Danny Gokey: ‘My Best Days’ Debut Album Track List

RCA Nashville has released the track list for Danny Gokey’s debut album, My Best Days, set to be released on March 2.

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Check out the track list after the jump…

1. My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me
2. Like That’s A Bad Thing
3. I Still Believe
4. Tiny Life
5. Get Away
6. It’s Only
7. Life On Ya
8. Crazy Not To
9. Be Somebody
10. I Will Not Say Goodbye

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14 Comments

  1. Excited to see this. The time is getting closer for Danny’s full album to be available. I’ve heard six of these songs that Danny has performed on his radio tour, a couple of times in person at country music venues. Really liking them, and they suit Danny very well. Will be very interested to hear the remaining four, and find out who the songwriters are.

    Danny was touring through the midwest this week, and will be at a charity event in Memphis this weekend supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as part of the Country Cares community. Heard in a radio interview today, he visited another of the St. Jude’s locations around the time the AI tour ended. Wasn’t clear if that was on his own, or as part of an AI group with some of the other finalists; either way, good for Danny.

  2. I’m looking forward to this.

    I’m a midwestern girl, through and through, currently residing in NJ.

    I already pre-ordered Danny’s cd. :)

  3. So far I have really liked all of the songs on Danny’s album! He’s spoiled me now, so I’m expecting those that I haven’t heard yet to be just as great! I really can’t wait to get this album!

    Also will be glad when Danny’s video comes out, and they start having some national promotion for the album. The radio interviews have been fun, though. Danny seems to naturally have a good rapport with the djs and I know on the show I listened to today, the djs seemed to be majorly impressed with his vocals.

    So far, so good for Danny! :)

  4. Well cool for his fans to have this released. A few months before the album is released, but cool to have this track info now.

  5. I have really liked every song heard so far too; although only two studio versions have been heard; the rest are all acoustic versions from the radio tour. They will certainly sound different with full band.

    It is typical in country to hear all the songs leading up to the album. But I usually like being surprised with some of them; I will have to restrain myself from utube, lol.

    Hope Danny’s album has some decent sales; he’s worked really hard and seems like a quality album so far.

  6. New videos of most of these songs up at an Indianapolis radio station site http://www.971hankfm.com/video/movies_artists.aspx (click on “shows” at the top right of the video window to see the full list).

    There are five videos, with Tiny Life included on the same video as MBD, after a weird blackout pause. Not sure what was up with the blackout part, but Tiny Life sounds really good in this one.

    I like all of these also. Be Somebody probably is my least favorite, but Danny sounds great with it and it is very fun for him to do in concert. Kara’s song I Still Believe has really been growing on me, and I still love the first three we heard — Tiny Life, MBD, and It’s Only. Look forward to hearing a studio version of all of them.

  7. It’s funny Steph, because, while Be Sombody is not my absolute favorite, I was listening to it in this video last night, and I just really, really like this song. He sounds sooooooooooooo good! Perfection!

    It really is one of my favorites! :)

    Tiny Life is still probably my favorite, though.

  8. From the songs I have heard so far, I love “Tiny Life”, and I enjoy “My Best Days” and “It’s Only”. I don’t really care for “Be Somebody” and “I still Believe”, but I think that Danny will end up having a solid album and I am looking forward to hearing some of the new songs we haven’t heard yet. I am definitely looking forward to having Danny’s album.

  9. I think everyone loves Tiny Life.

    I like them all, with Be Somebody probably my last choice so far. I have heard people (even country people) say that is their favorite, though! Definitely the most R&B sounding, with lots of Gokey Growl. It certainly is the type of song that will sound better with a full band- not really an acoustic type of song, IMO.
    I didn’t like I Still Believe by Kara at first, but it is really growing on me. Its a difficult song to sing and he does a great job.

    Thanks for the video links Steph6449; those are very high quality vids. I like to put them on full screen =) Danny has such a pretty face in extreme closeup.

  10. I like all the songs so far. I thought that the acoustic “Be Somebody” that he did at WCOL in Columbus was good enough to be an album cut all by itself, I’ll have to see if I like the studio version as well. “I Still Believe” is still probably my least favorite, but I could of course change my mind once I’ve heard the studio version.

  11. If the songs that Danny has previewed during his radio tour are any indication, I think he will have a great album. Looks like Mark Bright is working his magic again. The one song that has not been previewed – and that I am personally looking forward too is Crazy Not To. Brian Mansfield plugged this when Danny was wrapping up recording of his album.

  12. I like them all, with Be Somebody probably my last choice so far. I have heard people (even country people) say that is their favorite, though! Definitely the most R&B sounding, with lots of Gokey Growl. It certainly is the type of song that will sound better with a full band- not really an acoustic type of song, IMO.

    That’s true. I’ve seen at least two writers in the country world picking out Be Somebody for particular praise, which I did find interesting as for me, as a country listener, it’s the least country-sounding of the group. I do like it, just not as much as the others that I really really like ;)

  13. That’s true. I’ve seen at least two writers in the country world picking out Be Somebody for particular praise, which I did find interesting as for me, as a country listener, it’s the least country-sounding of the group.

    Well the praise wasn’t because they thought it was country. In at least 1 case, the writer singling it out for praise was pointing out how Danny’s best performance was on a song that isn’t country at all. It was his gentle way of raising the question of how soul pop a person can be and still have country fans accept him.

    http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2009/12/15/danny-gokey-gives-country-a-go/

    What’s not clear is how many artists in a soul-pop vein country fans will accept or how far they can stretch the genre’s boundaries before they’re literally out of bounds. Danny’s best performance Monday was his finale, “Everybody Wants To Be Somebody,” a churning, upbeat title infused with an electric-organ texture. It goes so far on the blue-eyed soul branch that it sounds much like a Steve Winwood song.

  14. That was one of the writers I meant, overall the writer at GAC was not unsupportive of Danny. That writer also wrote the following (had to laugh at the hair comment):

    Every artist is an investment risk for record companies, but a few years ago, Danny would have been an even bigger risk. Blue-eyed soul has not traditionally been a major attraction in country. But there’s plenty of evidence that it works in 2009. Besides Mr. LeVox, James Otto and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley have a hint of R&B influence in their deliveries. And Jimmy Wayne’s current remake of “Sara Smile” — backed by the kings of rock and soul, Hall & Oates — makes it clear that it’s OK to lean in that direction.

    He performed Monday at the Sony BMG offices in Nashville for Music Row executives and media, and he showed himself to be an adept vocalist who mirrors some of the best aspects of Rascal Flatts vocalist Gary LeVox. He’s a blue-eyed soul singer with a soaring upper register and from-the-gut power. Add in the stand-on-end hair style, his predilection for songs with a gospel/feel-good message and the fact that he covered “What Hurts The Most” during his “Idol” run, and it’s easy to see that country has indeed embraced a guy like Danny before.

    I saw another writer who also at one point compared Danny’s vocal tone to Steve Winwood. Winwood was highly successful and a critical darling during his best days (no pun from Danny’s song title intended). Don’t see either that comparison, or the more common comparison above to Gary L. of Rascal Flatts, doing any harm to Danny–compliments both.

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