Danny Gokey May Announce a Record Deal Soon

In a pre-concert interview with the Allentown Morning Call, Danny Gokey hints at good things to come:

Danny Gokey, the only contestant among the Top Four from this season’s ‘American Idol’  not to sign a record contract, said today an announcement is imminent.

Gokey, in a telephone interview with The Morning Call to promote the ‘American Idols Live’  tour’s stop tomorrow at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, declined to give details on the pending deal.

‘All I can say is there’s good news, ‘  Gokey, who finished third behind winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert, he said from Albany, N.Y., where the tour plays tonight. ‘That’s all I can say. There’s good news on the horizon.

‘I’ve been told to keep my mouth kind of quiet about it, ‘ Gokey said of the coming announcement. ‘So that’s our little secret. It’s gotta be done properly; they’re not going to start talking about it.’ 

What we know: Danny has already met with Word, a Christian Label, and RCA Nashville. In July, Danny told MTV news that he found a producer he really wanted to work with–Mark Bright, the CEO of Word. Bright has also produced for Carrie Underwood.

But don’t assume that Danny is going Christian Contemporary.   Danny has been hinting strongly that he’ll go country. “There’s no twang in me, but I love the message that country [has], ” says Danny, “Country music kind of houses the message that I like, and I can still talk about the things in my music that still goes on in that genre…I never thought about it before, but I could see myself doing it, if we could just get the twang right.’ 

Independence day for the Idols not signed to 19 is August 20, I believe. So, there could be an announcement about a record deal from Danny any day now.

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95 Comments

  1. Awesome! Danny totally deserves it…no matter which genre he goes into. There is definitely a spot in the industry for Gokey.

  2. Yay! I began liking Danny after Idol. He sounds great in concert and has a lot of charisma on stage. His voice is really nice.

  3. Well, here it comes. Good job, Danny. Now that he’ll be given the opportunity, we’ll see what kind of music he’ll pull off through it.

  4. Country artists from Idol who are genuinely country can do well– Carrie, Kellie and Bucky. Those that try to crossover tend to flail and switch– Phil Stacey. It’ll be interesting to see if Danny can break into a genre that he never really embraced. Oh, and Danny, you wouldn’t be the first to do country without twang.

  5. I’m excited to see what happens. I hope he gets a record deal just so that I can hear what kind of music he’d make. I’m curious.

    If he got a record deal this week, when would we expect an album from him?

  6. I’m thrilled for Danny if this happens. Despite whatever anyone else says, he deserves this! I hope this happens.

  7. Honestly, I would do well not hearing from this guy after the show. Hopefully, his album would be VERY niche-bound yet good enough for him to live in an expensive city. ‘Coz seriously, I don’t see him as pop star material. He’s more reality TV material, I think.

  8. I agree with you jack5791. I wonder when this will actually be officially announced? It could coincide with the Milwaukee concert coming up next week.

    Although Sony Nashville is the bigger label, I almost feel like it might be better in the long run if Danny signs with Word, and does crossover music through that label. That way he could hit both the Christian market and the perhaps the country market

    Danny has been impressive on tour both in concert and with his fan interaction. I wish him the best. Hopefully we will hear of a signing for Matt, too, as well as some of the others.

  9. This would seem to confirm that he is not signing with Sony Nashville – or Sony anywhere. Otherwise, why wait until “Independence Day” as MJ put it?

    Does Word have any country acts right now?

    There has been no mention of Lyric Street Records. But they are home to Rascal Flatts and have signed three Idol contestants in the past. I would be surprised if they did not have any talks with Gokey. Country could be a good fit for Danny, but I still think he’s his own worst enemy.

    Google will not be his friend when he goes on his radio tour.

  10. Good for Danny! I can’t say I’m a fan, but I always thought he had a hell of a recording voice. Plus, I’d love to see him get signed ASAP because I’m so tired of 19 consistently dissing the person who comes in third season after season. In Danny’s case, it was obvious he was an early favorite of the producers and judges. It was also obvious they wanted him in the finale with Adam. He doesn’t make the finale, and suddenly he’s not good enough for them?

  11. If he got a record deal this week, when would we expect an album from him?

    It would be great if he could get it out before the end of the year, but I don’t see that happening…..maybe February-March. Probably not the best time for an album to drop, from what I hear, but it is what it is.

  12. They asked him to not talk about it – maybe he should heed their advice and wait until there is an announcement. Just a thought.

  13. I hope it works out for him. He’s obviously a wonderful person & deserves it. I am a fan of his & I would buy his album whether it be Contemporary Christian or Country because I’m a fan of both. I have such a huge range of taste for music. I basically like it all (except rap). :)
    Yay for Danny!! :)

  14. I’d like to not announce that I, too, may or may not be signing a record deal soon, but if I were, I’ve been told to keep it quiet, and if I weren’t, I would say I was, anyway, so everyone wouldn’t think I got the shaft while I continue to deny I may or may not have a contract one of these days when recording execs notice me some day, hopefully, in the near future and before I have to go on “America’s Got Talent” in order to revive my career as a genre-free non-recording artist/reality show contestant-turned possible recording artist……………………

  15. He doesn’t make the finale, and suddenly he’s not good enough for them?

    Maybe because they found him hard to market in the music industry. I mean I agree that he’s got a good voice. However, he was more “character” than “pop star”. Not to mention, he failed to define himself during the show and even now. I mean, seriously, he’s got the most disparate set of all the Idols: One ’80s song, one Latin song and two country songs. He needs to figure out what he really wants, not change courses through time.

  16. They asked him to not talk about it – maybe he should heed their advice and wait until there is an announcement. Just a thought.

    Well, oceana, I laughed a little about that myself, but honestly they could mean talking about who he’s signing with and specifics about the signing.

  17. I think Danny has a very inspirational sounding voice. I don’t know what genre he will fit into, but he reminded me of a guy Carrie Underwood during the concert. (I think just the hopeful tone). idk.

  18. I just hope he signs with a label that knows what to do with him. I really don’t think country is a good direction for him. Although it seems like a logical fit, it’s really not a comfortable one. The contemporary Christian direction, even if he’s not marketed exclusively in that realm, would be a much better fit. He can do something like Switchfoot, who have managed to do the crossover thing between contemporary Christian music and pop/rock. I went to school with some of the guys in that band, and although they are much saavier and smarter than Gokey, they have a lot of similarities. Oh well, they’ll probably take him in the country direction because it’s the easiest.

  19. I hope it works out for him. He’s obviously a wonderful person & deserves it. I am a fan of his & I would buy his album whether it be Contemporary Christian or Country because I’m a fan of both. I have such a huge range of taste for music. I basically like it all (except rap). :)
    Yay for Danny!! :)

    Me too. :smile_wp:

  20. Whaaa? Is there an echo in here? DANNY GOKEY RECORD DEAL RECORD DEAL record deal record deal

  21. Good for Danny. He’s got a great voice and with some help and guidance with musical direction I think he’ll do great. His concert performance was really good and I wish nothing but the best for him.

  22. I don’t doubt that Danny has or will soon get a record deal. But he SAYS he’s not supposed to talk about it — and the he basically does just that. Yeah, no — just keep quiet until all the papers are signed and a formal announcement is made. That way, you dont look bad if the deal falls through

  23. My money is on Danny signing with Word. I know where he can pick up a used Idol coronation song pretty cheap that could be re-worked as a crossover piece. He might as well, it was clearly written for his voice – not Kris or Adam’s, and certainly not Allison’s. CC music is what Danny knows. He admittedly struggled every week with song choice because he didn’t know very much about other genres of music. Good for him if he stays with what he’s comfortable with.

  24. Well if it is a valid clue or not, Danny started following Carrie Underwood and Rascall Flatts! I don’t really know about Danny as a country music success. But who knows?

  25. Poor Danny, he has been saying the same thing for weeks, or has it been months? You know, got a record deal in the works, announcement soon. I hope this time its true, but only because I think he deserves a shot partly because AI acted like he had a win in the bag. This seriously messed with the guy’s head. Give him a deal and let’s see how it goes. Actually I think he did best on Rat Pack week so if all else fails he can do a lounge act in Vegas.

  26. My prediction – Danny will emerge as one of the more successful idols from Season 8, along with Adam. Danny is a showman. He is getting great reviews from the tour on his ability to engage and connect with an audiences, often times the 2nd largest applause of the night. The New York crowd all gave him good reviews, and this is a tough audience to please. And the guy has a unique sound – I have always loved his bluesy, soulful voice. And if ends up working with Mark Bright, Danny can’t loose. This guy is a superstar producer who guided Carrie Underwood. Also, it’s all about the fans and Danny certainly has built a huge fan base.

  27. Danny will emerge as one of the more successful idols from Season 8, along with Adam.

    Yuck! Never put Adam and Gokey together, dammit! And seriously, the only people who’d buy his album are his die-hard fans, conservatives and old people.

    And the guy has a unique sound – I have always loved his bluesy, soulful voice.

    Unique?! B*tch, please! He’s just like George Huff and Taylor Hicks who have the same kind of voice.

    Also, it’s all about the fans and Danny certainly has built a huge fan base.

    You mean a huge fanbase in the Idol bubble. And those attending the Tour consist of just 4% of the US. B*tch still needs to attract non-Idol watchers, who account for about 9% of the US population.

    I hope this time its true, but only because I think he deserves a shot partly because AI acted like he had a win in the bag. This seriously messed with the guy’s head. Give him a deal and let’s see how it goes. Actually I think he did best on Rat Pack week so if all else fails he can do a lounge act in Vegas.

    This is so full of LOLZ!

  28. If he’s being signed by Mark Bright, Danny has a shot. Danny reminds me of Pickler because I thought both of them were huge phonies during their season. But when I saw them on tour, I realized that were 100% sincere. I’m not saying he’ll match her success. Too early for any predictions.

    He’s always fun though. Who else makes an announcement about how he’s not allowed to make an announcement? Don’t ever change, Danny.

  29. I liked Danny early in the season, but then he got really boring. His performances didn’t match all the hype.

    And, I reeaaaally have a problem with people who put their religion above everything (cough cough love in the godly way cough cough) , but, hey, that’s just me.

  30. At least Danny can sing. I, for one, have had it up to here with posers who have the perfect “image” and loads of popstar “charisma.” Down with superficiality, up with talent! Give me a freakin’ singer for once, damn it! Britt Spears and her ilk can suck it.

  31. (cough cough love in the godly way cough cough)

    Amen to that!

    But in fairness, I think Matt and Anoop should be signed BEFORE him. They’re more fitting to modern tastes IMO.

  32. Those that try to crossover tend to flail and switch’“ Phil Stacey.

    Phil did not cross over. He grew up with country, bluegrass and Gospel in Eastern Kentucky. Like he himself said, it is in his blood. He got his rock influences when he became lead vocalist in the Navy rock band Pride. He sang that mostly in the rock band because he would be part of the recruiting efforts in high schools for the Navy. And he had recorded worship music because he was also music minister and worship leader. But the country roots never left him, and Randy correctly said he could do country when he did “Where the Black Top Ends.” Had there been a Christian music week, he would have excelled there, too. His lack of success in country music was mainly due to the lack of support of his label, with all due respect. He had good songs on the cd.

    I am glad to hear of some good news coming soon for Danny, regardless of the genre. He is talented, and it will show in his music.

  33. Danny gets the “doesn’t know genres” criticism a lot, and he does criticize himself for it too. I had a thought about that today when I saw what MJ wrote about Danny in the Boston thread. This is what she said:

    I’m going to be be writing up my recap soon, but I just wanted to echo something that Squirrely said earler about Danny being best last night. He wasn’t my personal favorite, but he got the best crowd response of the night for ‘My Wish’ .

    Danny was singing his heart out, totally in the zone. The connection to the crowed was spiritual’“they were singing along, waving their hands or their glowsticks. It was like everyone in that arena became one person. It was overwhelming.

    By working days as a truck driver and nights as a worship leader (I think he supported two churches), Danny was indeed immersed in Christian music so the “genre” thing is true, but I think he gained something too. Worship music is all about expressing emotion. So I think this just really comes naturally to Danny now, I doubt if he even has to think about it much. I don’t think that is true for most new artists and there is not anyone else in this AI bunch who is as skilled in this particular facet of performance as Danny. I am guessing that this is a quality that is going to be a very strong asset for him in launching his career, much more so than knowing a lot about genres. So, perhaps what has been seen as a negative will turn out to be a positive. I think so.

    I hope the announcement comes soon, I am so curious to know the details. I think it’s immaterial that Danny mentioned that an announcement is coming. Does no harm to anyone and it’s an encouragement to all his fans who are bugging him to death for news.

  34. “At least Danny can sing.

    Very true, I’ll give you that. That’s what brought him to my attention back in the auditions.

  35. Danny has way more potential to sell music in the country market than Matt or Anoop do as Top 40 artists. If Danny tried to go Top 40, he’d have trouble as well. That market is just too tough to crack for any of those guys IMO.

    Danny and one really strong song like My Wish could sell some albums.
    Of course, who knows if he gets that song. But then getting great songs will be the problem for all of them.

  36. And it’s not only about good songs but also good networking, knowing the right people inside the music industry at the right time. I mean, we can see Chris Sligh is a GREAT composer just for “Here Comes Goodbye” and where’s his major record deal again? Which is very sad because I always thought Sligh was great. Singing and talking. That comment about the Teletubbies on Idol is unforgettable. Great stuff.

  37. Phil did not cross over. He grew up with country, bluegrass and Gospel in Eastern Kentucky. Like he himself said, it is in his blood. He got his rock influences when he became lead vocalist in the Navy rock band Pride. He sang that mostly in the rock band because he would be part of the recruiting efforts in high schools for the Navy. And he had recorded worship music because he was also music minister and worship leader. But the country roots never left him, and Randy correctly said he could do country when he did ‘Where the Black Top Ends.’  Had there been a Christian music week, he would have excelled there, too. His lack of success in country music was mainly due to the lack of support of his label, with all due respect. He had good songs on the cd.

    I don’t really know what was in Phil’s roots, and that’s my point. He was doing power ballads IIRC, and then the judges told him to stick to country. My point is that the general public seems to get that Carrie, Kellie, and Bucky were country from start to finish. They knew who they were as artists. Phil, on the other hand, wasn’t able to communicate that to the Idol audience or survive on the same label as Bucky. I think Danny may have an even tougher time, given he’s all over the place.

    Chris Sligh is a GREAT composer just for ‘Here Comes Goodbye’  and where’s his major record deal again? Which is very sad because I always thought Sligh was great. Singing and talking. That comment about the Teletubbies on Idol is unforgettable. Great stuff.

    Sligh was hit or miss on the show for me, but I really, really like him. I think he’s gonna be a huge songwriter, and that will prove just as profitable (probably more so) than him being a huge star.

  38. joeschmoe319 said:

    Yuck! Never put Adam and Gokey together, dammit! And seriously, the only people who’d buy his album are his die-hard fans, conservatives and old people.

    I think Adam, in most possible outcomes, ends up on Broadway within five years. I fail to see how Danny is not capable of winning the casual music consumer, which really is a different beast than the fans dedicated faithfully to certain Idols.

  39. I was a Danny hater during the season and I still hate Danny “the contestant in AI” because of the overuse of his backstory and the overpimping by the judges.
    But I am done hating him and the tour seems to show that both him and Sarver are genuinely nice people albeit perhaps not very smart or educated.

    I could very well see Danny successding if he gets some good inpirational songs. His strenght seems to be in his ability to connect with people that I suppose he developped while working both as a truck driver and a worship leader. I don’t think I am ever going to buy something from him since it’s not the type of music I listen to but I wish him well.

  40. Totally in love with Danny and yeah, so happy that he can soon announce a recording contract.

    It doesn’t matter to me which genre he follows cause I listen to all kinds anyway. It seems to me there is lots of music fusion happening out there(Robert Plante with Alison Krause at the Grammy’s just popped into my head) and this is the way music is going right now.

    Danny’s got the fan-base for sure right now. He just needs that hook song to win the casual music consumer and I could so see him performing something with Carrie Underwood one day. Sony Nashville?

  41. I think Adam, in most possible outcomes, ends up on Broadway within five years. I fail to see how Danny is not capable of winning the casual music consumer, which really is a different beast than the fans dedicated faithfully to certain Idols.

    I am not quite a fan of Adam. In fact, he’s third in my book. But in fairness, the difference the two have is that one is creative and has a strong musical identity and the other just has a good voice and the everyman appeal going for him. In fairness to them, both were very inclined to sing older songs as compared to the other two Top 4. This made them appeal to the older demographic, which the show is tending to nowadays. However, one of them had the ability to make it more modern and “their own” while the other just sang it by-the-book.

    And seriously, I find the guy hard to frickin’ market: Too unhip to be pop, too Midwestern to be country, too white to be soul and Latin. Then again, the market I see he could be in is in the Adult Contemporary and CCM. And he seems to eschew these prospects because of the narrow audience it has.

  42. Josie, I agree with everything that you said. I went to sleep the other night and didn’t see M.J.’s comment in the Boston thread. I do appreciate that she shared that with us. Thanks M.J.!

    I can say that I witnessed Danny’s connection with the crowd in Greensboro. I had floor seats that night. The girl next to me told me she was an Adam fan. During My Wish she was swaying her arms and tears were streaming down her cheeks. I also noticed a lady in front of me crying during that song. She and her daughters were from Michigan and had brought signs for Matt, Kris, and Adam. Also there were three twenty something guys with their girlfriends/wives that were seated a few rows up from me. They were also swaying their arems (pretty much everyoene was, really). When Danny finished with My Wish, he did the heart hand thingy and pointed and waved his fingers across the front rows basically signifying that he had dedicated that song to the audience. I noticed those guys started clapping their hands and nodding their heads vigorously. I could tell that they really appreciated the song. I thought, too, that it being NC, they may also be big country fans, but they really did seem to enjoy Danny’s rendition and his connection to the audience.

    And that really is where Danny’s talent lies. He is admittedly not as musically diverse with respect to alot of genres, but he has a great and powerful voice and he pours his heart into what he sings. It’s this connection that he makes with the listener that is a special talent.

  43. But in fairness, I think Matt and Anoop should be signed BEFORE him. They’re more fitting to modern tastes IMO.

    I fail to see how Danny is not capable of winning the casual music consumer, which really is a different beast than the fans dedicated faithfully to certain Idols.

    There is no one “modern tastes” or one “casual music consumer.” There are so many different genres of music, and within that different niches and subgenres. None of this year’s Idols are in direct competition because they’re each so different in that respect.

    As for Danny, perhaps he isn’t yet familiar with a lot of music outside of gospel, but that doesn’t mean he can’t sing his own ‘modern soul country’ music convincingly. I think he has defined himself musically, and those two genres that he means to fuse could work very well together, especially with Danny’s sincerity and voice behind it. “Inspirational” might be the defining word with his music.

  44. By working days as a truck driver and nights as a worship leader (I think he supported two churches), Danny was indeed immersed in Christian music so the ‘genre’  thing is true, but I think he gained something too. Worship music is all about expressing emotion. So I think this just really comes naturally to Danny now, I doubt if he even has to think about it much. I don’t think that is true for most new artists and there is not anyone else in this AI bunch who is as skilled in this particular facet of performance as Danny. I am guessing that this is a quality that is going to be a very strong asset for him in launching his career, much more so than knowing a lot about genres. So, perhaps what has been seen as a negative will turn out to be a positive. I think so.

    That was a nice statement. I hope Danny does well. I expect different music from him than my favorites, but i bet I will love what he sings.

  45. However, one of them had the ability to make it more modern and ‘their own’  while the other just sang it by-the-book.

    I do agree with you here. Adam was more adept at rearranging the old songs. However I do think Danny was making strides in this area at about the time he got kicked off. I loved his arrangement of You Are So Beautiful….it was definately not a rehash of the original. Well, I should say I loved everything except the beginning, but I think what he did to the middle and the end was beautiful. Danny came in behind the game and definately had to work that much harder because he was not familiar with the popular songs that were available to sing on Idol. I remember after one of his performances Ryan said something to the effect that he had been working on that song well into the night. So again, Danny was behind the game, but I do think he was learning and growing…and he admits that he is still learning.

  46. I hope Danny has a record deal. I completely and thoroughly blame TPTB and Paula for making Danny TCO this year. However, this may pay off for him in the end. Good for him. I think I like Danny as a person and understand he has a good voice. However, a good voice, even a great voice, does not an artist make. He impressed me with his audition and during Hollywood week, but it went downhill after that, imo.

    However, the world is bigger than AI and I think all could work out for him in the end. I agree with whoever said that he needs someone who can work with him to discover who he is as an artist. I hope this happens. I honestly believe he has come a long way as a person since the beginning of AI. I wish Danny all the best.

  47. However I do think Danny was making strides in this area at about the time he got kicked off. I loved his arrangement of You Are So Beautiful’ ¦.it was definately not a rehash of the original. Well, I should say I loved everything except the beginning, but I think what he did to the middle and the end was beautiful. Danny came in behind the game and definately had to work that much harder because he was not familiar with the popular songs that were available to sing on Idol. I remember after one of his performances Ryan said something to the effect that he had been working on that song well into the night. So again, Danny was behind the game, but I do think he was learning and growing’ ¦and he admits that he is still learning.

    He tried, can’t blame him there. But even that was a hot mess.

    One thing’s for sure is that he’s the “classic Idol belter.” These are the types that would’ve won past seasons: the ones with great voices, period. And with respect to him, I think he would have given Ruben and Clay a run for their money, pwned Fantasia by a mile and even be the sole male redemption of Season 6. Or maybe he could’ve broke in to Season 5’s Top 4 easily.

  48. I think Adam, in most possible outcomes, ends up on Broadway within five years. I fail to see how Danny is not capable of winning the casual music consumer, which really is a different beast than the fans dedicated faithfully to certain Idols.

    If Adam ends up on stage, I think there are worse fates for him. I don’t see Danny having success in mainstream country, pop, urban or latin. Christian is his best choice, and I hope for his sake that he embraces that.

  49. Poor Danny he is starting to sound like Scott. Always in meetings and telephone calls but nothing concrete. I hope he gets signed and goes the country route that way I don’t have to listen to him again in my life.

  50. alexWTrugscongrats to all the idols on the east coast for being free from their “slavetracts!” (copyright @junotjoyner) three more hours for me!
    about 2 hours ago from web

    This is from Alex Trugman on Twitter….I thought it was funny. Hopefully, now that Danny is free from his “slavetract”, we will hear something soon. I still think they may wait until next week.

    Congrats to all the idols who are now free to pursue other opportunities!

  51. I can still talk about the things in my music that still goes on in that genre

    What?

  52. lol “slavetrack”. Did Alex just coin a new Idol term?

    ETA: or did ju’not say it first?

  53. At first Danny’s voice was interesting to me. His smarmy looks during performances turned me off, but I kept listening without watching. I hated the overuse of the backstory….but let’s just say for argument’s sake that was out of his control….

    What he thought/said about Adam and gays in general was the deal breaker for me. The abuse by his family at the dinner was beyond the pale. That alone will keep ME from buying his stuff. But I am going to hang firm to the hope that all these months living, working, watching Adam has enabled him to grow as a person to embrace Adam and all gays as equals. I’m hopeful that the stupid anti-gay comments cease. I’m hopeful that Adam, by his actions has opened a door for Danny to walk through toward light.

    If so, perhaps Danny can help spread the message of equality. I’m fearful that his pastor and his particular brand of religion will suck him back under though. For that reason, I will be watching what happens with interest; I won’t be buying tunes till I see what direction he travels in that regard.

    Do I think he deserves a record deal. For sure. They ALL do. These kids have worked hard, put themselves on the firing line…kept their heads up and continued forward. They ALL can sing better than I can, and I admire them all for that alone. MY WISH is that the Idol experience has given each of them the platform, opportunity and offers that will help pay their bills, keep them healthy and allow them the opportunity for personal growth.

  54. I love Danny. I think that he is talented and sincere, and I am glad that it looks like he is getting a record deal. I wish him a lot of success and I will support him in his music career.

  55. I’d like to not announce that I, too, may or may not be signing a record deal soon, but if I were, I’ve been told to keep it quiet, and if I weren’t, I would say I was, anyway, so everyone wouldn’t think I got the shaft while I continue to deny I may or may not have a contract one of these day

    Hee. Dude is headed for the dark, cobwebby closet that contains the onetime popularity of Syesha Mercado, Blake Lewis and Vonzell Solomon. Idol fame is a fickle b*tch.

  56. Danny reminds me of Pickler

    Yep. Because they both sincerely believe that ignorance is a wonderful thing.

    KP has made that work for her. But I wonder whether a guy can pull it off as well as a woman who can put herself in the “ditzy blonde” niche.

  57. It would be great if he could get it out before the end of the year, but I don’t see that happening’ ¦..maybe February-March. Probably not the best time for an album to drop, from what I hear, but it is what it is.

    Elliott went gold with a platinum single dropping in March, his first time out. So it’s possible. You just have to have the right music and get some kind of a push. Danny seems lucky in this way, so who knows.

  58. I still don’t buy Danny’s story that he didn’t know any music other than gospel. He has said that he had watched previous seasons of Idol, he listened to Latin music with his wife and her family… come on. If he didn’t start listening to more mainstream music after auditioning and especially between Hollywood and January, he’s a complete idiot.

  59. Ok, so how many iterations do we have now of Gokey “kinda sorta maybe having a deal in the works”, yet not allowed to talk about it, but he’s talking about it anyway? This is like the 3rd or 4th time, right? Ok, I guess at this point, like Paula returning to Idol, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  60. And seriously, the only people who’d buy his album are his die-hard fans, conservatives and old people.

    There is a misconception that “old people” all like the same kind of music. That might have been true for previous generations, when there was less variety of music available in their youth, but for my generation of “old people” we grew up on hard and soft rock, pop, motown and soul, psychedelic, not to mention the other genres like country, classical, and jazz.

    I buy new songs off itunes and listen to a wide variety of music. I’m always discovering new music and new artists. So it’s really not possible to make assumptions about what “old people” listen to. And when you become old, you will not automatically start listening to conservative music, you will still like Adam, or Kris, and all the singers you like now, as well as many who haven’t even started making their mark yet.

    I think the boomer generation of “old people” will defy previous stereotypes. We broke ground in our youth and have always been nonconformists (some of us) and that doesn’t stop when one’s body ages. We grew up on the musical Hair, we grew up on Led Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, don’t put us into the “old people” box please. Thanks. :) (I’ve been through the music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and the 2000s, so if anything, I have a wider knowledge of music than young people do. A lot of songs that are today’s covers, I recognize instantly as I remember the originals.) And something else I’ll say for us “old people,” we were out in the streets demonstrating against war and corporate takeover, being teargassed and chased by dogs (yes more than once). We were the second wave of feminists, and many of the rights women enjoy today were due to our work. We were not “brands” and we were not subdued by commercials and corporations. We spoke out and laid our lives on the line for our ideals. So don’t put us in a box. (sorry for the soapbox, I just don’t like stereotypes)

  61. Danny reminds me of Pickler

    Yep. Because they both sincerely believe that ignorance is a wonderful thing.

    KP has made that work for her. But I wonder whether a guy can pull it off as well as a woman who can put herself in the ‘ditzy blonde’  niche.

    He doesn’t remind me of Kellie Pickler, only superficially. She always knew what her genre was. The ditzy blonde act worked for her on the show, but she is working her ass off to grow up and move beyond that now. She’s working hard for recognition and respect, and it’s slowly coming to her. She’s been touring almost constantly since her season ended three years ago, and has made two darn good cds.

    I really don’t think the ditziness is an act when it comes to Danny. I think he really is clueless. Kellie signed a record deal with 19 on July 17 after the season ended. She had a special something that the suits recognized and snapped up right away.

    I can see how there might be a shallow similarity but I wouldn’t assume that Danny will have Kellie’s success. For one thing he hasn’t got the kind of sparkly personality that’s going to endear him to tv audiences. Leno isn’t going to hire him to be a roving reporter for the grammies etc. Kellie is one of the few contestants who had that kind of appeal and she’s one of the most successful idols from the show. It still remains to be proven if Danny will have anywhere near that kind of success. Kellie has toured with big country stars, but who will Danny tour with? Where does he fit in musically besides ccm? I just don’ t know how marketable he is, and I never thought he was all that likable, though some find him so.

  62. Ahh, finally a Danny thread, MJ I love you!!!!

    Part of Danny’s confusion, etc. could very possibly have to do with his grieving processing. I for one, lost my way & continue to do so 18 years later after losing my only child. Grief over loss changes who you once were, ESPECIALLY when it’s so new! I admire him to the core of my heart for the bravery to continue his dream through his difficult journey.

    Danny Gokey is and always will be my one & only AMERICAN IDOL “HERO”!!!!!

    I pray he finds his way through his music and wish him much success in his career!

    I hear & feel you Danny, there are many who join me, no doubt in my mind!
    :wub_tb:

  63. I hear & feel you Danny, there are many who join me, no doubt in my mind

    I agree. There are a lot of people that love and feel Danny. He connects with a lot of people, and I think that he really feels whatever he’s singing.

  64. It would be great if he could get it out before the end of the year, but I don’t see that happening’ ¦..maybe February-March. Probably not the best time for an album to drop, from what I hear, but it is what it is.

    I see absolutely no reason Danny couldn’t have an album out by the holiday season.

    It’s not as if he needs time to contribute to the writing process. He doesn’t have the skill set to add anything to the arrangements. He doesn’t even have a grasp on a genre or any sort of direction.
    Much of the time necessary to make an album is devoted to the creative process and IMO Danny won’t be part of that- he’ll be a singer. And it’s a good thing because somehow I get the feeling that the less they let Danny mess with things the more likely it is to be profitable.

    If he is indeed being signed I think it highly likely that the label already has a direction in mind for him. They will pull relevant songs out of their back pocket- every label has a stash of them. Danny will be handed a list and told where to go and how to sing them.

    Hell, if they’re smart they already have the backing tracks in progress and will only need to record the vocals in a mad rush after the tour ends.
    Kristy Lee Cook did it and Danny can too.

  65. I love Danny’s voice, pure and simple. When he pops up on my ipod, I’m always thrilled. His ‘persona’, quirks, beliefs, whatever have no bearing on that instant of enjoyment. I just love a good singers voice – from Billie Holiday to Duffy. I’m old, too – what oceana said.

  66. I should add that when I was young, I didn’t admire “old people” either but now that I’m one of them, I realize you are still you inside and some of us still like to think we are young in spirit … but I know how it is to be young, so you know, gather ye rosebuds while ye may, enjoy it.

    http://www.bartleby.com/101/248.html

  67. I can see how there might be a shallow similarity but I wouldn’t assume that Danny will have Kellie’s success. For one thing he hasn’t got the kind of sparkly personality that’s going to endear him to tv audiences. Leno isn’t going to hire him to be a roving reporter for the grammies etc. Kellie is one of the few contestants who had that kind of appeal and she’s one of the most successful idols from the show. It still remains to be proven if Danny will have anywhere near that kind of success.

    I agree.

    When it comes to Pickler, I think only part of her ditziness is an act, though. She pretty clearly *knows* nothing, although I think she’s probably picking up quite a bit of show-business savvy. When she did a guest spot on Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader her ignorance, including of music, was truly astounding, and I didn’t get the feeling that any of it was an act. (she was clearly delighted with her ignorance, but I really don’t think she was playacting it) She was playing for charity, and I don’t think she really wanted to walk away getting them no money. I hope she figures out that you probably need to know a few things to get along in the world, even the show-business world, before she gets much older, since being the adorable blonde complete ditz only works for so many years, and after that you have to know something to steer your career.

  68. I hear & feel you Danny, there are many who join me, no doubt in my mind

    I agree. There are a lot of people that love and feel Danny. He connects with a lot of people, and I think that he really feels whatever he’s singing.

    I also agree. I started out this season voting for Danny as the one contestant that stood out the most (I could hardly remember anyone else after Hollywood week, granted Danny had a lot of time in the spotlight). I’ll admit, he had me nearly bawling when he first talked about his wife, and I bought into the pathos he tended to squeeze out of songs like Hero (he was the only one in group 1 that I REALLY wanted to see move on), and his voice reminded me of David Cook, with that deep, sexy growl.

    Granted, he couldn’t impress me enough as the season wore on, and as other contestants consistently stepped up their game. But I do whole-heartedly agree that he has a sweet conscience, and a good heart, and that he reaches a lot of people through his inspirational voice and style. I know so many people, personally, who loved him a lot this season.

    So, here’s hoping for the best for him.

  69. I agree she is uneducated and basically there is a lot of ignorance there, and I hope she is becoming more educated now. With her disadvantaged upbringing she had a lot of strikes against her, but she found a way to overcome them and succeed. I wasn’t crazy about the ditzy act, but I saw beyond it to the person who was hiding there. I cringed on that 5th grader show, at her ignorance, but again, whose fault is it that she wasn’t educated as a child? She made the most of what she had, and I think she’s growing up more now, with Taylor Swift and Taylor’s mother being a big influence on her. She was always reasonably intelligent, and pretty smart to get where she has gotten. Crazy like a fox, I guess. lol. You know, we don’t like to see women play up their ignorance, it’s not becoming, so I hope she’s moving past that. I notice when she’s on Ellen now she talks in a more intelligent way. I think she’s growing a lot.

  70. I don’t think there’s any way Danny’ll have anywhere near Kellie’s level of success if he goes country. He’s a much better singer but Kellie knew who she was, she fit country music, and it showed on her first album. IMO her sophomore album hasn’t done as well because she’s gotten away from who she is but it’s been saved by the Taylor Swift connection.

    Unless Danny primarily targets the Christian market I honestly think he is going to be in a big fight for musical relevance. I guess maybe if he has a great lead single country might play him but authenticity will be a major issue.

  71. Maybe I’m the only one, but I think it’s going to be very hard for a record label to come up with a viable big seller for Danny. Past his Christian music experience, he really hasn’t defined who he is as a singer. The truly successful ones usually do that rather than trying to squeeze into whatever genre they think they can modify themselves enough to fit. But Danny seems to be putting his musical cart before his horse.

    If what we’ve heard so far is true and Danny is headed for country, I wish the very best success for him. Good on him if he’s really a country singer at heart. But I don’t think he is, and country fans can smell a fake a mile away. :unsure_tb:

  72. I’m perplexed by the people who predict Adam will be going to Broadway, not in a positive light, but like its the boobie prize. I can only deduce that people who make comments like that have a disdain for Broadway and have possibly never been to a Broadway show. If you don’t like Adam, fine, but he is getting positive feedback from people like Brian May and many others of that caliber. Adam will have many projects to choose from and will not be “limited” to Broadway, but if and when he does sign up ticket sales will go through the roof.

    As for Kellie Pickler, my husband and I love Kellie, people can be ditzy and smart at the same time, I ought to know because I have a MA degree but I’m still ditzy – its something you don’t work at, you just are. Kellie is loved by many because she has an engaging personality and the girl has proven that she can entertain. If Danny does as well as Kellie, good on him, but as far as I can see its like comparing apples to oranges.

  73. I don’t see any way he’s gong to make the Christmas season at this point.

    As for his career prospects, I reserve judgment until I hear who signed him and what direction the music will take. He can always launch a single on Idol in the spring. He probably won’t move hhhuuuggeee numbers, but he does have a fanbase and is well liked outside the internet. He can sing. So paired with the right song he can do some damage.

  74. My personal feelings toward Danny aside, I do want to address something that I hope I never hear from him in a professional singing capacity regardless of who he signs with or what genre.

    If Danny ever speaks about, entertains a question about, or feels inclined to entertwine the death of his wife and his “foundation” with his singing career I will be totally up in arms. I won’t argue the fact that Danny has a nice, rich, thoroughly untrained voice that could be developed into some type of instrument and that his voice could sell a song. But, if he so much as whispers a word about his religion in a secular world, drops a hint about his “woe is me I lost my wife and therefore deserve to be a singing sensation” or endorses his foundation in an interview or concert, etc. I will forever think the absolute worst of the man.

    If he goes out and fights the fair fight using his vocals to harness fans and sell records then I will change my tune and endorse his endeavors. We’ll see!

  75. I liked him on his audition but hearing his back story over and over again kind of put me off. Then they way he presented himself during the show and another factors concerning Adam just added to the list that make me stay away as far as possible from him. However, yes, its good that he finally get what he wants. Like I said before Danny needs to keep quite until all the work done and until he actually has the contract he wanted on his hand. And it’s good that the labels told him to, because anything could happen on the negotiation table.

    I remembered Kris told Jim/MTV that there would be a couple of people that ‘possibly’  get signed. Danny is one of them, and maybe’ ¦ Matt? Please? or Michael? Michael said he’s been approached by country label’ ¦. That’s good, it means this tour really help them.

  76. ‘woe is me I lost my wife and therefore deserve to be a singing sensation’  or endorses his foundation in an interview or concert, etc. I will forever think the absolute worst of the man.

    No fear in that, SOCIETY in general will undoubetedly force him to keep it inside, he is new at this, but in time he will learn not to speak out loud, just to keep it locked inside, in order to please others!

  77. Actually I think he did best on Rat Pack week so if all else fails he can do a lounge act in Vegas.

    Isn’t Vegas “Sin City”? Is he going to try to convert people?

    Maybe he can do a reality show with Paula. They both seem to have “negotiations” going on. Throw Scott in there and you’ve got a new Three’s Company.

  78. If they don’t get signed, maybe Sarver and Danny can go on “Can You Duet?” oh, wait . . . I forgot. “Renegade.”

    Never was a Danny fan for all the reasons kansasfemale stated above, but I do wish him well. I think his seeming inability or unwillingness to adapt or expand his talents and horizons will ultimately hurt him however.

    My interest in and like of Sarver has grown during the tour. Don’t know if I would ever buy his music, but do hope he gets signed.

  79. CONGRATULATIONS DANNY!!! but u really should learn when to shut the hell up…

  80. I agree she is uneducated and basically there is a lot of ignorance there, and I hope she is becoming more educated now. With her disadvantaged upbringing she had a lot of strikes against her, but she found a way to overcome them and succeed. I wasn’t crazy about the ditzy act, but I saw beyond it to the person who was hiding there. I cringed on that 5th grader show, at her ignorance, but again, whose fault is it that she wasn’t educated as a child? She made the most of what she had, and I think she’s growing up more now, with Taylor Swift and Taylor’s mother being a big influence on her. She was always reasonably intelligent, and pretty smart to get where she has gotten. Crazy like a fox, I guess. lol. You know, we don’t like to see women play up their ignorance, it’s not becoming, so I hope she’s moving past that. I notice when she’s on Ellen now she talks in a more intelligent way. I think she’s growing a lot.

    I like Kellie, and I definitely hope that this is true. She’s clearly anything but dumb, so she should figure this stuff out. But I especially worry when somebody, and a woman, especially, is kind of *rewarded* for not knowing things! Seems that, when that happens, you may be a little late in getting the message! Hope not, because I think Kellie’s a good performer and she seems like a good kid, too.

    (There’s a funny sort of contrast here with Fantasia, who has similar issues, but who seems to have taken pains to make it clear that education and literacy are really important. But of course she wasn’t being called upon to play the “ditzy blonde” card.)

    Similarly, I hope that Gokey doesn’t get the message that you can do just fine not knowing things. If he’s getting a contract soon, then he, too, is being rewarded for a kind of clueless approach to things, compared to most of the other Idols. And I hope that he doesn’t get the idea that that’s okay but starts out seriously educating himself from here on in. If he doesn’t, I don’t think it would bode well for him.

  81. lucy
    Aug 20th, 2009 at 8:27 am
    Danny reminds me of Pickler

    Yep. Because they both sincerely believe that ignorance is a wonderful thing.

    KP has made that work for her. But I wonder whether a guy can pull it off as well as a woman who can put herself in the ‘ditzy blonde’  niche.

    Kellie sales kellie its that simple.She is 1 person i never miss on a talk show.Talk show host love her.She tweets a lot and they are funny(tweet pics funny to)She may play that ditzy blonde but she is smart.Danny may make it time will tell but he will never come off on talk shows like kellie.

    There is a misconception that ‘old people’  all like the same kind of music. That might have been true for previous generations, when there was less variety of music available in their youth, but for my generation of ‘old people’  we grew up on hard and soft rock, pop, motown and soul, psychedelic, not to mention the other genres like country, classical, and jazz.

    I agree,even my mom who hated rock music i played when i was younger likes some of it now.The only music i really can’t stand is gangster rap and auto tunes.

  82. One of Danny’s problems is that he doesn’t listen to what people tell him, e.g., his ignoring the advice of various mentors throughout the contest. He also is looking for the money, rather than an opportunity to express his love for music. He also seems lazy about it, too. He mentioned being “bored” during the season. He could have spent some of that bored time getting more familiar with the kind of music genre he would best fit, let alone how to cope with the weekly genres. He’d rather we believe that, poor Danny, he had to work SO hard every week because he wasn’t familiar with current music. How much “current music” is available to the contestants? I don’t not wish him success, but simply do not see it happening.

  83. Oceana, as one of your fellow boomer women, let me just say, “Right on!”

  84. I will be so amused if after all of this talk, Danny goes on to be a star and Adam flops.

    Of course afterwards I’ll have to go cry in a corner.

  85. I will be so amused if after all of this talk, Danny goes on to be a star and Adam flops.

    That is so harsh. And I’m not even that crazy over Adam!

  86. I didn’t take Sherena’s statement as harsh, I think I know what she means. Adam is getting a huge amount of buzz now, but we don’t know how this will all play out in the marketplace. I think that both Adam and Danny have tremendous assets, I love them both and hope to see them both become big stars. But time will tell.

    A couple of other things came up on the thread that I wanted to put my two cents on. First, the thing about not wanting to support Danny because he supposedly has a bad attitude about gay people. Second, that only conservative and old people will support Danny. I am a fan of both Adam and Danny, and I am politically very liberal and nonreligious and I have never thought that Danny is any kind of a homophobe. Even if I had doubts (which I didn’t), Leila Lambert’s interview where she said that the supposed rift was a myth and that Danny and Adam were good friends would have jettisoned that. If that wasn’t enough, then Adam sending a tweet saying that there was not and never had been any drama with Danny, and appearing in a bubble tweet with his arm draped over Danny would have done it. Adam has shown that he is not the type to go sulk in a corner if he feels dissed, he fights back. Now, I could believe that if he had a problem with Danny that he wouldn’t open fire on him during the tour out of respect to the others who would not want to be caught up in a feud. But I do not believe that Adam or his mother would publicly defend Danny if they felt that he did not accept and respect Adam. Why would Adam and his mom try to trick us? I don’t believe they would.

    About the age thing, I’m not old, just middle-aged, although I hope to be old one day. But what does it matter? As long as people have a credit card and one working hand to click on “Buy Now”, I don’t see what difference age makes. Being old is not contemptible, not in my book. And I agree with an earlier poster who said that older people cannot be categorized as “stuffy” in their music tastes. I suggest that anyone who doesn’t understand this go back and review some music history from the 60’s. The people who were young adults then would be entering their retirement years now. But when you look at the revolutionary changes in music then and how it was embraced by these people, well, I will just say that a point of view that suggests that these people aren’t capable of deciding what they like on the merits/quality of it is simply not credible.

  87. Thank you iluvai! I love thinking about and writing about these things. Danny and Adam are both so interesting to me. Vastly different, but both so amazingly talented and lovable (to me).

  88. Really enjoy Danny’s voice, and find him a very interesting person with unique outlook to be entering the music business. He’s been talking about “modern soul country” as a possible path for several months, if that proves to be his direction think he could do verry well with it, esp if working with the producer he’s mentioned.
    Would be extremely disappointed though if he ever went silent about his personal story or religious faith, no less than I would be if Adam were to disclaim his story or point of view on things that might influence his career and music. Go Danny!

  89. But when you look at the revolutionary changes in music then and how it was embraced by these people, well, I will just say that a point of view that suggests that these people aren’t capable of deciding what they like on the merits/quality of it is simply not credible.

    JosieX You are spot on – cuz I’m there exactly how you said it. Thank you!

    :clap_tb:

  90. About the age thing, I’m not old, just middle-aged, although I hope to be old one day. But what does it matter? As long as people have a credit card and one working hand to click on ‘Buy Now’ , I don’t see what difference age makes.

    Well, I think it’s the music industry to whom being “old” makes a difference.

    Despite the usually larger disposable incomes of middle-aged and older people, there’s apparently totally solid evidence that the vast majority of music buying — particularly of music from anybody at all who’s new on the scene — is done by younger people.

    So the music industry cares a lot if your fans skew “old” because they are sure — and apparently have the data to back it up — that middle-aged and older folks buy relatively little music from any new artists, no matter how friendly to their preferences those new artists may be.

    That’s why they spend so much time marketing to the young. Because apparently sales data tell them that if you’re hooked on a musician young you may continue buying that person’s music forever, but that after a certain age the large majority of people stop ever buying stuff from somebody they don’t know already, and also buy just less music altogether.

    That issue’s been debated here for years, with lots of people arguing that, since a lot of non-youthful MJ participants do buy concert tickets and music and middle-aged and older people have more money, it simply can’t be true that the young are the big spenders for the music industry. But the data seem to say otherwise. One explanation that occurs to me is that, while a certain relatively small percentage of people buy a lot of music pretty much throughout life, or at least through middle age (and are probably heavily represented here), among the young almost everybody buys and attends, so that adds up to a bigger chunk in the end.

  91. “Country music kind of houses the message that I like, and I can still talk about the things in my music that still goes on in that genre’ ¦I never thought about it before, but I could see myself doing it, if we could just get the twang right.’ 

    Now he’s grabbing on to country music when he admittedly isn’t a country music singer? Here he goes again. First he goes on a reality show about pop music and being a pop star, when he knows nothing about pop music. And now he is entertaining the country music genre, when he is admittedly not a country singer. …but if I can get the twang right, I just might be able to pull it off….

    Danny is trying so desperately to be a star. Or desperately trying to “get his message out”. Or just wanting to make a lot of money? I can’t tell. But it’s all very off-putting to me, the lack of authenticity.

  92. Danny is not going to be a big music star. He needs to see if his trucking job is still available. He does not have a drop of charisma and try to listen to him talking for more than fifteen seconds and you get a headache. He should have asked Allison, Kris and Adam for some advice on how to look a little more exciting. Copying Adam’s chain on his pants was not enough. Saw him live and everyone around me was just waiting for Adam to appear. I doubt country fans are going to embrace him.

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