Danny Gokey in Concert – Queen Creek AZ (8/14)

So much fun w @DannyGokey duu..Luv u man on TwitpicDanny Gokey headlined a show last evening at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center in the Phoenix AZ area. Danny’s fellow American Idol Season 8 finalist Scott MacIntyre was able to attend the show, with members of his family. 

ScottDMacIntyre: So much fun w @DannyGokey duu..Luv u man

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Meet&greet w @DannyGokey :) on Twitpic .  

Scott also joined Danny in greeting fans at Danny’s post-show signing appearance.
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Upcoming appearances for Danny include shows in Tulsa OK (8/19 with Rodney Atkins and Steel Magnolia), Delaware County Fair Walton NY (8/21 with Lady Antebellum), Appalachian Fair Gray TN (8/23 headlining show), and Danny’s fourth appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville (8/24).  

Danny Gokey in Concert Queen Creek AZ

Among the highlights of the show, Danny and his band introduced a new cover of Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer as an encore song.

See a photo gallery of concert pics from the Arizona Republic site here.

Crazy Not To
  

Life On Ya
  

Hard to Handle
  

I Still Believe
  

It’s Only
  

T-R-O-U-B-L-E / My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me
  

Life Is A Highway
  

Livin’ On A Prayer
  

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Bonus media from other recent Danny Gokey concerts

Photos – Danny Gokey in concert with Sugarland, Alpharetta GA (8/5)

Atlanta area music industry photographer Allen Ross Thomas got some great photos of Danny at one of his last Sugarland dates this summer. Enjoy the full collection at http://www.artistxposure.com/2010/08/11/danny-gokey-american-idol/.   

Danny Gokey in Concert – Napa Town and County Fair (8/12)

I Still Believe

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Danny Gokey in Concert – Murray KY (8/7)

Crazy Not To
  

video credit – DDBfan2006  

Concert Finale – Danny Gokey at DuPage County Fair (Wheaton IL 7/22)

T-R-O-U-B-L-E, My Best Days are Ahead of Me, Life is a Highway/Get Away reprise

video credit – Angelsent4

48 Comments

  1. Wow, awesome! So happy for Danny! Was his concert sold out? I bet it was this man can sing! NO MORE OPENING FOR ANYONE!!! Danny is a superstar!!!! I so wish I could watch him live in concert!

  2. Great post Steph!! It’s like one-stop shopping.

    I love to see his interaction with the audience, he gives them so much and they give it right back. I always get the feeling thay want to be there and were not just brought along, even the men join in the sing-alongs.

  3. Wow, awesome! So happy for Danny! Was his concert sold out? I bet it was this man can sing! NO MORE OPENING FOR ANYONE!!! Danny is a superstar!!!! I so wish I could watch him live in concert!

    Superstar??? If he is a superstar, I guess that makes Kris a megastar and Adam an Ultra-megastar…

    Danny is not bad…

  4. Thanks AmericanIdol8 Hope you get a chance to see him live it very very good.

    Not sure what the other two AIers have to do with this thread.

  5. I think Danny will continue touring with other artists as well as doing his own shows like the one last night. He still has the two Lady A shows coming up soon, for example. One is next week.
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    I didn’t post it in the main article, but there was another cute picture of Danny with Scott’s sister Katelyn.

    idolkatelyn: Me & @dannygokey DUUUUU!!!!! http://twitpic.com/2ewljj

    From other tweets, seemed that both of Scott’s parents plus his sister went to Danny’s show, maybe others of the family. At least Scott didn’t have to work as hard to see Danny as that time they took a cab some long distance around Atlanta to meet up with Danny on his radio tour while Scott was there for another event.

  6. Wow, Steph, you always come up with the goods :)

    I heard from a tweet that Scott McIntyre was at the “post Meet & greet” and the tweeter talked to him. I assume they meant the autograph signing. How fun for Scott to stick around and hang with Danny some more.

    Looks like a really fun concert and from the sounds of the videos, a good crowd.

    When I watch videos, I wish Danny wouldn’t interact with the crowd so much- I want to hear his incredible voice not the audience!

    But I have to admit, when I am there at the concert, even though I’m not a “sing along” type of concert goer I join right in at the top of my lungs. There is just something about his joyful enthusiasm and openness that begs participation.

  7. AmericanIdol8

    I hope you get a chance to see Danny in concert someday since you are such a huge fan. But he’s nowhere close to being a superstar — he’s barely started his career.

  8. When I watch videos, I wish Danny wouldn’t interact with the crowd so much- I want to hear his incredible voice not the audience!

    There were some parts on “Living On a Prayer”, where I would have liked to hear more of Danny’s singing, but the audience was singing over him. Though I can understand people getting excited and singing along to songs at concerts, especially popular, well-known songs.

    Also, I thought that was a nice picture of Danny and Scott together.

  9. AmericanIdol8

    It’s ok to say he is a superstar ;)

    I agree no one would call any of the S8 Idols (outside the Idol bubble) Superstars yet. But if he is one in your eyes, that’s ok!

    I’m hearing more and more that Danny is much better live than recorded. I don’t think that is true vocally, but his enthusiasm, charisma and joy add tremendously to the fun.

    And his classic look of tight jeans and shirts compliment that buff physique in a pleasing way, which doesn’t hurt :lol:

    I hope you get to see him soon too.

  10. When I watch videos, I wish Danny wouldn’t interact with the crowd so much- I want to hear his incredible voice not the audience!

    Lol! I’ve had the same reaction, though I think lately Danny is singing along more with the the audience than he first did. Plus doing that duet-thing that he can do with crowds, which I always find really beautiful, on the ballads especially.

    I don’t think any of them are superstars from S8 yet; wait and see in a few years where they may be. The only real superstar out of the AI ranks at the moment is Carrie, IMO. I just took the comment as meaning Danny makes a strong impression on stage, which he can definitely do between the voice, the energy he puts into his sets, and how much he truly seems to enjoy relating with the crowds.

    A couple of his concert songs that sit early in his set are Life on Ya and Be Somebody. Both of them have at least one standout section with the vocals that pretty much always gets a big reaction from the crowds (~1:30-2:00 on the Life on Ya I posted above, for ex.). Really helps get the energy going for the rest of the show :)

    From what I understand, Danny and team see his touring this year as about gaining experience, refining his skills as a performer/entertainer, and building for the future. It will be interesting to hear what his “fall tour” will look like, although as usual with Danny news, we have to wait for it. lol!

  11. I’m hearing more and more that Danny is much better live than recorded. I don’t think that is true vocally, but his enthusiasm, charisma and joy add tremendously to the fun.

    And his classic look of tight jeans and shirts compliment that buff physique in a pleasing way, which doesn’t hurt

    I agree, I have always thought Danny sounded better live than recorded. Some artists sound bad or mediocre live, but Danny sounds good live.

    Also, I think that Danny’s arms look good and he does look buff, especially in his upper body area.

  12. wow so many videos & great performances – so apart from Queen Creek AZ, this thread includes videos on Danny’s solo concerts in Napa CA, Murray KY & Wheaton IL.

    To appreciate Danny’s stage presence and his interactions with audience sometimes it’s better to see him perform from a little bit farther away, here’s another YT video on TROUBLE / MBDAAM in Murray KY

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=lbWe8tl8Ff8

  13. WOW Steph, great job on putting this together.

    AmericanIdol8 – that is fine you think of Danny as a superstar even though we all know he is not quite there yet. I agree Carrie is the only AI alum we can truly call a superstar.

    However, Danny is doing great with touring. I have only read very positive things about his performance in concerts. I think it is important for Danny to have solo shows and also to open for bigger country acts as that will bring in more fans outside the AI bubble. I have seen Danny in concert and I have his CD and he has a great recording voice. I agree that the energy he brings on stage may be why people are saying he is better live. I consider that a compliment.

  14. I just can’t get by that he looks to much like George Michaels…not a good thing for his career I would imagine.

  15. kokko, yes, I tried to give a sample from the best of newer media for some other shows since we don’t put up dedicated threads here for every single Danny concert.

    It was sooooo hard to pick and choose the bonus videos to keep that a short list — glad you posted a link to one of the ones I didn’t feature as I really liked that also :)
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    MrDuffin, not sure I’ve heard that particular comparison before. I think I’ll stay with Robert Downey, Jr :)

  16. Danny is a superstar to his fans, but his record sales do not agree. He has yet to reach 200k in album sales, but maybe his new single which is sad but beautiful will help to change that. It was a good choice IMO for a single, it may be the hit he needs. But I do think I appreciate him more when he is doing the heartfelt kind of music over his attempt at rocking. His voice is just so much better with raw emotion, sounds more unique.

    is he now telling the crowd to jump? I have heard that in concert somewhere else…things that make you go hmmm!

  17. sagi, last I heard Danny has sold about ~175,000 CDs. That’s not a lot on a pop/rock scale, and of course I’d love to see that total grow as Danny’s second single hopefully continues to move up the chart.

    But for a new country artist, selling ~175k CDs is a darn good result this year. Only one new act has more, and that artist is somewhere in the 200,000-225,000 range with an album of similar age to Danny’s (release date March 2010). Not sure how many other country newbies have even broken 100,000 sales this year. If any, it’s a very small list from what I’ve seen.

    A lot of first-timer (and even second/third-timer) country albums are debuting with below 20-30,000 units sold, sometimes not even 10,000.

  18. I don’t think even Carrie Underwood qualifies as a “superstar” at this point. I do think she and Kelly Clarkson are certainly “stars” who have been very strong in their respective genres. But for me, superstar is almost legendary, iconic status.

    Anyway, it was really good to see Scott and Danny together. Scott has such inspirational story. With all the health problems he’s had to endured, he’s always maintained such a great attitude and sense of humor. And what a great family to boot.

  19. You know one of these days I am just going to have to go see one of his concerts for myself maybe I will get a better grip on how I feel about him as a performer. I am sure there will be something I could catch, I do live in his hometown state! Maybe I would get a better idea of how you all feel.

  20. sagi, you have at least three chances coming up :)

    Danny will be in Madison WI for the Taste of Madison festival on Sept 5th, then November 19th and 20th in Sheboygan (Weill Center) and Wausau WI (Grand Theater).

    Possibly more, as the “fall tour” dates haven’t yet been announced so there are some blank-looking periods on Danny’s known schedule yet to be filled in.
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    For Carrie, “superstar” is one of those terms that everyone may view differently. But IMO, although I’m not a huge fan of hers she’s had some great accomplishments — cleaning up at all the country music awards shows perennially and hosting as well; big CD sales by any standards, and huge by country genre standards due to her crossover success; numerous #1 and other high-placing singles. Three in a row I think so far from her last album? Early recognition as an Opry member, one of the few female country acts to headline a tour to reasonably big venues, etc etc.

  21. Steph6449 – no worries, I know it’s tough to choose out of so many good videos, and you did a great job on this thread, as always.

    Sagi – if you really like Danny doing heartfelt kind of music, you may want to check out the following video on Crazy Not To – to me it’s one of the best live performances on this song, and he also looked mighty fine.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYOPE2Yjzmv

    is he telling the crowd to jump

    he is telling the crowd to have a great time – and the crowd did

    MrDuffin – I don’t see the resemblance with George Michael, but Danny looks much better if people has to compare.

  22. Sagi,

    Why does asking people to jump up and down while he is on stage make you go hmmm. I think that is the most common trend in upbeat songs at every concert I’ve ever been to.

    I alslo don’t see any problem with him looking like George Michael, it sure wasn’t his looks that got him in trouble. To me I’ve always thought Danny more closely ressembled him moreso than RDJ, and as far as looks go that was pretty darn good. The best example of that was Top3 results night.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwkvLoavuTo&feature=related

  23. Sagi, you live in Wisconsin and have not made it to a Danny concert?

    As steph6449 says, there’s lots of opportunities coming up, and you’ll have to see for yourself.

    I love Danny’s voice and it really is showcased on some of his ballads like “I Will Not Say Goodbye”. However, the enthusiasm and fun he brings to a live show makes me very glad he likes to rock out with the crowd on some fun songs. Danny loves to have the audience close–barriers that separate him from their response is not his preference. There’s a real synergy that forms at a Danny Gokey concert!

  24. sagi, yes, Danny tells the crowd to get up and jump on Life is a Highway — that’s basically his finale song for his concert so it’s very high energy, following after T-R-O-U-B-L-E and the kicked-up version of MBD that Danny does live when he has his full band.

    Danny and his band have done that as far back as the solo show he put on at a college in New York last September, where he brought out Life is a Highway for the first time. (Maybe further back than that, for all I know.)

    If another AI8 artist (assume that’s what you mean) is doing something similar, I imagine it’s just coincidence. I won’t say they stole the idea from Danny, lol! ;) I doubt really any of them have time to worry about what the others are doing on stage, except maybe Allison in the context that she’s actually touring with Adam.

  25. The George Michael thing is a little confusing, George was considered to be a gorgeous man in his younger days, and I am sure that didn’t hurt his career any. If anyone thought Danny looked like a young George Michael that would seem like a compliment to me. Is the negative connotation supposed to be about the difficulties GM had, that if someone thinks Danny looks like George, that they would think Danny has what they presumably think were negative qualities about George? That seems unlikely to me. But that reminds me of something, I’d love to see Danny cover George’s “Praying for Time”. The lyrics might have to be adjusted to make it a little less despairing b/c that’s not Danny, but I think he would bring a beautiful intensity to it.

    AmericanIdol8, I’m glad somebody around here knows a “superstar” when they see one, you go girl! ;) I know you meant that you think Danny is awesome and you adore him. Nothing to do with anyone else or record sales or what have you. I feel the same as you, I think he’s amazing and that feeling isn’t correlated to how his sales are doing or how anyone else is doing. It’s ok, we can enjoy being dazzled without worrying about all that. It makes me happy to hear Danny sing and see him perform, and I’m glad that enough other people seem to agree with me that he should be able to do this for a long time to come. Yay for that! :)

    Steph, great job as usual!

  26. I’m sorry, but Danny shouldn’t be trying to sing rock music. He’s not a rocker, and he’ll never be a rocker. That Jon Bovi cover he did for the encore was just bad. Stick to country and the more soulful stuff, Danny — that’s in your wheelhouse. He sounded really good on most of the vids I saw. And it seems like his concert was a lot of fun.

    But stay far far away from Bon Jovi. Thank you

  27. Josie I agree with hearing Danny cover some of GM songs he could kill on them and with the addition of a little steel guitar would fit right in Danny’s wheelhouse. In looking at the setlist of most Country concerts the artist tend to go outside the genre quite often. I also wouldn’t mind him doing a little Brooke Benton who’s songs fit the “soul country” to a tee. I think it was Chris Young who covered “Rainy night in Georgia” and it was the song that brought him acclaim.

    But back to concert video Danny.. I like to watch hhis set because it has a nice variety of tempos to the music. He goes from the fun of I still Believe to the romanticism of the cover of Raining on Sunday to the heartwrenching ballad of IWNSG and takes the audience on the journey with him, never leaving the audience feeling depressed,in fact in most cases they are awed by the power of his voice.

    ETA
    girlygirl- good thing the audience didnt agree. I thought it was fun and the audience, a country audience seemed to enjoy it and they knew all the words :)

  28. girlygirl, I enjoyed watching that video–and have been a fan of Bon Jovi over the years, as well. It wasn’t the best quality video though–the fan who took it is an enormous Jon Bon Jovi fan, and I think she went into total shock when she heard Danny with that song for his encore. Poor thing! :)

    I believe it was either the first or second time Danny did that song in public, first time it came to the notice of his fanbase anyway. So he’s probably still working out exactly how he wants it to go with the band. I look forward to seeing Danny sing Livin’ on a Prayer in person sometime soon so that I can make a truly informed judgment and report back how it went ;)

    My favorite of his newer cover songs though is still Raining on Sunday, that one is just gorgeous. ( Previously posted here at http://mjsbigblog.com/danny-gokey-in-concert-at-the-mountain-arts-center.htm )

    I do agree though, Danny isn’t a rocker at heart in the same way as a true rock act, but he can handle rock-oriented songs pretty well. Better than most of the country acts I’ve seen attempting it this year, except Sugarland where Jennifer Nettles really has the voice for it also. Danny’s song Get Away is quite rock-oriented, and is one of his more popular songs from the CD and concert sets.

  29. The George Michael thing is a little confusing, George was considered to be a gorgeous man in his younger days, and I am sure that didn’t hurt his career any. If anyone thought Danny looked like a young George Michael that would seem like a compliment to me. Is the negative connotation supposed to be about the difficulties GM had, that if someone thinks Danny looks like George, that they would think Danny has what they presumably think were negative qualities about George

    I think that George Michael was a nice looking man when he was younger. I think that Danny does look a bit like George Michael in this picture. Anyone else think so?. I really like this pic of Danny.

    http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/1408/dannyallisondisconight.jpg

  30. Danny tweeted a little while ago that he just got into San Diego to do a special concert for Navy Seals and their families.

    Love that :)

  31. Jx223, looking at some photos of George when he was about Danny’s age, I’d say they have some features in common. The scruff, pretty eyes and lips, similar shape of their faces (when George was young, his face is a lot fuller now). I had never thought about it before but I guess there is a little bit of a resemblance.

    That’s wonderful that Danny is entertaining the Navy Seals and their families today, I bet he will love that.

  32. Jx223, looking at some photos of George when he was about Danny’s age, I’d say they have some features in common. The scruff, pretty eyes and lips, similar shape of their faces (when George was young, his face is a lot fuller now). I had never thought about it before but I guess there is a little bit of a resemblance

    I think that Danny does look like him in that pic, especially with the scruff, and with the sunglasses. George liked to wear big sunglasses like Danny wears sometimes. Danny being compared to George in looks, is not a bad thing, IMO.

  33. Jx223, disco nostalgia kinda scares me sometimes, lol.

    But I agree Danny looks good in that pic. Allison looks cute, too.

  34. Steph you have done it again! Another terrific thread to keep us up to date on Danny (not an easy task considering how busy he is!) Fans of Danny really appreciate your dedication.

    Love your enthusiasm AmericanIdol8!! I would say Danny is indeed a superstar to his fans. For us, it is not about numbers but how he makes us feel when he performs and sings.

    Sagi, I would really encourage you to check out Danny live, especially since you live in an area where he has several shows upcoming. Many (myself included) have had to travel to get a chance to see his live show, and it is definitely worth it! And if you go, be sure and let us know if you joined in when he jumps!

  35. Another wonderful post, steph. I like that comment up above…like one stop shopping. :)

    I haven’t listened to the videos yet, but will when I can. I love reading these Danny updates.

    As for:

    sagi, last I heard Danny has sold about ~175,000 CDs. That’s not a lot on a pop/rock scale, and of course I’d love to see that total grow as Danny’s second single hopefully continues to move up the chart.

    But for a new country artist, selling ~175k CDs is a darn good result this year. Only one new act has more, and that artist is somewhere in the 200,000-225,000 range with an album of similar age to Danny’s (release date March 2010). Not sure how many other country newbies have even broken 100,000 sales this year. If any, it’s a very small list from what I’ve seen.

    A lot of first-timer (and even second/third-timer) country albums are debuting with below 20-30,000 units sold, sometimes not even 10,000.

    Yes, Danny’s sales are at 177K. While not outstanding, it is good in respect of being a new country artist. I know the other artist you are referring to and radio plays him a ton around here because he is like a “George Strait lite”. Yes, his sales are around 200K. We can’t forget that Danny had the biggest debut week for a new male country artist since 1992. :)

  36. George Michael, hmmm; never thought that before. But I do see it in the picture you posted Jx223!

    George Michael was a nice looking guy- I think Danny is too. I have mostly seen him compared to Robert Downy Jr. though, people tell him that in public and DJs at radio stations often tell him that also- a couple even made him roar like Ironman :lol:

    Is he now telling the crowd to jump? I have heard that in concert somewhere else…

    I know you said you haven’t seen him live yet; but perhaps you have seen his videos? Like Steph said, he’s been singing Life Is a Highway and telling people to jump since last Sept, when he was the first S8 Idol to perform a full concert on their own after the tour.
    And I jump EVERY time, I love it!

    Girlygirl, I doubt Danny will stay away from the rock songs. I guess the crowd loved the Bon Jovi song and if he is smart he will play to his target audience ;) I do agree with you that he is not a rocker at heart, for sure. And that country/soul is what he shines at most.

    There are a lot of Danny fans (more guys I think) who love Danny’s rocking songs like Get Away, Be Somebody as the best on the album. A good proportion of fans want Get Away to be the next single. I would rather have a love song.

    Steph, Raining on Sunday is my favorite cover too, it is exquisite.

  37. Thank you Steph for once again providing us with the Danny update. You are doing a great job and we appreciate it.

    I would encourage anyone who has not attended a Danny Gokey concert to go. Tickets are reasonably priced and well worth it. Personally I have attended 4 Danny headlining shows and one opening show (with Tim McGraw) and he is really good in concert.

    I have had the luxury of seeing him about once every couple of months (starting early in December) and his improvement is outstanding. We all know Danny can sing, where a learning curve was required was with execution. Over the past 9 months Danny has been learning and perfecting. His vocals are stronger, his stage presence is comfortable, and his interaction with the audience, well you can see for yourself in the videos.

    Is there still room for growth? Absolutely. Without growth there is no progress but Danny has come a loooonnng way from singing on the idol stage and I for one am thankful that he is an astute learner.

  38. No problem with Danny singing a rock song, it adds a little flavour, makes things a bit more interesting. Girlygirl, I love it when our favourite sings ‘unexpected’ songs and I sure Danny’s fans feel the same way. As for being a superstar, as others have said, if he is a superstar to his fans that is all that matters, I know my fav is a superstar to me, and no one is going to tell me otherwise.

  39. his improvement is outstanding. We all know Danny can sing, where a learning curve was required was with execution. Over the past 9 months Danny has been learning and perfecting. His vocals are stronger, his stage presence is comfortable, and his interaction with the audience, well you can see for yourself in the videos.

    Is there still room for growth? Absolutely. Without growth there is no progress but Danny has come a loooonnng way from singing on the idol stage and I for one am thankful that he is an astute learner.

    THIS. Danny’s growth as an artist and performer since Idol is astounding. He was always a great singer, but on the show sometimes seemed uncomfortable and inexperienced. Of course he was new at all this; the talent, which is massive, was always there. I knew he had it in him and it’s been a joy watching him progress from the very beginning. He was a pure raw talent, and now he’s polishing both his onstage and offstage (interviewing) skills and is a real pro now.

    He’s one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen. I’ve been to a Danny Gokey concert and let me tell you, he had everyone on their feet, and the atmosphere was almost electric. You leave feeling almost high. He gets the audience involved and seems to feed off the energy as the audience feeds off of his.

    Danny’s always experimenting and trying new things. You never quite know what to expect. I love the fact he’s now incorporating some rock songs into his set–Black Crowes’ Hard to Handle and now Livin’ On a Prayer. I think he does a fantastic job with both these songs, and on LOAP especially is obviously having the time of his life. It was hard to hear Danny’s vocals that well due to the people singing along, but obviously everyone really got into it. Who says Danny can’t rock? These, and some of the more upbeat songs from his album such as Like That’s a Bad Thing and Get Away, are really closer to rock or blues rock than country. I still think Danny’s strongest at his soulful, emotional ballads, but he can rock out too. He has the voice and energy for it, and I think it’s great that he’s open to trying new things.

    Do I think Danny is a superstar? No, not yet. However, I do think he has the potential to become one. He’s getting a lot of exposure to a lot of people outside his Idol fanbase by by opening for big acts like Sugarland, Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw, and he seems to be well received by them. If he stays on this learning curve and keeps gaining new fans at the rate he has been, I would say he could become a force to be reckoned with in country music, if not actual superstar, within a few years.

    I can see Danny’s resemblance to a young George Michael, but I never found GM that attractive, while I find Danny extremely attractive. Personally, I think he looks a lot more like a young Robert Downey Jr. And like RDJ, I think Danny has acting ability and has even said he’d like to do some acting. If Danny’s ever in a movie, I’ll be the first in line to see it.

  40. Wow, awesome! So happy for Danny! Was his concert sold out? I bet it was this man can sing! NO MORE OPENING FOR ANYONE!!! Danny is a superstar!!!! I so wish I could watch him live in concert!

    The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center isn’t big-time. It’s a local theater that seats about 750..and the Queen Creek area is “Christian central” for the southeast Phoenix area. Danny is probably the type of performer that really works in this ultra conservative corner….not to say that this is bad, just putting a different perspective on Danny as a solo artist.

    The man may surprise me yet and have a “great” career, but I think he is truly a niche artist who will have his devotees based on his back story and his foundation…and any hook that can bring in the fans is just that: a hook. I still feel that he isn’t truly comfortable with being a country artist and that he will bring more and more outside influences into his shows…and how the core country fans will respond to this is anyone’s guess.

  41. Only time will tell, Tess.

    So far so good. His record execs and country counterparts are loving him, not to mention his fans. He seems to be doing really well.

    Got to love the fact that the RCA Nash record execs were already setting aside songs for him and figuring out who they could pair him with on tour while he was still on AI.

    I am proud to call myself a Danny fan. I had the opportunity to meet him at a private concert. So sweet. He spent several minutes speaking to my young daughter about learning to play her guitar and her love of singing.

    I am a fan for life. I don’t see him to be a ‘niche artist’. I think he is going to have a great country career, because he has mass appeal. Young, old and ‘getting there’ love him.

  42. The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center isn’t big-time. It’s a local theater that seats about 750..and the Queen Creek area is “Christian central” for the southeast Phoenix area.

    Nothing wrong with filling up that size theater with your own headlining show. Bet he never dreamed of that while singing during church services or driving his semi truck.

    I disagree with the Christian central characterization (not that there is anything wrong with that, lol! Fans are fans and he has had all different size venues. I think his largest headlining show where people bought dedicated tickets was in Rockton, Illinois- 3000.). My father lives in Queen Creek; I’ve been there and it is just another one of the (too-fast) growing bulges around Phoenix.
    Not sure what you base that assumption on? Again, not that there is anything wrong with that.

    he isn’t truly comfortable with being a country artist and that he will bring more and more outside influences into his shows…and how the core country fans will respond to this is anyone’s guess.

    To his fans, it is pretty obvious he is happy in Country. I think the fact that he is true to “Danny Gokey” and brings in gospel and soul as well as rock influences shows he is comfortable- he is not trying to fit in a manner that is not him- and country fans will take it or leave it. We will see in a few years time, like Bethlyn said.

    I know Danny’s foundation and back story has absolutely nothing to do with my fan status (in fact I cringed at the initial produced sympathy focus, but was won over by his audition).

    To me it is all about the voice, mad vocal skills, and fun concerts. I never “got” that people thought he was attractive physically on AI, but post AI and after seeing him in person, gotta say that doesn’t hurt either ;)

  43. The man may surprise me yet and have a “great” career, but I think he is truly a niche artist who will have his devotees based on his back story and his foundation…and any hook that can bring in the fans is just that: a hook.

    There are lots of artists with sympathetic backstories and interest in charity who did not have the biggest selling debut in their genres in 18 years, and/or who have not had their first two singles as Top 40 hits, and/or have not been invited to open for some of the biggest names in their genre, and/or have not sold thousands of tickets for their own headlining shows. There are a lot of artists who I think are wonderful/sympathetic people, but when it comes to spending my time and my $, I will spend it on music I want to hear and performers I want to see. I assume that most other people have a similar approach and spend their entertainment $ to please themselves. I don’t know anyone who surveys their music choices and makes a decision based on which artist has the most sympathetic story, I feel certain that in the vast majority of cases it’s based on who they want to listen to and look at. Danny has a beautiful voice, is a very attractive man, has a very engaging personality, and is a dynamic performer. I think it is likely that those are the qualities that matter in the context of his ability to achieve a sustainable career. Looks like he’s off to a great start to me.

  44. No problem with Danny singing a rock song, it adds a little flavour, makes things a bit more interesting. Girlygirl, I love it when our favourite sings ‘unexpected’ songs and I sure Danny’s fans feel the same way. As for being a superstar, as others have said, if he is a superstar to his fans that is all that matters, I know my fav is a superstar to me, and no one is going to tell me otherwise.

    JoCeeisme, thank you for those kind words, I hope you are enjoying your favorite just as much as we do ours, sounds like you are and I think that’s wonderful! It’s a lot of fun, isn’t it! :)

  45. There are a lot of artists who I think are wonderful/sympathetic people, but when it comes to spending my time and my $, I will spend it on music I want to hear and performers I want to see. I assume that most other people have a similar approach and spend their entertainment $ to please themselves. I don’t know anyone who surveys their music choices and makes a decision based on which artist has the most sympathetic story, I feel certain that in the vast majority of cases it’s based on who they want to listen to and look at.

    As usual, Josie, thanks for saying what I meant to say much more eloquently and succinctly :)

    I (and most I think) are just not altruistic enough to pay hard earned $$ for CDs and concert tickets just because they feel sympathy or admiration for someone!

  46. Again thanks for posting this Steph.

    Danny is what American Idol is and should be about. Discovering talent that most likely would never have seen the light of day otherwise.

    He’s an amazing performer.

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