Danny Gokey’s Next Single/Album on Hold?

A Danny Gokey fan who traveled to the US from China interviewed Danny Gokey before the BOO Cruise in Portland, Oct. 29. In this short clip, Danny talks about his future plans, and it appears that he next album is on hold.

“Things have been put on a standstill,” says Danny, “…the doors in country music have always been a difficult…battle.  We’ve had to kind of pull back and kind of re-figure and re-think everything.”

Danny says there will be a next single but “it’s all up in the air right now.” But he assures fans, “Of course there will be a new single.”

“We’ll keep everyone posted,” says Danny.

I’m not sure what’s going on with Danny. He released his last album on RCA Nashville, but he’s no longer listed on the website’s artist roster.

More will be revealed, I’m sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24lqkl9wG_w&feature=channel_video_title

 

  • Pam

    but he’s no longer listed on the website’s artist roster

    I don’t want to jump to conclusions here, but after the making for a video for SHH was cancelled and reading this sentence, something tells me he’s no longer with RCA Nashville.  If I’m right, it’s unfortunate but I think he land on his feet somehow and continue to make music.

  • http://twitter.com/blkeener Brittany Keener

    Interesting….

  • Trina

    In all the years I’m following Idol, when an artist disappears from the roster on a labels site thats usually the first clue they got dropped. Hm I thought Danny did pretty well with his last album,

  • Anonymous

    A while back, around the time that Second Hand Heart started to fall on the charts, Danny had a cryptic tweet that made me think that he’d left RCA Nashville.  I guess we need someone to ask the people at his label, or maybe someone can ask Danny directly.

  • Anonymous

    All the signs are that he’s probably dropped. I think the failure of the last single probably hurt. Plus 19 is pretty loaded up with country artists at the moment.

    I think Danny will end up on a Christian label and probably do well there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Cassaday/100000840860401 Chris Cassaday

    Danny doesnt fit in the genre. They tried to fit a round peg in a square hole. My guess is if he is off the roster he has been dropped. With all the changes at rca and danny not really having sucess the people there dont really believe in him

  • Anonymous

    Even though his album sold ok (esp. in the first few weeks after it dropped) from my outsider point of view it just seems like Danny has really struggled to get his music heard on country radio. This last one disappeared in a hurry. For whatever reason, there just seems to be a disconnect there.

    I think he could be really big in the contemporary Christian market if he decided to go in that direction. He could still do all his charity stuff and have his eyewear endorsements, etc. if he did that.

  • lollypop12

    Another one bit’s the dust at RCA!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Plus 19 is pretty loaded up with country artists at the moment.

    Danny is not signed with 19M.  He records for 19R.

  • http://twitter.com/ptebwwong Tiffany Wong

    I think Danny’s been dropped from RCA especially with the restructuring of RCA right now. His album sold very well in it’s 1st week. He had one of the highest debuts by a male country artist at the time. Danny’s music hasn’t received much radio airplay. I never saw him as a country artist & was surprised when he became one. I think he should become a contemporary Christian artist. He could have a good career like Mandisa who has done very well for herself since Idol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    So typical of Danny for not coming forward an say what really is going on, if he is dropped then say so, this interview not informative much in round about ways.

  • Anonymous

    Even though his album sold ok (esp. in the first few weeks after it dropped)

    Why do people always say things like this in regards to albums from AI alums?  Danny, Kris, Allison, Adam and every other alums debut numbers were greatly inflated because they were on AI.  The real test of how well someone did is whether or not they managed to establish themselves in their genre, and reach beyond the idol bubble.  In Danny’s defense, it was hard for him to do this, because he couldn’t get radio program directors to give him a chance.  In the PDs defense, many just didn’t see him as a credible country artist.  Danny’s label didn’t help him, when the first song that he released was essentially something that would have been a better fit for Christian radio stations.  

    The labels aren’t trying to just appeal to AI fanbases, they realize that the only way that they can continue to make a profit off of these acts beyond the first record is by getting people who are fans of the music, and not just the reality show contestant, to buy the music.

  • sagi

    I think he could be really big in the contemporary Christian market if
    he decided to go in that direction. He could still do all his charity
    stuff and have his eyewear endorsements, etc. if he did that.

    ^^This. I think that route would be very lucrative for him. He has been singing in the church most his adult life and seems to be very christian/spiritual. I think he could be big in that format and also find a way to incorporate his foundation into the mix.(% of procedes from music sales, ticket sales, benefit concerts, etc) I notice every time he tweets a God related tweet he picks up a lot of followers with bios indicating they are christian. I think for Danny’s vision for his future and foundation, this could definitely pan out. Yes he wanted to have a mainstream success, and he gave it a good shot, but some of his music could still crossover to adult contemporary, and he could still do concerts with originals and fun covers in other genres, his name is out there now and whatever route he takes from here, that could carry him.

    His sales from his debut were not that good, really, last I heard was around 205k and with his new single not going no where, is really starting to look like him being dropped. But I think he will be okay, if he plays his cards right and does what is obviously the best route to serve his talent and his foundation. JMHO

  • Anonymous

    The country world is not anti-idol, they are just hard for posers.  They are embracing Scotty but never warmed up to Danny.  He didn’t help himself when he admitted during S8 that he wasn’t country. 
    He should have gone the Christian route, even if his music sounded a bit country.  Who knows?  Maybe the country world would have respected that and given him a chance.

  • Anonymous

    I must say I am somewhat surprised.  It seemed like even though he might not have been thriving, he was slowly making a name for himself. All of those Opry appearances, and other gigs I’ve been reading about.  I guess it was all pretty much inside the bubble, which  like that rear view mirror, always makes things seem closer than they actually are.  I had gained a somewhat grudging respect for his hard work and dedication to his charity.

    I think the reason why Danny went country in the first place is that he thought his reach might be broader if he stayed in the secular arena.  He is correct, but he would have made a bigger splash if he had originally just went into contemporary christian music.  Now it may seem like a last resort.  He never quite sold me on him being a country artist.

  • Anonymous

    While we are on the subject of Danny, Scotty and country music, does anybody else remember when Danny was worried about a traditional voice like Scotty coming into country music because it would be a threat to his type of country music’s popularity? I saw that verging on jealousy- and I like Danny.

  • ptebwwong

    When Danny said this I was surprised. Country music has been more country pop recently. But there are well established artists like Brad, Josh, & even Miranda who lean more towards traditional country music & are very successful.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    Totally agree with TeamIdol’s post above. 

    Remember during Danny’s Idol run when he admitted that he had never heard of the Grand Ol’ Opry?  Oh brother!  I knew at the time that he was a poser and that the Country music world would see right through him. 

    Frankly, his 15 minutes lasted longer than I thought it would.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Cassaday/100000840860401 Chris Cassaday

    You have to be a natural fit in the country genre or you will be considered a poser. Danny also isnt very humble which in country music will not work.Yes there are artist who trend more pop or rock but the underlying country is still in their music. Danny was trying to be a christianartist and trying to make it fit and it didnt work

  • Anonymous

    I’m already on top of that ;)

  • Anonymous

    Danny was a poser.  I’m surprised they ever let him try country music.  I guess another one’s 15 minutes are up.  

  • Indigobunting

    Yes, I do believe he is no longer with RCA; I have been watching the roster since his video was cancelled and he was off of it last Thursday.

    He certainly isn’t the first Idol(and won’t be the last) to move from a major label to smaller. In fact- most do so.

    And it isn’t always an Idol issue like bubble observers assume.  Heck RCA dropped Chuck Wicks and he had a top 5 hit under his belt. 
    They believed in Danny enough to foot the bill for a third single; but it is a business after all- see the note about the huge financial losses Sony has had this past year.  They aren’t going to hang on to too many new artists for a long time, IMO.

    I wouldn’t be so sure Danny will go CCM.  Of course he has a lot of contacts in that genre; was courted by Mark Bright for his own label right off Idol (but decided on country instead).  But I think he likes secular music.  And he has built up a lot of good will and respect in the industry.  Contrary to Bubble opinions he is not widely regarded as a ‘poser’ industry wide, lol.

  • Anonymous

    Christian music? I remember Danny telling Michael Slezak that he wanted to do Latin/R&B. Or am I wrong? 

  • Anonymous

    While leaving the label roster is not news we wanted to hear, I believe that Danny has made inroads in his music career and he WILL find a path that works for him and his many loyal fans. 

    He has been a very popular performer on the country concert circuit and at the Grand Old Opry.  I hope he continues to produce inspirational/country songs— and rocks out in his shows.  He continues to improve his live performance skills and he puts on a fantastic show and is very interactive with the crowd. And his voice just gets better and better.

    He is doing so many good things, for his foundation and for other charities.  Here is a pic from an interview he did today on the Morning Blend on Milwaukee TV supporting a program to provide glasses to children who’s families can’t afford them in MPS.

    http://t.co/EOhkmNh4

    He also appeared on Fox 6′s morning show. He also will be appearing on GAC’s Day Jobs next week. 

  • ituneit

    He’s a hard fit. He doesn’t fit country and is struggling there. He doesn’t have the looks or personality for Pop. He isn’t Indie. He makes for a really weird interview. He’s not too good looking. Christian music would be his best bet. If I had a label. I wouldn’t sign him. Like Simon says on X-Factor it takes a lot more than talent to make it. You have to be the whole package -something Danny is not.

  • koshka

    Time to do that salsa, country, R&B, soul fusion? 

    Never cared much for Danny.. but this is too bad. Sadz for him.

  • shell29

    I agree that Danny should go the CCM route.  I think he’d do very well in that market. I think contemporary Christian radio would accept him more than country radio.   I know he seemed dead set on going the secular route, I wonder if he’ll have a change of heart. 

  • Indigobunting

    Sure he’s struggling for the moment; but so are plenty of established artists.  Steel Magnolia is attractive, well accepted, twangy and a big label.  Yet they have had trouble charting well with their past 3 singles after a #4 big hit. Even initial success does not guarantee longevity in a couple of years- Idols are not given as much time, but I think Danny has done pretty well for himself financially and has accomplished some notable things in Country. He has been quite upbeat (although that is his personality in general).

    Many (three labels who wanted to sign him for example) think he IS “the whole package”. He is pretty funny, engaging and a good spokesperson- thus the red carpet hosting both for Country award shows and the AMAs, the host for the CMA fanfest Gildan World Record Event, etc.  And the numerous endorsement deals he has brokered- WI Vision, Pillsbury, the Internet Natural supplements deal.

    I do agree  he is a “hard fit”. He sings almost everything well, but is religious and won’t swear or be sleazy (kind of like an older David Archuletta).  He has only sung Gospel and his other favorite genres he has listened to are Country and R&B.  I actually think he fits Country the best because he is religious, yet loves to dance, rock out, be humorous and sing secular music.  We’ll see what he does in the future; guy has to make a living.

    I guess this television newscaster doesn’t agree with the “not too good looking”.  From today after he appeared on a morning show for charity:

    xxxxxx gotta say@dannygokey looking pretty sexy this am ;) no restraining order plz10 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  • Anonymous

    Contrary to Bubble opinions he is not widely regarded as a ‘poser’ industry wide, lol.

    He may not be, but we can’t ignore how hard its been for him to get his music played.  Yes, it’s hard for all artists and all idol alums, and every alum has some obstacle that they have to overcome, but with Danny, one of the reasons might be because PDs don’t view him as a legitimate country artist.

  • steph6449

    I saw Danny twice in concert recently. He sounded phenomenal as usual, did several (country music) songs he hasn’t done live before, and had a fantastic time with the (country music) crowds there to be entertained by him.

    He has been making mysterious comments for some time about a “change” in the works, sounds like this is part of it. My expectation is that he will line up with another country label in due course, but doubt we will get details until sometime in 2012. He’s not for everyone who loves country music, and that includes some in the radio world. Balanced against that, he has some supporters including in radio who are very supportive. We’ll see, but I don’t think the experience thus far means that he can’t find his path as a country artist especially given his considerable strengths as a vocalist and live performer.

    While this sorts itself out, in the near term he will be back at the Opry next week, has the GAC Day Jobs show later in this month, is performing with Montgomery Gentry in December, is spending time with his new house and new gf, and looking forward to his cruise for Sophia’s Heart and the Nashville transitional home facility with Gary LeVox in early 2012. Followed by, even if we don’t learn of anything else, lol, the recently announced launch of his new eyewear line on top of his existing deal with Wisconsin Vision to promote eyewear with side charity angles like the event this week to give free eye exams for disadvantaged kids in Milwaukee.  So keep rolling, Danny :)

    I also wouldn’t make a lot of what he said | didn’t say to the fan who interviewed him. It was a special meeting he did for a great fan who represents a community of other fans in China, and it wasn’t designed to be a news conduit.  I have no idea at this point exactly where he stands with his transition process coming from his (seemingly) old label to wherever he is aiming to go next. He may well not be at liberty to speak to any specifics for one reason or another. I hope he will be able to speak to it soon, but Danny’s “soon” is always measured more in months than days, ha.

  • Anonymous

    He should have gone the Christian route, even if his music sounded a bit country. Who knows? Maybe the country world would have respected that and given him a chance.

    19 wasn’t going to sign an artist doing just Christian music.  If Danny wanted a chance at mainstream success, country was his best option.  His handlers likely thought with so many in country being Christian, Danny would gain acceptance.

  • Indigobunting

    I agree, Radio has been his biggest obstacle-of course if he’d been played more we wouldn’t be having this conversation, IMO.

    But that fact isn’t unique to Danny (ie, not being a “legitimate country artist”). The current crop of country Idols have not zoomed up the charts as fast as Carrie, Kellie, Bucky (granted it may be harder these days, but that goes for Danny too).  Lee couldn’t get played, Kris had trouble with his second and third single, David A, Jordin, Crystal, Lauren-were they all viewed as posers and that is why they couldn’t get better radio play?

    Bucky Covington couldn’t get resigned to a major label after 427k in album sales, three top ten hits and had trouble charting as high with his next 3 singles-is it because he was viewed as a poser?

    I’m not saying it isn’t A factor; but it isn’t a given that it is the only or even main factor.  Like my other examples; Chuck Wicks and Steel Magnolia (and many others) have had trouble charting and it wasn’t because they aren’t legitimate country artist.

    If Danny has been widely viewed as a poser, well then I say his accomplishments as well as a #22, #32  and yes this third single #48 are pretty amazing, IMO-it isn’t like he had winner’s or runner up promo-so not quite sure how a poser has done what he has then. 

    Having said that; I’m sure there are some who see him as a poser, and that is their opinion, of course. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Cassaday/100000840860401 Chris Cassaday

    The bottom line is he had all that time to work on his music after releasing his first cd.And all he could come up with was second hand heart. The song is just boring and there was nothing special. His material should of gotten better

  • tripp_ncwy

    Many (three labels who wanted to sign him for example) think he IS “the whole package”.

    But since he signed with RCA Nashville those other labels have moved on and considering the issues he has had getting radio play they may be even less likely to want to take him on now.

  • Anonymous

    That could be said for 90% of artists today.  Not a problem unique to Danny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Cassaday/100000840860401 Chris Cassaday

    Danny hasnt had enough success to get signed by another major label. He will probably sign with a small christian label.

  • Anonymous

    But that fact isn’t unique to Danny (ie, not being a “legitimate country artist”). The current crop of country Idols have not zoomed up the charts as fast as Carrie, Kellie, Bucky (granted it may be harder these days, but that goes for Danny too).  Lee couldn’t get played, Kris had trouble with his second and third single, David A, Jordin, Crystal, Lauren-were they all viewed as posers and that is why they couldn’t get better radio play?

    Kris didn’t have a problem getting his second song played, but for the most part, it is true that many of these people had trouble convincing PDs to take a chance on them.  That’s a problem that idol alums are faced with, PDs think that they are television personalities, but not legitimate artists.  Even though there are plenty of successful manufactured artists, and PDs have no problem playing their music, for some reason, they see idol alums as being products of a television show, who don’t have their own voice or musical identity, so they aren’t going to give them a fair shot.  

    I’m not sure how these other people, some of whom have been accepted by radio, or at least have seen a lot more radio success than Danny, changes the facts about Danny, or why radio won’t play his music.  It’s not like this is a knock against him.

  • Anonymous

    He lost a couple of bandmembers.

  • Niall

    He isn’t a country artist and all the bookings at the Opry, likely made because “American Idol” sells tickets to tourists, didn’t change it. Radio stations and most country fans didn’t buy his death bed conversion to country music. I figured they’d put the album out but RCA must have decided it was a financial bath waiting to happen.

    He’s now free to do r&b/salsa or whatever he wanted to do before the country detour.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JD4QD3RDPAAFIO7HYGXHGTSVYQ A

    I actually think Danny has done great considering all he was up against from the start.  He was not a first or second place finisher with all the promo that comes with that. I’m sure some viewed him as a poser, but I believe many accepted him in country, also.  I watched him live several times among country audiences, and he was always very well received. He has worked very hard and puts on a great live show. 

    The fact of the matter is that it is tough out there for everyone. Being let go by a label is not a reflection of talent, there are so many factors involved.  I still have confidence in Danny that he will land on his feet.   

  • chearts77

    Can’t say I’m surprised.  There’s so much more I wanna say…  :X

  • Anonymous

     

    must say I am somewhat surprised. It seemed like even though he might not have been thriving, he was slowly making a name for himself. All of those Opry appearances, and other gigs I’ve been reading about. I guess it was all pretty much inside the bubble, which like that rear view mirror, always makes things seem closer than they actually are. I had gained a somewhat grudging respect for his hard work and dedication to his charity.

    I agree that Danny works very hard at both his charity and music. This turn is not an unusual turn at all in the music business. I think Danny will continue to grow and perform and when the time comes sign a new contract.
    In the last 2 years we have seen many new artist break on the scene and very few that are still appearing on the charts, unfortunately it is ugly out there. 

  • Indigobunting

    “Danny hasnt had enough success to get signed by another major label. He will probably sign with a small christian label.”
    Danny doesn’t need to sign with another major label, and I agree, most Idols sign with smaller labels eventually.  As long as he can support himself and his charity and sing music as a career, I think he’ll be pretty happy :)

    As far as Christian, I disagree; I think he’d sign with a decent Christian label if he goes Christian.  He has name recognition and a lot of connections.  If he takes that path, I don’t think he will have any problem getting signed to a nice label.

  • Anonymous

    It is very difficult for artists in the music industry and sometimes it seems idols have it a little tougher. They’re given a limited amount of time to have success and if not, out they go, and the new bunch of idols come in. Throwing them against the wall and seeing who sticks lol!
    Not a Danny fan at all but I do feel badly for him. However I’m sure he’ll be fine.  Season 8 is my favorite and they seem to be falling by the wayside one by one. Only Kris and Adam left and while I’m not concerned about Adam I confess Kris has me a little worried. Regardless they do all continue to make music and a living even without a label and that is the important thing.

  • Tera

    It seems that Carrie is the only country Idol who continues to drown in more money than years she has left to live. The rest are lucky if they can get a low paying gig at a local bar.

  • Anonymous

    You know, Danny doesn’t seem all torn up by what is or isn’t is happening with his label.  He’s staying positive and doing good things.  He just got back from 4 days of consecutive shows for country radio stations on the West Coast and this video shows his work with Vision Screening.  http://www.themorningblend.com/videos/132548478.html

  • Anonymous

    Can’t say I’m too shocked. 

    Danny was really much cuter in person than I thought he was on tv. 

  • Anonymous

    I think Danny will end up on a Christian label and probably do well there

    I hope that’s what will happen with him. The guy has talent, he works hard and has very dedicated fans who will support him. I wish him the best.

  • kokko

    “A Danny Gokey FAN who TRAVELED TO THE US FROM CHINA INTERVIEWED Danny Gokey…” Am I the only one who is impressed?? :-)

    If it is true that Danny is no longer with RCA Nashville, I think it is due more to the recent re-structuring of Sony (bad timing) – the record company has been losing money big time for the past 3 years, inevitably they would be scrutinizing every artists under the label with respect to radio play and sales, unfortunately Danny latest single did fall off the chart after reaching only Top50 – this is a business decision that could happen to any artists, especially the not so established ones. If someone want to use this to “prove” their pre-conceived notion that he’s a “poser” that’s their prerogative.

    If Danny has indeed left RCA Nashville I hope he could find another label that is a good match for him. I do think at this point it is unlikely he would be picked up by another major label, but there are instances where an artist can still find chart and sales success with small labels. We’ll see.

  • Milly21

    I’ll never for the life of me understand why he didnt go the christian route. he never at all seemed country to me, not by a long shot.

    I think because of all of that praise and hype heaped onto him on Idol he thought he was destined to be this huge superstar, and thats why he seemingly signed to the only label that would have him. im not sure what rca was thinking signing him to their nashville label.

    I think he has a future on christian radio. i dont know why he seems hellbent on doing secular music.

  • Fullmoon

    Danny will be fine just like all the other idols that moved forward. I don’t get all this legitimate artist talk because they are all legitimate artists but whatever. Good luck to Danny.

  • ptebwwong

    Carrie is the only one drowning in money. But Kellie isn’t doing too bad, either. Her single “Tough” might not have done well, but last year she made $2 million. I think all of us would gladly make that much in a year.

    The rest of the Idols who went country (Bucky, Danny, Kristy Lee Cook, etc.) are having hard times. The jury is still out on Scotty & Lauren. I like them both & wish them well. It depends on the decisions they make & how well the country fans accept them. I could potentially see both having successful long-term careers, but I could also see them as country artists who don’t ever make it big or artists that are flash in the pans. 

  • Anonymous

    Danny will be fine just like all the other idols that moved forward. I don’t get all this legitimate artist talk because they are all legitimate artists but whatever. Good luck to Danny.

    Of course they are all legitimate artists in the eyes of most idol fans, but some people who aren’t fans of AI just see them as reality show contestants.  Part of the alums success is because of the cult of personality, which for some PDs is a problem.  I just read a post from an AI fan, who exchanged some heated tweets with a PD at one of her local stations.  She didn’t understand that his anger stems from having to deal with AI fans over the years, who don’t seem to comprehend that their favorite AI alum isn’t the only artist in the world, nor does he or she fit on that particular station’s playlist.  Because of fans like this one, and the meme that AI alums haven’t earned their contracts, a lot of people in the industry aren’t going to be quick to give them a shot.

  • Indigobunting

    “I think he has a future on christian radio. i dont know why he seems hellbent on doing secular music.”
    Because he likes it, plain and simple. He’s stated that in interviews.
    He is just a guy who loves to sing, wants a career in music and likes the fact that he can sing a lot of different themes in country (family, life, love, romance and yes-about God).

    “A Danny Gokey FAN who TRAVELED TO THE US FROM CHINA INTERVIEWED Danny Gokey…” Am I the only one who is impressed?? :-)

    When she had a business trip planned (she is in computers) she planned the dates around some WEst Coast concerts.  Her China fan club urged her as a pipe dream to contact his management to ask for an interview. Surprisingly they agreed.  You can see in the video how sweet, kind and down to earth Danny was to her.

  • Kylee

    Kellie Pickler has done great also.

  • Kylee

    Bucky’s first album did great, but I think he got screwed over when his label closed. He was actually pretty established.

  • Anonymous

    Man it’s a tough business out there. I can’t help but feeling sad for him if he has been dropped – no matter if I am a fan of him or not. I hope he will land on his feet and that the saying “when a door closes another opens” comes true for him.

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    SEM reorganized Nashville (RCA and Columbia) in April 2011 — Doug Morris made major cuts (20+ people mostly from Columbia) and consolidated operations. So this does not appear to be related to the RCA Nashville reorg.

    Danny is signed to 19R but not managed by 19M.

    IF Danny gets dropped or has been dropped by RCA Nashville, it will be/was because they did not believe he could sell enough. BUT I believe Danny will get signed by a Christian/Inspirational Label in that case. It is where he should have started in the first place — Christian/Inspirational crossover vs. Country crossover.

  • http://twitter.com/dy7764 dy77

    A few people are saying this but you nailed it – the country world does not like poseurs and that’s what Danny was, country music wise. A few Rascal Flatts covers in an Idol season does not make you a country artist (heck, I didn’t even think he came close to doing the best job on country night that year.)  I completely agree with you and everyone saying Christian music should be his next musical destination.