning. Still love the tone of this voice, and was impressed with his performance at the concert. At the after-signing outside, he was so friendly, and I was glad to give him encouragement by telling him that I loved his performance, even though I’m an Adam-fan. He was a truly lovely gentleman when I met him, and he even sang Happy Birthday to my daughter at the after-signing. I believe he’s grown a lot through this experience, that he was very sheltered before, but that might just be me.

  • jga94

    ^Thanks for the lyrics….the lyrics are actually good,,,not cheesy,not a preachy at all…I think.

  • http://www.twitter.com/halfie6 halfie

    The song is a good one for Danny, though, and I can definitely see the appeal for country stations and Christian stations.

    Structurally, the way each verse each verse describes a different scenario of someone in trouble and challenges the listener to relate them? Reminds me of “What It’s Like” by Everlast. That’s a great song, full of edge and powerful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vWhdz5svvQ

  • girlygirl

    It was okay. Very “inspirational” lyrics, pretty but bland melody. Danny sounded very breathy for much of the song, then the power in his vocals kicked in.

    I’m not a country or Christian music fan, so I won’t be buying this. But I can see it doing fairly well on Christian radio and maybe on coutnry radio (although it wasn’t all that country to my ears — but as I say I’m not a coutry music person, so what do I know)

    I’m unclear as to why they decided to premiere it on Nov. 6 if it won’t be available on iTuens until Dec. 14. Can radio stations play it between now and then?

  • auntieaimee

    Sounds like Danny has found his niche. Hope he has some success with it.

  • ilovenpt123

    The song is good and I think Danny has a nice voice for it.

    I, however, was put off by Danny’s idol tour inspirational speech which stopped the momentum of the show and it went on way too long. That was a downer. I wish him well, though.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com rowenaaine

    Aw, I have to say I’m disappointed. I did enjoy Danny’s voice on tour and was hoping I would like his music. Judging by the sound of this (albeit via crappy computer speaker at work), I’m not loving it and had to turn it off. *sigh* Sorry Danny. Please come out with something a little more lively and that showcases your soulful voice.

  • Bethlyn

    Like it or not, Daniel J. Gokey appears to have a huge hit on his hands.

    So many people are going to relate to the message within this song, especially now.

    I really like the beautiful soft tone and falsetto he used in this song. Can’t wait to see what else he has in store with his album in the spring.

  • Organic

    The line “It’s only Jesus” is a direct reference to the bible verse that says when you do this to the least of these, you do it unto Me. Could see this possibly getting some Christian airplay if he markets to those stations. I’m sure he’s wanting to be sincere in what he sings, and it’ll take alot to live up to what he’s singing here.

  • http://www.twitter.com/halfie6 halfie

    Here are the lyrics for What It’s Like for comparison to It’s Only. (NOTE: I’m not implying any kind of “gate”, I was just struck by the structural similarity — the songs are quite different, obviously).

    We’ve all seen the man at the liquor store beggin’ for your change
    The hair on his face is dirty, dreadlocked and full of mange
    He ask the man for what he could spare with shame in his eyes
    Get a job you fuckin’ slob’s all he replied

    God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes
    ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to sing the blues
    Then you really might know what it’s like [x4]

    Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom who said he was in love
    He said don’t worry about a thing baby doll I’m the man you’ve been dreamin’ of
    But three months later he said he won’t date her or return her call
    And she sweared god damn if I find that man I’m cuttin’ off his balls
    And then she heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin’ through the doors
    They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore

    God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes
    ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose
    Then you really might know what it’s like [x4]

    I’ve seen a rich man beg
    I’ve seen a good man sin
    I’ve seen a tough man cry
    I’ve seen a loser win
    And a sad man grin
    I heard an honest man lie
    I’ve seen the good side of bad
    And the down side of up
    And everything between
    I licked the silver spoon
    Drank from the golden cup
    Smoked the finest green
    I stroked the fattest dimes at least a couple of times
    Before I broke their heart
    You know where it ends
    Yo, it usually depends on where you start

    I knew this kid named Max
    He used to get fat stacks out on the corner with drugs
    He liked to hang out late at night
    Liked to get shit faced
    And keep pace with thugs
    Until late one night there was a big gun fight
    Max lost his head
    He pulled out his chrome .45
    Talked some shit
    And wound up dead
    Now his wife and his kids are caught in the midst of all of his pain
    You know it crumbles that way
    At least that’s what they say when you play the game

    God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news
    ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose
    Then you really might know what it’s like [x3]

    To have to lose…

  • mmb

    hated him on show, LOVED him on tour, not liking this record at all — not my taste and don’t like his breathy singing…oh well…so far I love 3 out of the 5 idol s8 releases (FYE, TfM and FIBOU), not a bad average

  • FifthHouseSun

    Kenny Rogers. Danny’s got a Kenny Rogers sound here. And he could only hope for that size career.

    He’s got a shot if he embraces The Country. Solidly, cheeringly embraces. Like “Of course I’ve got a place in Nashville! Love it! Milwaukee always be home. But Nashville – Love it! Love the people. The music. So much talent in Nashville, it’s inspiring just to live there”. Gotta talk the talk.

    Country Radio is serious business, and he shoulda been returning those DJ’s “see you in Nashville” smiley cheer with the same level of “You bet!”. And “My first CMA, can’t wait. Be an honor just to be there in the audience with all the greats”. The “goes beyond the mental” heartfeltness he expressed about his song in the interview has to be there all the time.

    Fan service, Radio service, big smiling warmth, all that matters. Michael Sarver was made for that half of Country. For his future’s sake, hope Danny can learn it.

  • canada

    im a fan of the op 4 this year on idol. so far this is my fa song from any of them,i usually dont like country but this is a nice song,all danny haters come out to play now.

  • rockvixen

    That was nice. I was pleasantly surprised I liked it. Doesn’t scream hit though by any means however I’m happy for him and his fans that he now has made his presence known in country music.Not the best single released this season imo FYE is the hit.

  • snlw

    All I have to say is that the label was very good at tricking Danny into something he didn’t want to sing initially.. lol

  • jpfan

    I think this is his introduction to country song. It establishes him and they still have time to put out a second single before the album drops in March. That makes the most sense to me for the long lead time.

    Country seems like a grass roots type of genre.

  • Valentin432

    Didn’t like it but I never listen to country or christian contemporary, his singing is not helping either.
    It will be interesting to see if Danny can sell in the country world.

  • jga94

    Halfie

    I think country songs (and even CCMs) have a tendency to have lyrics like that–like ur telling a story about a personal acquaintance…I’m sure there are a lot more songs like that that have similarities with the song

  • holeighannie

    I love country music…this, I do not like. It’s not bad, it’s just crazy boring…I really hope I don’t get stuck listening to this when I’m in the shower or something, when I can’t escape, haha.

  • googletot

    IMO it’s the best single from the four top performers this season.

  • believeme

    The song is ok, not my cup of tea. I think this season was overrated. Don’t like the whispering at the beginning. I like the yelling part, it is totally different compare to Dream On’s yelling. The yeah-yeah part, (not much follow him, IMO is a part of his signature during AI) just like a version of Adult Archuleta.

  • anthrogeek

    Uh,,,so this is it??? Where’s the rest of it? Oh, that was it? Well, it was a little bland and tedious for me, and I kept waiting for some sort of crescendo or climax, or something – how do I know, since it never happened? I suppose his actual voice sounded OK if you can get past the smarmy lyrics.

    The timing is quite curious to me, since there’s no CD release for, not weeks, but months! Where’s the fire to get this out there? Trying to capitalize on the pub for the Top 3, I guess – a “me, too!” moment.

    Maybe since I’m not into country and am neither religious nor sentimental, it’s just me, so I shall now tip-toe slowly back towards the door from whence I came in. Pretend you never saw me, folks…. carry on.

  • glamertitis

    Does he sound “lispy” to anyone else? Not sure if that is the right description, but there is slurring over some of his words in the song at the beginning?
    The song is ok, liked him better on the Santana type works though.
    I like Danny and wish him the best for his career. (I always thought he would be second after Adam.)

  • PattyH

    This song reminds me of everything I hate about Country music. Could the lyrics be any more country? It should do really well!
    Yes, he sounds very lispy to me also. It was the first thing I noticed.

  • BeckyMD

    maybe it’s just me, the song and Danny’s voice is too sugary for my ears.

  • rduren

    I lasted 10 seconds, couldn’t listen to it anymore. Further prove of why he didn’t win Idol.

  • SashaB

    Wow, who would have thought that Danny Gokey would have the best single out of this AI8 class. Good for Danny. Great song for his voice.

  • Cate

    Uh,,,so this is it??? Where’s the rest of it? Oh, that was it? Well, it was a little bland and tedious for me, and I kept waiting for some sort of crescendo or climax, or something ‘“ how do I know, since it never happened? I suppose his actual voice sounded OK if you can get past the smarmy lyrics.

    I have to say, anthro, that I agree with you completely. There are a lot of country songs that I enjoy very much, but this will never be one of them. I’d rather listen to What It’s Like for inspiration.

    Also, I agree with mj that this is very aspirational. LOL. Too breathy for me.

  • bmms

    Meh, did not care for this single. Yes, agree with Glamertitis… he sounds lispy. Although, my favorite ‘religious’ song and a very personal one for that matter will always be ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’ and no one can sing it like Ms. Carrie. I hated Danny’s version on AI. Danny will not be an outstanding country star, IMO. Wish him luck though.

  • sma11ie

    Did not like Danny on Idol at all, but actually like his voice. Was hoping he’d get decent songs, but this was just aite for me. Very bland. It fits right in that space that bridges CCM and Country though, IMO, which makes sense for him. But he can sing better than this, I think. And not to be callous, but hearing the reaction from that emotional fan at the end was very uncomfortable for me. I just don’t understand the weepy effect Danny has on some people. I’d rather just hear him sing good songs and not have to relate it to his personal tragedy. Not sure I’m expressing this correctly, but yeah, I think it’s a personal thing. I just get very uncomfortable.

  • yinyang

    I wasn’t a fan of Danny’s, but think that this song gives him a good chance of success. His voice comes through well, (and I think it will have appeal), and the song is appropriate for him. I can see him singing the song at fund-raisers for his charity, maybe for Idol Gives Back, and it could definitely touch a lot of people in these difficult times. Well done.

  • justshootme

    I think country songs (and even CCMs) have a tendency to have lyrics like that’“like ur telling a story about a personal acquaintance’ ¦I’m sure there are a lot more songs like that that have similarities with the song

    Mmm hmmm. Not just country. I think of TLC’s Waterfalls. Same idea.

    Danny’s voice sounds good on this. The style’s just not my thing. I won’t be dl’ing. On the other hand, I really like the Everlast. Off to dl that. Thanks halfie.

  • Reflections On Life

    ok but danny could do much better. he needs a song w/ more soul, blues, and rock in it, to bring out the bluesier side of his voice, the part that made him danny, the kind of songs that carrie and rascall flatts sing. unf this song is just straight-up country, and danny doesn’t have that rich mellifluous baritone that country musc needs for making these lyrics poignant. i can hear george strait, hec even bucky covington, singing this, but danny’s voice isn’t deep, and he just gets drowned out by the music & arrangement.

    the song esp the lyrics are abs ready-made for a CMT video, though. i can totally picture the video, storytelling the song. if this song becomes successful, it will be through heavy CMT rotation.

  • Squirrely

    hated him on show, LOVED him on tour, not liking this record at all

    whoa are you me…

  • season8fan

    I think he’s the best male voice on country radio. The male American Idols who have gone country haven’t done so well, but I think Danny will bring some vocal talent to the charts again.
    I do have to say that I was disappointed with the song too but it is exactly the kind of song that Danny wanted so I guess we can give the Lady Antebellum guys credit for that. Maybe the record label will sway him to better songs in the future just as they did to get him to sing in this genre.

  • Squirrely

    I agree with Reflections I was hoping for more of a Country/Soul sound – not this. I’m very disappointed which rather surprises me, didn’t think I would be feeling anything at all.

  • AllenTX

    I don’t listen to country much except maybe a little Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, so I don’t know whether this is good or not. To me, it’s kind of sappy and forgettable. His voice doesn’t sound that good either compare to other country singers’ strong, booming voice which I love.

  • Bethlyn

    The more I listen to this song, the more I love it. This song is going to be a huge hit.

    For those of you considering throwing your shoes at me right now, please take note, I also adore FYE and LLWD.

  • steph6449

    I think he’s the best male voice on country radio.

    Even as a Danny fan, I’m not sure I can go that far depending on how you’d define ‘best voice.’ I do think though, Danny is really a vocalist, where most male country singers just sing in a pretty straightward way through their songs.
    In addition to the raspy/growly qualities and power of Danny’s voice, this song also uses Danny’s range very well, which is something that he has and a lot of male country artists don’t. (Or maybe they have it, but don’t use it as their melodies run in a pretty narrow range a lot of the time.)
    It’s a better use of Danny’s range than FYE was for Adam, I think. (Disappointed with FYE that it took minimal advantage of one of Adam’s distinctive strengths through most of the song.)

  • PattyH

    Totally agree with Reflections. Where’s Danny’s Soul sound?! That’s what’s missing!

  • wordnerdarchie

    This song will do very well. If you don’t like inspirational or Christian music as a genre, it’s obvious you won’t like this because you won’t be open to the message. But if you are a regular listener to this style of music, you’ll love this song. It fits Danny and what he’s all about. Well done.

  • weareallinnocent

    Not for me. Pretty bland and boring. I’m not hearing Danny’s sound either. That’s unfortunate.

    I’m no country fan by any stretch. But I do own and enjoy some of what’s out there. Just not this. He can do better. And, he’s better than this.

    IMO, they should not have rushed out a single just to catch the November wave. With this song, I fear he’ll just drown in it rather than ride it.

    P.S. I don’t hate inspirational, just any song that has the term “repo man” in it. :-)

  • yeahyeahsure

    It’s ok… Not really my cup of tea. I can’t even recognize his voice.

  • Dr. Tracey

    Yuck.

  • cookcricket

    Not sure what to say. It’s a pretty song and I like the message. However, nothing stands out on it, nothing special. The best part of Danny, to me, is his voice but not ‘how’ he sings. The voice is not really capitalized on with this song, imo. I have only listened once and because I want him to be able to succeed I may try it again.

  • ravengirl

    Way too cheesy-country-Christian for me, but beyond that is it the production of the song that mutes Gokey’s voice or has he decided to tone down his voice? Grateful, though, that he hit that very high note toward the end — that could have been painful.

  • LakesideUK

    The last 40 seconds where he cuts loose a bit are okay. The rest? Very bland.

    I am no lover of Mr Gokey but he’s better than this material, IMO.

  • Niall

    Slick production. Sounds like a male version of “Jesus Take the Wheel.”They clearly just told him to stand there and sing. I think the lyrics suit him but the country production around him fits him like a suit that is three sizes too small. RCA Nashville can push this and make it a radio hit but Danny comes across at this point as such a carpetbagger and bandwagon jumper that they’ve got their work cut out for them.

    If he was going to sing inspirational music, why not just go the Christian route with Word? Why bother faking his way through country music?

    On the other hand, this song makes me think Danny could do one heck of a cover of that cheesy Christmas classic “Mama’s Shoes” or whatever that dreck is called.

  • smartalek

    “This song will do very well. If you don’t like inspirational or Christian music as a genre, it’s obvious you won’t like this because you won’t be open to the message. But if you are a regular listener to this style of music, you’ll love this song. It fits Danny and what he’s all about. Well done.”

    Wow this is NOT my thing. The only country music I can stand is basically Carrie Underwood, a little Rascal Flatts, and the poppy Taylor Swift. I’m just not into country at all, I guess. And I definitely have no use for Christian contemporary. It’s too bad, cuz I like Danny just not this type of music. If he puts out more upbeat singles in future, I will buy. This would be better if the chorus went higher and got faster. Not enough tempo change. And the lyrics are way too sappy and Christian or wtvr. Oy.

  • adamisthemanfan

    I didnt really like it. All the soulfulness in his voice is gone…Bottom line this genre of music is not for his style of singing…the idea he originally had about which musical direction he wanted to take was good, this is not.
    I just wish he would just follow his instincts and do what he wants to do even if it is risky and stop listening to all the crap ppl are telling him.
    He’s a great singer and this song doesn’t do him justice.
    It could very well be successful, but I certainly wont be buying any of this music. Its all just too contrived…forced even.
    I feel bad for him…he has a lot of potential and hes throwing it away with this type of music.

  • smartalek

    A song like what hurts the most is better for Danny. Danny should have gone more country. This song is too Christian contemporary sounding. I think that’s the real problem. Soul country worked on Danny and that’s where he should have stayed. (Even though his original background was Christian contemporary, if this is typical of the music in country Christian sound, then IT sucks)

  • Margie

    It is a pretty song but it sounds like a thousand others. I think I might have loved it if Danny had used more of his growly voice; made it a rougher sounding song. Good for him anyway.

  • Daniel B

    Well, that was interesting, and much better than what I expected.

    In my biased and purely subjective opinion, Danny just smoked all of the other season 8 Idols with this; it’s the best single from any of them by a country mile (no pun intended).

    It didn’t sound very country to me though, just country enough to qualify.

    His voice sounds fantastic in this, the single is perfect for showcasing his strengths. The lyrics are endearing too, it’s just a lovely song in general, but I do think the chorus could stand to be a little catchier. Still, I think this will do well for Danny, and I stand by my original premise that Danny will be this year’s Daughtry (the contestant voted out earlier than expected who will be a ‘surprise’ success anyway).

    On the show I was much more of a Kris fan than Danny (probably because Kris reminded me so much of the awesome David Cook) but Danny’s voice just sounds stellar on this. Still hoping that Kris and Allison do well (and even though Adam isn’t my cup of tea I also wish him well) but I think Danny has put out the most solid first single. Should be interesting to see how it does.

  • julieitis

    Heh, it’s hard to set aside my DannyDistaste and try to be impartial. I’m not much of a Country fan (Cowboy Casanova is more my taste) but I thought he did a credible job with this. I hope it does well for him.

  • leome

    LOL I like his voice, but this is impossible cheese and awful. The la ra la ras make me laugh.
    Oh well, good luck man. I won’t be your audience.

  • dietcoke

    Ummm, sorry Danny, not this one. Will still check out his album though.

  • canuck

    I think this is a hit in the making just in time for the holiday market.

    Right now it is vanilla but it really does showcase Danny’s vocal versatility. I think it could stand to be cleaned up a little – sometimes I can’t make out what he is saying and I could do without the Jesus reference.

    This is a win song and pure Danny. I’m sure it will be tweaked a little more before they release it. I can hear ths playing at Christmas for sure.

  • steph6449


    In my biased and purely subjective opinion, Danny just smoked all of the other season 8 Idols with this; it’s the best single from any of them by a country mile (no pun intended).

    It didn’t sound very country to me though, just country enough to qualify.

    His voice sounds fantastic in this, the single is perfect for showcasing his strengths. The lyrics are endearing too, it’s just a lovely song in general, but I do think the chorus could stand to be a little catchier. Still, I think this will do well for Danny, and I stand by my original premise that Danny will be this year’s Daughtry (the contestant voted out earlier than expected who will be a ‘surprise’ success anyway).

    On the show I was much more of a Kris fan than Danny (probably because Kris reminded me so much of the awesome David Cook) but Danny’s voice just sounds stellar on this. Still hoping that Kris and Allison do well (and even though Adam isn’t my cup of tea I also wish him well) but I think Danny has put out the most solid first single. Should be interesting to see how it does. ‘

    ITA, except with the part about being a Kris fan (sorry, lol) and Adam not being my cuppa. Love David Cook though, a lot of Danny fans do.

    Of the other singles so far, surprises me quite a bit to say, but TfM actually would probably have to be my pick in addition to Danny’s here — which from the point of view of a Danny fan, is pretty darn satisfying and a good representation of what he’s about vocally and personally.

  • CindyM

    I think it’s pretty good. His voice sounds so much higher than usual though. Is it just me?? I always liked the “grit” in Danny’s voice, and it seems to be missing here. It’s a little corny for me, don’t like the “la dee dah’s, but I hope he’ll do well.

    Danny’s got a great connection with a live audience, I agree with MJ. At my concert, I thought the audience response for Danny was only second to Adam’s, so I think he’s got a great shot at doing well with his chosen genre.

  • season8fan

    This is typical of how he would do songs in Idol, bringing out the belty parts toward the end of the songs. Remember? When he does that, he is incredible.

  • Lulu2

    This is about ten times better than most country songs. What I hate the most (ha, ha) about country is the way most of it is lacking much melody. There may be a five or six closely situated notes, but whatever little melody there is, lots of country singers use it over and over again with minor variations. The sappy lyrics are what matters. But Danny’s song eschews the standard, fall-back country note arrangement, has a decent melody and the lyrics aren’t all that sappy. So, good.

  • glamfan

    it’s ok- i’m a christian but here’s my problem with “contemporary christian music:” why does christian music have to sound the same? the music can be just as important as the message. i admire groups like paramore and owl city, because they are christians and incorporate certain themes into their lyrics but they appeal to everyone and their music is original.

  • joeschmoe319

    Dammit, just going in to one minute of this, I tuned out. Seriously. As someone has said, f you’re a fan of cheesy, you’ll like this. As for me, nah.

  • SBC

    I love it!!!

    It’s christian/country music with its inspirational messages but without the accent.

    I think Gokey has a hit in his hand.

  • JosieX

    I am happy. There’s that voice I love, in a very pretty and touching song. We’ve done the single release thing on here a few times now so I’ve learned that the actual quality of the sound is going to be significantly better than what it’s possible to capture with the (much appreciated, thank you MJ!) recording off the radio. And it already sounds beautiful, so that’s great!

    I don’t know very much about modern country music, I know there is some of it that I don’t care for too much (the country “pop” stuff), but I think I will like what Danny brings to it, I doubt if he will torment me with songs about line dancing in bars and that sort of thing. ;) I am not religious but I was brought up in church, so the religious references are very familiar and not offensive at all to me. The lyric about the old lady smiling to see the pretty people in their Sunday best really touched my heart, I will admit it. I think this song will really resonate with people.

    I thought Danny did a nice job in his interview, he sounds a bit humbled by all this and very sweet, which is how I think he actually is, but he sounds as if he has gained in confidence too, and comes across as calm and centered. Or maybe he was just sleepy! But he did a really good job on talking about the song, I thought.

    I am pleased. I look forward to hearing more songs from Danny. I think this sweet, inspirational type of song will just be one type of song that he does. I think we will also hear songs of the “burn the house down” variety that he can do with that big voice. I think this one is a good choice to introduce him to the country market, it’s not the complete picture of who he is but it carries a lot of information about who he is.

  • summersnow

    Seems like most people on this blog dun like the song…I think this is actually a good debut effort from Danny. His raw, growlly voice always projects great deal of emotion in whatever he sings. His control of falsetto is good too. I would not be surprised if he did well in country genre. Someone mentioned earlier that this is like Carrie’s “Jesus takes The Wheel” which was a huge success, isn’t it? I think he could have unexpected success (and I’m saying this as a Kris’s fan).

  • Niall

    Poor Danny. If only he’d been allowed to pair the lyrics with a cool salsa and r&b beat, he’d be the happiest lil guy on earth right now…

  • Jx223

    I like this song. I think that it’s a nice song and that it suits Danny. I like it better than I do Kris, Allison and Adam’s first singles. I think that Danny could end up doing decently with this song. :)

  • steph6449

    I think this sweet, inspirational type of song will just be one type of song that he does. I think we will also hear songs of the ‘burn the house down’  variety that he can do with that big voice.

    I enjoyed this song. Although the message is ~sweet, I didn’t find the melody line to be overly sweet or subdued. In live performance, I actually think Danny may well be burning the house down as the song builds and goes into the last third or so. There are some moments in it where, if he chooses, I think he could take it into a similar vocal/emotional high as he did with WHTM on the AI tour.

  • Fabulosity

    Posted this on other thread
    Ok, Here’s my take on it. It is a very pretty song, will do well on Christian
    stations, maybe country. I thought his voice was breathy and a little weak, which weak is usually not a word i would use for Danny’s voice, it wasn’t until the very end until I really heard Danny. The power and the conviction in his voice just wasn’t there in the beginning, but I still liked it.
    When it came to the guys on AI, I always thought Danny had the 2nd best voice., so I am looking to hear more from him.

  • bjames

    totally the male version of “Jesus take the wheel”.

    Not terrible, but about what I expected.

  • aek

    I don’t have much time for comment, but I liked this song much better than I thought that I would. I am pleasantly surprised. It’s a pretty song, and I think Danny’s voice sounds beautiful. I wish it had a longer, more power ballady chorus just because I love to hear Danny let loose on a chorus like “What Hurts the Most”, but I think it’s a nice song, and it fits Danny, and I can tell it’s Danny. That’s a good thing.

    I gotta say that for me, it’s the most listenable of the idol singles thus far, but alot of that just depends on what type of music you like. I always like the idols on the show, where they are singing hit songs, and then their music comes out and it’s either just not that good or not what you would listen to. I will buy both Danny’s and Adam’s cds, though.

    I’m interested to hear what else is on Danny’s album. But I’m happy for him. I think he has done a good job. He sounded really tired in that interview, though.
    Thanks for posting this mj!

  • steph6449

    Danny’s getting some very favorable comments from the country music blogger Matt Bjorke (roughstock.com) on his single.

    When Danny signed his deal he said that he loved the fact that he could sing mainstream songs which had messages and didn’t hide his faith, something he does with ‘It’s Only.’  With a voice that recalls Larry Stewart of Restless Heart at times and Lionel Richie in others, Gokey sings a message song that proclaims that love can and is all around us from various places, including Jesus and church. This is a song that recalls ‘Jesus Takes The Wheel,’  in that it melds a message of faith and love and giving one’s self up to a higher power in a time of need. The production from Mark Bright is crisp and never over the top. You can hear the acoustic mandolin and fiddle in the background while Gokey singls the message-filled lyric in a soft, tender and tuneful way.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I can’t listen at work…(I shouldn’t even be posting) but I’m happy for him. I hope his career takes off.

  • Fabulosity

    I have only listened once and because I want him to be able to succeed I may try it again.

    Ok, That is what I did. I listened to it 3 times now and it is already growing on me. I am an Adam fan, with FYE I just want to dance and have fun, with T4M it pulls me at my heart. Kris’s LLWD does nothing for me. I like some Country music and some Christian music so I can see myself on a nice Sunday day listening to Danny and pulling at my heart. I think it is a good debut song but want to hear more of that soul in him.

  • Jx223

    I don’t have much time for comment, but I liked this song much better than I thought that I would. I am pleasantly surprised. It’s a pretty song, and I think Danny’s voice sounds beautiful. I wish it had a longer, more power ballady chorus just because I love to hear Danny let loose on a chorus like ‘What Hurts the Most’ , but I think it’s a nice song, and it fits Danny, and I can tell it’s Danny. That’s a good thing.

    I gotta say that for me, it’s the most listenable of the idol singles thus far, but alot of that just depends on what type of music you like. I always like the idols on the show, where they are singing hit songs, and then their music comes out and it’s either just not that good or not what you would listen to. I will buy both Danny’s and Adam’s cds, though.

    I’m interested to hear what else is on Danny’s album. But I’m happy for him. I think he has done a good job. He sounded really tired in that interview, though.
    Thanks for posting this mj

    !

    Hi aek. :)

    I think that this song is the most listenable out of the idols singles so far as well, and I agree that it does sound like Danny. I could see Danny letting loose more on a live version of this song. I am definitely looking forward to Danny’s CD.

  • steph6449

    Looks like a makeover to Danny’s myspace, pic must be one from his recent photoshoot?

    http://www.myspace.com/dannygokey

  • JosieX

    steph, I like that picture of Danny on his myspace, and I am so happy that his hair is not standing straight up! He looks really good.

  • JosieX

    I am playing the song on his myspace link, and the sound quality is better, you can hear his voice and the lyrics more clearly.

  • steph6449

    steph, I like that picture of Danny on his myspace, and I am so happy that his hair is not standing straight up! He looks really good.

    I think so too. (and yes, me too re that middle comment–the subject of much discussion among some danny fans, although not here at mj’s. lol)

  • JosieX

    I actually think Danny may well be burning the house down as the song builds and goes into the last third or so. There are some moments in it where, if he chooses, I think he could take it into a similar vocal/emotional high as he did with WHTM on the AI tour.

    steph, I think you are right.

  • monte

    Just got home from work and just listened to the song for the first time. I don’t normally really like songs the first time I hear them – usually takes a few listens but I really like the song. I agree with MJ that this is right in Danny’s wheelhouse. Out of all the four who have released singles, this song is the most true to the artist. This is exactly what I expected from Danny and I believe his fans will be happy with this song.

  • PJG

    Thanks for the MySpace Link! I think Danny looks hot in that pic, although I want some pics of him without glasses once in a while.
    Don’t despair-those of you who want more soul, power and Gokey Growl in Danny songs; I’m 100% positive we will get that on the album. I think they made a smart move coming out with a debut that plays more to the country crowd (they know they have Danny’s base and they’re going for new fans) and also is appropriate for Christmas, and is also much different that the other debuts so far.
    I love powerful, soulful (and sexy) Danny the best, but this song truly does showcase his vocal ability, shows who he is (Lady Antebellum did a great job writing for him) and is beautiful.

  • Jx223

    steph, Josie and PJG, I like that picture of Danny on his myspace. :) I wouldn’t be surprised if that pic was from his photoshoot, if it was it looks like his photoshoot could have taken place outside. I also am glad to see that he has his own youtube channel now,.

  • St.Lucia

    I’m not sure why I even gave this a listen.

    Curiosity killed the cat I guess.

    I don’t want to say I hate Danny, I strongly dislike I suppose is a better term because I don’t hate a man I don’t know.

    I gave it a listen I suppose for the reason that I wanted to see if he proved me wrong.

    And I’ll keep it positive. It is in Danny’s wheelhouse. It doesn’t really sound “country” to me, or more or less Danny doesn’t sound country to me. You can twang the song all up you want to, but I don’t hear “country” when Danny sings.

    I think it can do well, I guess, maybe not in the country market but the Christian market. So yay for Danny!

    On a personal level I can’t stand it and it was a one listen. I can’t personally stand songs like this and it’s not because I’m anti-Christian but they don’t make me “feel” anything except uncomfortable.

  • skat-girl@allycatlover

    It’s been 18 months and 14 Days”
    Bobby can’t get him a job
    Repo man’s gonna take his van I hear
    Bobby’s giving up on God
    He needs a hand up and not a hand out
    Hey, everybody’s gotta suffer
    Don’t worry, Don’t worry
    It’s only my brother
    Where is that poverty line
    I’ve never really seen it
    Look around I’m doing fine
    I’m not really sure I believe it
    On the other side of town schools are falling down
    But me I’m riding in style
    Don’t worry, don’t worry
    It’s only a child
    There’s a homeless woman with a shopping cart
    Living on the street
    Lord knows she can’t come in here where the pretty people meet
    We’re all dressed in our Sunday best
    And she smiles when she sees us
    Don’t worry it’s only Jesus
    There’s a the face in the mirror
    A man that I can be
    Lord won’t you open my eyes
    Won’t you help me see
    A hungry child needs more than a piece of bread
    Brother needs a job to get ahead
    And the homeless a place to lay their head
    And as much as I’ve been giving
    I could never give enough
    Don’t worry it’s only love
    It’s only love
    When you’re lonely you’re empty
    Only one thing can fill you up
    And it’s only it’s only it’s only love”
    the lyrics are so bad there unintentionally funny. It’s trying so hard to be a big sad inspirational song that it comes across so funny. It’s like the lyrics to parody of his song that madtv or SNL did but it’s the actual song. Also this song seems a lot more Christian then country. IMO

  • erinnthered

    The production value is lower than I thought it would be. The lyrics sound clunky too. I’m kinda surprised…unless maybe this is a recent country/ inspirational style that I’m not aware of.

    I’m sure it’ll do fine on CAC? Even then, CAC expects high production value these days…

  • PJG

    “I can’t personally stand songs like this and it’s not because I’m anti-Christian but they don’t make me ‘feel’  anything except uncomfortable.”
    I can understand being uncomfortable listening to religious songs; I myself do NOT listen to CCM or gospel.
    Having said that, I just don’t get a religious vibe from this song; sure he mentions church and Jesus, but I just really got more of a “Look in the mirror and think about what you have, then what you can do for others” kind of a feel from it.
    Not that I’m anti-religion in songs anyway; love U2’s “Yahweh” on their Atomic Bomb album. Or You Found Me by the Fray, which has religious overtones also. Songs like that strike me as more religious as Danny’s, which actually has more of a “peace corp” vibe to me. But maybe that’s just me.

  • JosieX

    I am not hearing low production value. Several people mentioned that it reminded them of Carrie’s “Jesus Take the Wheel”, which I don’t think I’ve ever listened to so I just played it on youtube. The production does sound similar, I know Mark Bright has produced Carrie, but does anyone know if JTTW was a Mark Bright song? The songs are different but the “sound” seems consistent.

  • http://twitter.com/glamtwinkle twinkle

    i had to turn it off… it’s like every bad christian/country cliche combined. i listen to country music all the time but these songs are just a little too much. i guess if it is on christian stations it is one thing, but if this came up on my country station i would change the channel. maybe it’s just too forced and not genuine? or a little too pushy with the preaching…. but i guess that also sums up how i have always felt about Danny.

  • HotHotHot

    Don’t like the song but Danny’s voice sounds pretty good.

  • CFIdolsfan

    the lyrics are so bad there unintentionally funny. It’s trying so hard to be a big sad inspirational song that it comes across so funny. It’s like the lyrics to parody of his song that madtv or SNL did but it’s the actual song. Also this song seems a lot more Christian then country. IMO

    If they are so bad, then the guys from Lady Antebellum don’t know what they are doing. I like them because they speak of reality and what can be done to make it better. I have heard worse lyrics. I will take inspiration any day over some of the garbage that some who are supposedly such great artists want to feed me.

  • shell29

    I’m not a fan of country music at all, but I like this new single from Danny and will probably purchase it when it becomes available. I’ve always liked Danny’s voice, and I think he sounds great on this track. The lyrics aren’t too cheesy for me, and I agree that the song is right in Danny’s wheelhouse. I still don’t quite see Danny as a “country” singer (he’s more R&B/Soul to me), but maybe he’ll be able to pull this off. I wish him well and hope he has a hit on his hands with this single. I think this definitely get some airplay on Christian radio. I hope country audiences will embrace him.

  • CSFan

    It’s like they knew Danny would be a hard sell as a Johnny Come Lately to country music so they had him record a song crammed with every country music cliche you can think of, except a cheatin’ wife or dead dog.

    I think he’ll do a bit better than Phil Stacey but I don’t think Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, or even the lower level stars like Joe Nichols have anything at all to worry about.

  • ESW

    This song is beautiful – and this is coming from a huge fan of Adam’s who called Danny Jokey the whole season. Good for him.

  • steph6449

    so they had him record a song crammed with every country music cliche you can think of, except a cheatin’ wife or dead dog.

    mmv obviously, but this song was written by two of the members of one of the hottest new groups on the country scene in recent years. In the country market and for Danny’s main audience, I think this will be well-received for him. [ And was there ever actually a country song about a dead dog? Lol. ]

    Danny doesn’t need to try and take fans away from established stars. He just needs to make his own niche in a diverse playing field of country artists. His vocals are distinctive enough that differentiating himself from other country male singers today should be fairly easy. It’s just a question whether people will like that difference that he brings into the scene. So far any country industry types who I’ve seen online commenting about his single have been favorable. Danny and his team have got to be happy with comments like these:

    Gokey sing’s the message-filled lyric in a soft, tender and tuneful way.
    ‘It’s Only’  is a smartly produced song that proves that Danny Gokey can sing and the vocalist does have a place in country music.
    …this one is a perfect winter/spring single and a good lead-off track for a new artist to release to radio.

    That writer is recognizing for one thing, that Danny is a vocalist, not a straight by the numbers singer like a lot of male country acts. And he’s welcoming the idea of that kind of vocal ability and song treatment in current country music.
    So good for Danny.

  • adamaloha

    I just got around to listening to this. It’s pretty! It suits Danny’s voice perfectly. I think he may have a hit with this single.

  • sagi

    [ And was there ever actually a country song about a dead dog? Lol. ]

    Actually, yes! Confederate Railroad – She never cried (When Old Yeller Died) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezt5QahWf7Q LOL

  • steph6449

    Actually, yes!

    Ha, although I don’t think I’ll check it out. Love dogs, hate sad dog stories :(

  • Amepe777

    One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to music is when the singer sounds breathy or airy. It just makes their voice sound weak and the music loses its purity. Danny is airy throughout this song. During Idol he always had a problem with phrasing and breath control so this really isn’t a surprise to me but I was really hoping I would be wrong. Sorry Danny…but this song just doesn’t do it for me.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I didn’t like it. Very schmaltzy. Only made it to 1 min and 30 secs or so. I like country, but the only thing that was vaguely country about it was some of the instrumentation. I don’t listen to Contemporary Christian music, so maybe it will be a fit there?

    Also, I don’t listen to country radio (I tend to pick and choose the country tunes I listen to), but I have a hard time seeing this breathy, wimpy song competing against some of the richer voiced male Country artists out there today.

    That said, I am often very wrong in my predictions. :)

  • Kipper

    I think Danny’s voice sounds FANTASTIC on this song! I can’t wait to hear the rest of his CD ~ and Danny has every right to success, just like any other Idol. He has a beautiful voice, and I do believe this will be a HIT. So glad the response on the radio was fantastic too! I’m SO EXCITED for him! He’s a very sweet guy!

  • sagi

    LOL. Decent song, but whats up with the ‘ladada’s ??

    Well it was either gonna be ladadas, or doobie, doos!”

    LOL, in the live version there will be all the above and a few self applauds and a couple of times he will randomly shout “come on”!

  • ShaynaRayne

    sagi
    11/06/2009 at 8:02 pm
    LOL. Decent song, but whats up with the ‘ladada’s ??

    Well it was either gonna be ladadas, or doobie, doos!’ 

    LOL, in the live version there will be all the above and a few self applauds and a couple of times he will randomly shout ‘come on’ !

    LOL …Sagi.. you tell the truth! lol

  • ptslittlecomment

    http://www.myspace.com/dannygokey

    That’s honestly the best photo of Danny I have ever seen.

  • steph6449

    Comment by another country music blogger, who was initially somewhat skeptical.

    Alright guys, here it is…Danny Gokey’s new song It’s Only.

    So what’s the verdict? I personally really, really like it. I must say that I stand corrected in thinking that Danny and country wouldn’t mix. It’s a really great song and Danny has such a nice voice. And as I told you last night it was written by Dave and Charles from Lady A who did a great job.

  • canuck

    This is a Danny song and I think this will be a hit.

    I do like it. The only part I wish they would drop is the Ladeda …seems kind of random.

  • Lynne

    Danny looks great in his photo. I am not a big fan of country music, but I think Danny sounds good.

  • noctem seizure

    The song sucks, but he has a better recording (but not live) voice than either Adam or Kris.

  • aek

    This is a Danny song and I think this will be a hit.

    I do like it. The only part I wish they would drop is the Ladeda ‘ ¦seems kind of random.

    Well, I don’t know how to predict hit songs. I hope he gets the necessary promotion for this to be a hit. I personally tend to think the song is good enough to be a hit in its genre..

    I purposely told my sister, the HUGE Adam fan, nothing about my thoughts on the song. I wanted her to listen without any influence from me. She listened, and immediately said “I really think this has a chance to get popular.”

    As for the ladeda, I know some people don’t like it, but I actually did like that, even from the first listen. It just kinda served as a nice little bridge for me.

    I’ll cross my fingers that they promote the song well.

  • iluvai

    I think the song is beautiful and that Danny sounds awesome. I do like inspirational music sometimes and I think this is a great song. I agree about the la de da’s, that drove me crazy during AI (when he would add that to songs), but Danny’s voice sounds great. And that photo of him is really nice.

  • Jx223

    As for the ladeda, I know some people don’t like it, but I actually did like that, even from the first listen. It just kinda served as a nice little bridge for me.

    I like that part of the song too.

  • Jupi

    I really like it! Danny’s voice sounds great on it and I love the way he used his beautiful falsetto. I could have done without the “la de da” parts though, lol.

    It does remind me of Jesus Takes The Wheel, and I hope it’ll turn out to be a hit just like that song

  • steph6449

    Today, November 06, 2009, 2 hours ago
    dannygokey: U can now go 2 http://www.dannygokey.com to listen to my new single “its only”. The full website will be ready on 12/8. Thank u all 4 the love

    .Also, another new photo surfacing that looks like part of Danny’s official photo shoot package

    http://www.twitpic.com/ok3yb/full

  • monte

    Okay, I’ve listened to it like 10 times and this is Danny all the way. I am so happy that he did not compromise on this song. It sounds just like Danny. The song has a beautiful message – nothing religious about it all – It’s Only love.

    I am glad that pictures are surfacing from Danny’s photo shoot. So glad to get rid of the pics from AI. He’s looking mighty fine in thos pics.

  • dmr

    When I first heard him singing I thought it was a girl. No lie. It just does not sound like DG at all…well, in a few parts. And this doesn’t sound country to me either. It’s kinda pretty, but I expected the raspiness we heard on idol. It’s just not what I expected at all.

  • steph6449

    It’s kinda pretty, but I expected the raspiness we heard on idol. It’s just not what I expected at all.

    Although this song has a softer part at the beginning, I hear plenty of raspiness and even a bit of the growl toward the middle and end of the song.

    It was worth hearing it on a real mp3 player vs. online with some of the lower quality versions that surfaced today. Danny’s new official myspace has a quality version running, but of course limited by what you play it on. [ For me, my laptop audio isn't that great :( ]

  • PJG

    “As for the ladeda, I know some people don’t like it, but I actually did like that, even from the first listen. It just kinda served as a nice little bridge for me.”

    I love the ladedas; different from Danny’s usual growls and “ohs” but very delicate and pleasing to the ear IMO.

    “He said his homecoming week was the biggest homecoming week turn out for any IDOL in history. As I remember his homecoming coincided with a music fair in the same city. Those people were not there for him.”

    Just have to correct the above factual error. I live in Milwaukee. The whole day was declared Danny Gokey Day in the city by the mayor.
    There was no other event (music fair). After multiple big crowds at events around the city and parade, he gave a concert at the Summerfest grounds, where turnstiles accurately counted everyone leaving the concert (except those leaving by boat, lol so actually there were more!)- 26,000 (which AI stated was the largest turnout). Danny was the only event there-they opened the grounds for him; everyone was there only for him. Hundreds of people sat in line for hours. He then sang the NA to a sold out crowd of Cubs and Brewers fans.
    The above paragraph is not opinion, it is fact.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Eh, it’s not the message, it’s the cheesy song. You can tell a story with great lyrics. Don’t see that here. You can also have terrible lyrics and a great song, and it doesn’t matter. This song has neither. And the vocals… well, I’m trying to figure out why peeps are saying they’re any good. I hear a breathier version of a dude that had no concept of breath support on Idol. I didn’t make it through on the first listen to get to the “growl.” I don’t listen to music for a growl though. *shrugs*

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    As for hometown support, yay for Danny. That’s pretty cool. It can’t make a nationally relevant career, but it probably feels really good.

  • canuck

    <blockquote
    Eh, it’s not the message, it’s the cheesy song. You can tell a story with great lyrics. Don’t see that here. You can also have terrible lyrics and a great song, and it doesn’t matter. This song has neither. And the vocals’ ¦ well, I’m trying to figure out why peeps are saying they’re any good. I hear a breathier version of a dude that had no concept of breath support on Idol. I didn’t make it through on the first listen to get to the ‘growl.’  I don’t listen to music for a growl though. *shrugs*

    So the song sucks and the singing sucks? I dunno, I didn’t think
    so. I think it is pretty impressive, the dude can definitely sing. Yes, I will be buying this.

  • Amepe777

    I hear a breathier version of a dude that had no concept of breath support on Idol.

    Finally someone else who gets it! How about his phrasing on Idol too…that was pretty horrible.

  • Truthiness

    Well definitely not my cuppa. I don’t like the vast majority of country, but especially modern country. And I’m not terribly fond of the religious stuff in country fans. It can just feel so fake to me, or like they’re using it. Not the people, per se, and not this song specifically, just in general, I could do without it.

    And once again it seems that a lot of what made the voice distinctive to the Idol, isn’t present in their first song. And this song has the general generic feel to AI first singles. Oh and yes, his breath control isn’t there. Oh wells, not a big deal.

    I don’t know enough about modern country, except that I turn the station when it comes on, because DNW, but it could very well be a successful song for him. I have no idea about that space. In which case, good for him.

  • thisisourturn

    Danny accomplished what he needed to do with the debut single – that is, keep the fans happy but also reach out to new fans in Country Music. And singing a song by highly respected Country Music writers Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum is a huge honor for a new artist. “It’s Only” works because Danny stayed trued to who is as an artist. This is the kind of music he enjoys doing. ‘My Wish’  was a huge crowd pleasure on the tour.

  • aek

    And singing a song by highly respected Country Music writers Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum is a huge honor for a new artist. ‘It’s Only’  works because Danny stayed trued to who is as an artist. This is the kind of music he enjoys doing. ‘My Wish’  was a huge crowd pleasure on the tour

    I, too, think it’s an honor that he is singing a song by such highly respected country music writers. Also, it’s impressive that he is able to work with such a highly respected producer in Mark Bright. Danny actually knew what he wanted from early on. He was saying that he had met Mark Bright and discussed what he wanted to do with his music back in June. It seems like everything is coming together nicely for him.

    I enjoyed the song. I don’t really listen to country music and being that I’m agnostic, I don’t listen to Christian music either. But the references in this song don’t bother me at all. I respect other people’s beliefs and I find the message of the song to be a universal message of compassion.

    Danny is singing a type of music that he loves. It has the message that he believes in.

    As far as the negativity, it’s the same people every time…so I pretty much expect it at this point.

    There have been a few idols along the way that I didn’t like, and their personalities rubbed me the wrong way. I just never open threads about them or read/listen to their words or works. It’s actually pretty easy.

  • steph6449

    I’m very interested to learn more about who else Danny has been working with. The fact that his single was written by the two guys from Lady Antebellum didn’t leak out at all, they’ve really kept a lid on any details about song selection and other specifics about who he’s collaborating with.

    This seems to be a very intentional strategy. Even with Danny’s single coming out yesterday morning, it wasn’t until pretty late in the day that Danny himself said anything. It was just the Milwaukee country radio station putting out some news the night before, which some weren’t even sure was true as that was the only source. From there, it was strictly a viral process of word making the rounds on twitter and sites like this.

    The Country Music Awards are next week in Nashville, with a lot of country media types coming into town. I’ve seen at least one trying to arrange an interview with Danny for one of their on-air shows that debuts new music. Perhaps some wily interviewers can pry some more information out of him or Mark Bright than we’ve seen before (which is almost none).

  • FolkFan

    My guess is that this will do well. While it is not the flavor of country that I tend to like, certainly Rascal Flatts does very well, and to me, Danny has a better voice than the lead singer of Rascal Flatts.

  • monte

    I was very surprised that the details of his new single were kept under wraps and thrilled that Charles Kelley and Dave Heywood wrote the song. I love Lady Antebellum. I have both their songs “I Run to You” and “Need You Now” on rotation on my Ipod. I did not excpect Danny to be working with such heavy hitters, they are grammy winners. Makes me very excited for his album and to hear who else he has been working with. You can tell that RCA Nashville is treating him much much differently than Kristy Cook. They just rushed everything out trying to make a buck. They are rolling Danny out slowly by introducing his single to fans and radio and not official releasing it until later.y

  • smartalek

    “The song has a beautiful message ‘“ nothing religious about it all ‘“ It’s Only love.”

    Yeah nothing religious aside from the line, “it’s only Jesus.” But it’s country so what can you expect. On my second listen, I was hearing a Carrie Underwood tune with a Danny vocal. I’m personally just not crazy about country I guess.

    Also I would have to disagree with the poster about Danny’s studio voice being better than Adam’s. Danny just took a less processed approach than Adam did for FYE. However, both did studio vocals that fit their respective singles well IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    So the song sucks and the singing sucks? I dunno, I didn’t think
    so. I think it is pretty impressive, the dude can definitely sing. Yes, I will be buying this

    Well, it’s all opinion and taste. Song isn’t to my taste. I’m also not impressed with his vocals. I don’t wish Danny ill will or anything. I’ve tried to like him. Honest.

  • PJG

    When it comes down to it in the end; it doesn’t matter I guess what any of us say. Their success will depend on whether the non AI crowd will like and buy their music.
    I know I’ll be buying Danny’s album, Kris’s album, we’ll see about Adam and Allison.

  • JosieX

    pj, it’s nice that you tried to like him. Not everyone is going to like every song, that is understandable. You mentioned that you only listened to about the first third or so of it, if you want to have a better assessment of the vocals notwithstanding the song, listen to the version on his myspace (posted upthread). I like the latter half of the song the best as it becomes more emotional/intense, that sounds very distinctively Danny. Not everyone will, but I really love the way that his voice sounds. There’s a video of a religious song that he did at a conference recently that I’ve listened to over and over, just because I love the way his voice sounds on it.

    I like this better each time I listen to it. I feel good about its prospects. I know that the country songs that Danny did on tour were extremely popular, and I think that this one seems to be very current and very well done.

  • steph6449

    I like the latter half of the song the best as it becomes more emotional/intense, that sounds very distinctively Danny

    .

    This is an interesting song, it definitely builds as it goes, but has a lot of heights and softer sections that don’t follow a purely linear progression. I like it. It lets Danny use a lot of different textures and levels in his singing, from the softer parts that one reviewer I read called “tender”, to the raspier edges, to the occasional full growl, some all-out power moments, and a lot of range vocally including the falsetto.

    It’s very striking to hear all that in a country song. It’s quite unlike most male country singers these days, and most of the women for that matter. I can see why the one reviewer made a point of saying that there is room for a “vocalist” in country who can do what Danny does vocally in delivering these country songs.

    This might be a challenging song to sing live, but I could well imagine Danny lighting it up when he’s at his best in live performance. I can also envision him getting the audience into sections of it, as he’s done over and over again on videos I’ve seen, or when I saw the AI tour. (Saw the same thing that mj commented on in her intro article above for Danny’s single.)

  • monte

    The more I listen to “It’s Only” the more I love it. I am really excited for Dany’s album now. I did not expect Danny’s debut single to be this good. I’m also looking forward to hearing him sing it live. Do we have any dates yet on upcoming performances? I remember hearing something about North Carolina and also a radio tour.

  • sylvanaire

    Idk, I think he lost me at “la da da da da”, and again with the over production, I can barely make out his voice. It’s “pretty” I guess, but not what I would expect from a male singer, and there’s no hook to speak of. I don’t think Kris or Adam will have to look over their shoulder for him, lol.

  • canuck

    Yup, Kris or Adam don’t have to worry for sure about Danny because they have a completely different audience(hopefully).

    Danny really suits country. It is also a great market for him to be in.

  • lifeisgood

    Didn’t like the song that much but I like Danny’s voice.

  • Kliggie

    Hey Danny I really liked it

  • useless

    Never liked Gokey himself, but it is a pretty song. Bland, but pretty. I won’t be downloading it anytime soon.

  • thisisourturn

    “It’s Only” is tailor made for the kind of music Danny has always represented himself with as a performer. It is also the kind of song that is tailor made for Country pop fans – in the mode of Rascal Flatts. And it has the whole distinctive Mark Bright and Lady Antebellum production all over it. This is not the type of song that will likely be a huge hit in the mainstream, teeny bopper, hip hop, MTV rock crowd. But that was never the intent. Just like I doubt any of the releases by Adam or Kris will be hits on the Country charts. Country music has always had its own unique culture. And a lot of country music is faith based – it’s roots from the church and gospel music – which is Danny’s background.