Danny Gokey – ‘My Best Days’ Music Video – Now Available on iTunes

Danny Gokey brings together singing, self help and stickies to make the point that we can all rise above adversity in his brand-new music video for the single,   “My Best Days are Ahead of Me.”  Preach on, Danny.

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Danny’s debut album, My Best Days, comes out on RCA Nashville March 2.

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26 Comments

  1. Danny, if that’s you preaching you can preach any day of the week you want to me, lol! This is a good new country song.

    I love the video; the cinematography and style of it saves it from being too sentimental.

    Interesting subtext too, of starting in a lonely, desolate room, walking on a journey and then standing on a hill looking at your future. It works for me.

    He looks pretty hot in this mv, IMO.

  2. Lazy.
    Danny singing and inspirational stickies.
    Rundown warehouses with hanging drapes and the city.
    Is there a person getting paid to come up with this?
    Don’t get me wrong, the song is aight for me (for you). The video is just meh.

  3. I was going to buy it when it came on Itunes, to support him, UNTIL he insisted it would be my most lucrative purchase in my lifetime!

  4. I frequently prefer a simpler video.

    Adam’s second video was even simpler; singing in a house. Yet I much prefer it to the FYE video.

    To each his own, I guess. I like Danny’s video; I think it is very well done.

  5. I was going to buy it when it came on Itunes, to support him, UNTIL he insisted it would be my most lucrative purchase in my lifetime!

    LOL! I think Danny was joking around, in his usual self-deprecating manner.

  6. Yeah, I kind of figured he was joking:) I don’t really care for his music, but I supported all the others I guess I would feel guilty if I didn’t buy his!

  7. LOL! I think Danny was joking around, in his usual self-deprecating manner.

    I think that he was joking as well.

    Also I had saw his video for the first time on GAC last night. It has been played up there other times earlier this week. It also came on GAC at least once today and I think maybe CMT as well.

    I am glad to see his video getting airplay on these channels. I think that he might possibly end up getting airplay on CMT’s “Pure Country” channel as well.

  8. Yeah, I kind of figured he was joking:) I don’t really care for his music, but I supported all the others I guess I would feel guilty if I didn’t buy his!

    I supported the others because I like their music. But think I’ll pass on this one.

  9. Also I had saw his video for the first time on GAC last night. It has been played up there other times earlier this week. It also came on GAC at least once today and I think maybe CMT as well.

    I am glad to see his video getting airplay on these channels. I think that he might possibly end up getting airplay on CMT’s “Pure Country” channel as well.

    I’ve seen it twice now on GAC. They seem to be playing it fairly often, and I’ve also heard it may be running on one or more of the CMT channels.

    Holds up well to repeated watching, with the change of images/messages and of course lots of Danny screen time. :)

    Danny was back on his radio tour today, a young male intern with one of the station’s tweeted a pic with this comment:

    @dannygokey singing from the seat next to me at Clear Channel. This guy is incredible live.

    http://twitpic.com/111z5d

    looks like he had a nice time with Danny

    http://twitpic.com/111zbz

  10. The song: B+ Very catchy; nice message.

    The video: C+ It’s adequate; looks kind of low budget, but not in a hip, edgy way.

    As an expression of who Danny is: B+ It’s Danny through and through, from the inner city location to the cheesy positive slogans. Either you’re buying what he’s selling – or not.

    As a Country Music video – D Uh, Nashville is about 500 miles south of this video. No pick-up trucks, no bars, no good ol’ boys, no farmhouse interiors. Danny’s people aren’t lifting a finger to place him in the country universe.

  11. As a Country Music video – D Uh, Nashville is about 500 miles south of this video. No pick-up trucks, no bars, no good ol’ boys, no farmhouse interiors. Danny’s people aren’t lifting a finger to place him in the country universe.

    That’s one type of country, but it’s certainly not the only kind. I’ve seen current videos from Lady A, Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker and probably any video from Rascal Flatts over the past 10 years–don’t remember the artists hanging out with livestock inside a barn in any of them… :) Even more traditional country artists aren’t necessarily doing their videos with cows and pitchforks these days. (I will allow, there is still plenty of beer to be seen in many of them though. Also plenty of church/message references, which would be a closer fit for who Danny is.)

    I think Danny’s team is doing exactly the right thing by presenting an image that suits who he is, which is a young guy who grew up just outside Milwaukee. He’s never been a farm boy, doesn’t want to be one, and would not have any authenticity as an artist if he tried to make-believe.

    And by the way, that video was filmed not just within “500 miles” of Nashville. It was filmed in Nashville — zero miles away :)

  12. Danny, if that’s you preaching you can preach any day of the week you want to me, lol! This is a good new country song.

    I love the video; the cinematography and style of it saves it from being too sentimental.

    Interesting subtext too, of starting in a lonely, desolate room, walking on a journey and then standing on a hill looking at your future. It works for me.

    He looks pretty hot in this mv, IMO.

    ITA with all you said. Go Danny and preach on, indeed!:-D. I’d take you any day over lyrics that have to be bleeped on live TV.

    As a Country Music video – D Uh, Nashville is about 500 miles south of this video. No pick-up trucks, no bars, no good ol’ boys, no farmhouse interiors. Danny’s people aren’t lifting a finger to place him in the country universe.

    As far as I can tell, country is not only about all of that, at least not a lot of the modern country. And I’m pretty sure Mark Bright is happy.

  13. I love Danny’s debut video for his single, My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me. It really represents who Danny is as a performer. My favorite message is Be Yourself. Everyone Else is Taken. Great concept, great cinematography, great video. If the songs that Danny has previewed on his radio tours are an indication, his album should be really hot.

  14. Danny looks really good in his video. I love the symbolism of Danny facing the Nashville skyline – and looking ahead to his future. My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me would make a great cut on a movie soundtrack. Great debut.

  15. Fan group for Jake Owen is putting out the word about one of the dates where it looks like Danny is on tour with Sugarland.

    Today, February 02, 2010, 6 minutes ago |
    JakeOwenFans (Jake Owen Fans)
    New show! Sugarland, Jake Owen and Danny Gokey, May 15 at Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ. Info at http://www.megaticket.com

    There’s also a date in Hartford CT a week later.

  16. I agree with Steph that it’s important for Danny to present himself as who he is, and not try to pretend that he is something that he’s not. People will either like it or they won’t, but Danny has definately stayed true to who he is.

    As for the video, I really like it, and I like the messages that are in it. Am I correct in saying that the director of this video has a pretty impressive resume?

    Danny is sitting just outside the top 40 on the country charts at 41 or 42. I think and hope that this video will help push him into the Top 40. Go Danny! :)

  17. As a Country Music video – D Uh, Nashville is about 500 miles south of this video. No pick-up trucks, no bars, no good ol’ boys, no farmhouse interiors. Danny’s people aren’t lifting a finger to place him in the country universe.

    I can certainly see how some people might think this is not a country music location because of the urban edgy feel of the video, but it is symbolic of Danny looking out over Nashville (his future) and actually is Nashville-it was filmed right there in Music City. It was filmed by Wes Edwards, a renown Nashville cinematographer.

    If you watch country music videos you will see that there is a big variety in types of videos, just as there is in Rock/pop. Many country music artists (and country music lovers) live in the city.

    Danny is sitting just outside the top 40 on the country charts at 41 or 42. I think and hope that this video will help push him into the Top 40. Go Danny! :)

    Country charts move at a snails pace compared to pop; but it would be really great if Danny could get a top 40 hit before his album even goes up for sale.

  18. Danny has definately stayed true to who he is.

    That’s one of the things that I really like about him, and I have been so happy with how the record label has treated him. It shows respect for what he has to offer. I have a lot of respect for that too. I have really grown to admire him and it’s great to see him doing well. As busy as he has been, it looks like it’s really kicking up a notch.

    About the video specifically, I like watching it, I think it’s engaging. Sometimes I buy this kind of thing in a flurry of enthusiasm and it just sits there, but I have watched this one quite a few times since it previewed and am happy to have it on my iTunes now.

  19. That’s why I especially liked about the video – it’s Danny staying true to who he is. This is the kind of music he said he always wanted to do.

    BTW, 19E and RCA Nashville must be very pleased with the results they are seeing from Danny. It’s a huge compliment for them to fly Danny and his band around in a private jet to do promotions. And it’s even a bigger compliment to have Danny go out on tour. He is still a new artist.

    Charting at #41 on the Country charts is very respectable, considering that they have not started the national promotions, the video was just released last week and the album is not out yet. This is Danny’s first time out and he is holding his own, gaining spins. I am looking forward to Danny’s comeback to AI Season 9 to perform.

  20. I like how Danny’s career is evolving. He’s not depending on flash or gimmick so to me, his career will have longevity as it is based on his singing talent plus Danny’s own personality.

    I thought this was a good video for Danny. It has a personal message but I wonder why someone would find it preachy? Seems pretty low-key to me. Love this message – Be yourself, everyone else is taken.

  21. When I say I am totally turned off by Danny’s preaching I am in no way trying to say he should not be himself. I have a hard time being told how to *live my life*….let the song speak for itself and let me draw my own conclusions. There have been very few performances from Danny where I haven’t heard him preference a song before he sings or tell you afterward what the message of the song is…..a big turn off for me.The video, IMO, was terrible because of all the signs….AGAIN…..very distracting. I like his voice and I think he could be very successful with time and seasoning.

    I think what makes us all different….someone’s treasure may be someone else s junk. I think Danny for me is very polarizing .
    BTW….I always feels as though I have to say this when commenting on Danny that I wish him much success….and I do like his voice…..

  22. Just saw a guy who says he is a new member of Danny’s band say that they will be on AI9 March 4th. Probably would play drums from what I can tell.

    New gig! I’m playing with Danny Gokey now. We’ll be playing American Idol on March 4. I’m tellin’ ya, this boy can SING! Be Blessed today.

  23. I don’t characterize what Danny does as “preaching”. He talks about his own experience and encourages other people to reach for a happier future too. To me, the concept of this video represents his own journey. I think I said this last time, but I suppose it is not unprecedented for me to repeat myself. ;) To me, the video represents him remembering how he was once in a lonely and desolate place but he found the hope and inspiration to escape that place and now faces a bright future. The tangible representations of these concepts in the video are the warehouse, the signs/messages, and the walk toward the skyline of Nashville.

    If you know his story, you know that they way he found hope and inspiration was by following through with a goal that he and his wife had set together for him to go on AI and try to establish a singing career, and that he found meaning in his life by finding a way to help others and keep the memory of his wife alive through SHF.

    I really admire Danny. He launched a music career and a non-profit organization in the year after his wife’s passing. I know how I felt in the year after the passing of each of my parents, and I can only imagine the effect of a loss of a young spouse. Add on top of that the shock of realizing how he was going to be treated in the cynical world of AI coverage. I don’t know how he got through it, but he managed to keep his eye on the ball. He’s pretty intense about it, I think he has had to be, he would not have made it otherwise. Maybe that makes some people uncomfortable but it has made me a huge fan of the guy, even if I didn’t already love his singing.

  24. I think most songs have a “message” (unless they are simply telling a story or are pure dance and even then, often there is a message) , but I guess I don’t consider a positive, encouraging message preaching. Preaching denotes religion to me, and I don’t sense religion anywhere in this video.

    I do love simply fun/sexy Danny, and I hope that the remaining songs on the album are along those lines. So far, 4 out of the 6 songs we’ve heard are positive message songs (although 3 of those are upbeat and fun also), 2 are emotional, so I am looking forward to some fun songs.

    Josie, Danny must be an extremely strong person to make it through what he has the past 11/2 years, both personally and on AI. I’m sure grief and the internet treatment affected his performances during AI; I am predicting he will keep getting better, just like “My Best Days” lyrics indicate.

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