Danny Gokey “My Best Days” Music Video Sneak Peek

Danny Gokey spent Thursday and Friday (Dec. 17 and 18) shooting his music video for his debut single “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me”.

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Fox 17 was there and caught some behind-the-scenes action on tape.

  • See Danny on the set of his video HERE

Danny says the video is full of “little signs…signs that make you think…that challenge you.”

Preaching via song isn’t enough–Danny’s got to spell it out for us…on signs.

We get it Danny! Seriously. We do. Heh.

“My Best Days” will be available for digital download, Monday December 21.

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154 Comments

  1. Uggh…cannot stand this guy. How the hell did he finish 3rd on Idol?

  2. This video looks like it will be a good one, I think that it will turn out well.

  3. Danny is getting great promo, lots of adds on radio stations, concerts and now his video. Looks like his first will be very good.

  4. Danny has such an exuberant personality – he makes me smile.

    The video looks like it’s going to be a good one-he looks really comfortable and in his element.

  5. The video looks like it’s going to be a good one-he looks really comfortable and in his element.

    He had said that it would be a concept video, so I am definitely interested in seeing how everything is incorporated into the video. I think that the finish product of the video will turn out good.

    I think that the video will probably premiere in either late December/Early January. He should get a good amount of airplay on GAC, they play music most of the time on their channel.

    And they play new releases a lot and put a blue and white “New release” sign on the new videos that are on their channel. I think that he will get airplay on CMT as well. And I could see him getting voted onto both of those channels Top 20 Countdowns.

  6. While I admit his singing voice is kinda alright, his speaking voice grinds my nerves! And the way he tries to explain everything so deeply. It’s not that deep, Danny!

  7. Danny looks really good in the video teaser. Very natural. I liked how he talked about moving on to the next chapter in his life. It makes me even more curious to see how they will incorporate the final product. I’ve always said this about My Best Days – I can easily see this song being part of movie sound track.

  8. I can’t wait to see Danny’s video since it’s unlikely I’ll ever see him perform live unless he tours in Canada.

    I think he’s doing a great job on his promotional tour – seems like he’s not taking anything for granted and working hard.

  9. Good for Danny…he was not my favorite on the show, but I am always happy to see these young talented people get a chance to live there dreams!

  10. I wish him well, I just hope someone will rein in his excessive talking. Just answer the question, don’t give people a life lesson in every answer.

  11. it looks cheap but he may do well with it. I kinda like the song, he sounds great but I wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from anything else on country radio.
    I really like Danny’s voice its really easy listening IMO but I could never stand the attitude. I think he may have a Kanya west thing going for him. douchey attitude but great talent

  12. I can’t wait to see Danny’s video since it’s unlikely I’ll ever see him perform live unless he tours in Canada.

    I wonder if Canadians be able to buy his song off of Amazon? I looked at Amazon’s Canada website and didn’t see his song up there. But it’s listed on the Amazon UK site. Maybe his song will be listed on the Itunes Canada site. I know that he has some Canadian fans that want to purchase his music. So I was wondering how they would be able to do that.

    Also, I agree about him working hard. He’s definitely been working hard and it’s start to pay off for him. And I am glad to see that. I think that he will end up doing well.

  13. Aww MJ I’m disappointed.. Not everyone wants to sing about getting tied down and hurt so bad.

    Positive music in depressing times ..what a concept , how dare he. :0

  14. The concept we’re hearing for Danny’s video and that open loft / warehouse environment reminds me of the approach on one of Rascal Flatts’ videos, although that was a less upbeat song.

    Feels like Today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VzUETZBvsw

    That was very successful for RF. Look forward to seeing Danny’s video debut on GAC and CMT. He looks really good to me in that Fox 17 preview clip.

  15. Danny is a polarizing guy, no doubt. I can see where he can really annoy people. I was doubtful he could make it in country but early signs look positive for him. The single My Best Days is getting a very good response from country radio.

    The message songs aren’t my thing but I do appreciate the sincerity and emotion Danny puts in his music. If he become the most successful Idol of S8 I will laugh my ass off. Go Gokey. ;)

  16. I could never stand the attitude. I think he may have a Kanya west thing going for him. douchey attitude but great talent

    I guess attitude is in the eye of the beholder. From what I’ve seen, Danny has shown a great rapport with country radio peeps on his promo/radio tour, and the audience totally loved him when I saw him live last week at a country western club.

    Just thinking of appearances Danny has made since the AI tour ended, he’s also been actively supporting any number of charitable causes not even including his own non-profit foundation, which has raised funds for programs for the homeless, Thanksgiving meals for those in need, music and arts programs for disadvantaged youth, backpacks for kids, scholarships, and various other purposes to help people in Milwaukee, LA, and Nashville.

    – Arkansas medical charity with Mercy health foundation
    – Detroit non-profit supporting their annual community parade
    – Christmas Wish charity with Raleigh NC radio station
    – Christmas 4 Kids program last week in Knoxville TN
    – fundraiser last week for United Way
    – fundraiser coming up in January for St Judes hospital in LA
    – appearance tomorrow at the LA Sports Arena for a pre-Christmas event with giveaways of bikes and other items to kids and families through the Dream Center non-profit foundation that serves the disadvantaged LA community
    – Sound and Speed fan festival in Nashville next month, for which proceeds support a children’s charity and the Country Music Hall of Fame

    and probably more I’m forgetting. I wish more people would have a “douchey attitude” like Danny Gokey does.

    Can’t say I see much comparison to Kanye West, although Danny did do a funny impression of Kanye in one of his last interviews from the AI Tour, after the incident with Kanye and Taylor Swift.

  17. Little snarky intro but happy to see the news clip of Danny’s music video. Actually Danny is one of the sweetest most likeable guys according to everyone who meets him including country radio and media types. I am very excited for the video and expect it to do well on GAC. Country songs still get plenty of play on TV unlike Pop songs because GAC plays nonstop music videos and MTC and VH1 don’t anymore. So far Danny’s single is getting a good reception. The song had the 2d most adds last week and is on the spincrease and take off charts.

  18. If he become the most successful Idol of S8 I will laugh my ass off. Go Gokey.

    And you’ll have a chorus joining you!

  19. The concept we’re hearing for Danny’s video and that open loft / warehouse environment reminds me of the approach on one of Rascal Flatts’ videos, although that was a less upbeat song.

    Feels like Today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VzUETZBvsw

    That was very successful for RF. Look forward to seeing Danny’s video debut on GAC and CMT. He looks really good to me in that Fox 17 preview clip.

    The concept in the “Feels Like Today” video by Rascal Flatts is interesting. Maybe Danny video will be similar to that in some ways.

    Also when I heard about him using signs/images in the video, I thought it might turn out like something like this music video from Phil Vassar:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibnz0doAKEc

    But I now think that it might end up resembling the Rascal Flatts video more than the Phil Vassar one.

  20. Danny remains too preachy for my taste, but I wish him luck. There are good signs for his first single which is already #55 on the country charts, so maybe he will end up having a smooth transition into this format.

  21. Actually Danny is one of the sweetest most likeable guys according to everyone who meets him including country radio and media types. I am very excited for the video and expect it to do well on GAC. Country songs still get plenty of play on TV unlike Pop songs because GAC plays nonstop music videos and MTC and VH1 don’t anymore

    It’s true that people that meet Danny including people from Country radio, and the media. I think that he is very sweet, affable, and is just seems like a really nice regular guy, that people get along well with. I think that him having these personality traits has benefited him and will continue to benefit him in his music career. Plus he’s great with fans, so that will help him out as well.

    Also, I think that he will definitely get a good amount of radio airplay. GAC plays music almost non stop, and will play music videos including, new releases mulitiples times a day. I think that Danny will definitely get good video airplay on that channel and that he will receive airplay on CMT as well.

  22. Sarah Palin draws people even though all she has going for herself is that she believes the bible literally (e.g., the Earth is 6,000 years old). She is not even a government official anymore.
    Danny is not nearly as crazy, so I would not be surprised if he develops a strong following in the country/christian music business.

    ETA: And, don’t be surprised if this song is the Idol exit song.

  23. To Danny’s credit, My Best Days debuted #55 on Billboard’s Country Chart. And it only started adds last week. And that is without any big national promotion. And that is also without a video or album available at this point. And the song won’t even be available for sales until Mon Dec 21. That is a very respectable showing considering Danny is a new artist – and this is his first time in a recording studio performing new material.

  24. It’s true that people that meet Danny including people from Country radio, and the media. I think that he is very sweet, affable, and is just seems like a really nice regular guy, that people get along well with.

    Just as one example, my local DJ Michael J from country station WMZQ did a three-part interview with Danny that he put on youtube under the title “Welcome to the Future!” (This was on his own page / youtube channel, in addition to what the station posted for its listener event with Danny.)

    He kept tweeting and posting online for at least two days after about his impressions of Danny. One of his comments was this:

    I am really impressedï »’ by Danny. Seems in the first chance I have had to spend time with him that he’s a nice ‘down to earth’ kinda guy.

    He also said this about Danny’s new song Tiny Life, which he persuaded Danny to perform on-air as an unscheduled addition to his interview.

    So Jeffrey Steele wrote it.Just Like, What Hurts the Most….Home Run…multi week number one potential in my opinion….Songs likeï »’ that remind me why Country music is my life…mj

  25. Just as one example, my local DJ Michael J from country station WMZQ did a three-part interview with Danny that he put on youtube under the title ‘Welcome to the Future!’  (This was on his own page / youtube channel, in addition to what the station posted for its listener event with Danny.)

    He kept tweeting and posting online for at least two days after about his impressions of Danny. One of his comments was this:

    I have noticed that when Country DJ’s, people in the media meet Danny, they are always saying really nice things about him. Saying he’s really nice and sweet and things like that about him. I think that he is just a really nice regular person, that a lot of people who meet him like and feel comfortable around. He seems like he’s really approachable and easy going.

  26. Sarah Palin draws people even though all she has going for herself is that she believes the bible literally (e.g., the Earth is 6,000 years old). She is not even a government official anymore.
    Danny is not nearly as crazy, so I would not be surprised if he develops a strong following in the country/christian music business.

    Sarah Palin seems more than a little off topic to me, much less dissection of her or anyone else’s religious views. But if one has to compare the two of them — one thing they share is that millions of people voted for them liking what they do.

    ETA: And, don’t be surprised if this song is the Idol exit song.

    I’ve heard quite a few people suggesting My Best Days or another of Danny’s inspirational-leaning songs could wind up as the AI exit song for AI9. If Kris has a suitable song though, seems to me as the winner he really should get first consideration for that exposure — even if I’m not as big a fan of his as Danny.

  27. I had the opportunity to meet the guy and he really is an incrediblly nice guy. Sat through a sound check and he is a professional and knows what works for him, but also very concerned that the audience willenjoy the performance. He is very serious about his music and what he delivers to the audience. Really good performer and knows how to work the crowd. He looks like he is having a blast on stage. I know I have a blast whenever I see him perform.

  28. Danny says the video is full of ‘little signs…”

    Little signs? Could it be….heart hands?

    I shall be sad if Danny’s first video doesn’t have some heart hand or Sophia’s Heart reference. Danny’s not Danny if he’s not clubbing you over the head with his message.

  29. Little signs? Could it be’ ¦.heart hands?

    I shall be sad if Danny’s first video doesn’t have some heart hand or Sophia’s Heart reference. Danny’s not Danny if he’s not clubbing you over the head with his message.

    Lol. Well, I saw him live last week, and not a “heart hand” to be seen during his performance. Did see a fan pic though with one, probably at the fan’s request. A lot of people find his message appealing, even supportive.

    I don’t know how many peeps I’ve seen on twitter going through a rough time, and saying Danny DMed them with some encouragement. He does seem like a sweet guy, whether that’s to everyone’s taste or not.

  30. Maybe so but in the video I watched of AL’s SYCD performance low and behold if there wasn’t someone doing the heart hands.

    In relation to the message, that is the first thing you are taught in promotion as a rule no matter what stick with it. It is what identifies you to the public so they know where you are coming from and what to expect. That is the thing Danny has always had in his favor and it’s that he has always been who he is and for those who accept that they know there is never going to be any bait and switch.

    Regardless of how inspirational /cheesy you might feel he is there are alot of people out there that love that and are more than willing to support it.

  31. in the video I watch of AL’s SYCD performance low and behold if there wasn’t someone doing the heart hands.

    Hadn’t seen that. Lol!

  32. I could never stand the attitude. I think he may have a Kanya west thing going for him. douchey attitude but great talent

    say what? I find Danny fuck all annoying and wish he’d just stop speaking. But I don’t think he has a bad attitude like Kanye. I think Danny’s biggest problem is that he’s not very bright and thinks his thoughts are deep because it takes him so long develop them. Meanwhile, the rest of us are much more quick on the uptake and roll our eyes at the thought that he thinks we need signs to understand what he’s saying. Since I can’t stand to spend time with stupid people, Danny has always driven me batty.

    Anyhow, on to the music. I haven’t listened to country for a while now. But good for him that he’s getting some radio play. With luck, it’ll be enough to remind some of his idol fans of who he is before his album drops and give him some decent opening sales.

  33. steph6449
    But if one has to compare the two of them ‘” one thing they share is that millions of people voted for them liking what they do.

    And what they do is based on a deep (some would say blind) belief in religion. Its a niche market that can be very profitable if done right.

  34. Well, I saw him live last week, and not a ‘heart hand’  to be seen during his performance.

    Oh noes! steph6449, say it ain’t so!

    A Danny without heart hands is like…Simon without a British accent, a Lambert performance without pelvic movement…argh!

    Danny does seem like he has fine intentions, and I’m sure he’s a nice guy. That Matt’s so fond of him is ever-encouraging.

    BUT I still feel like a scared baby seal whenever he opens his mouth.

    And I can’t even begin to fathom Gokey with the boot song. No way.

  35. BUT I still feel like a scared baby seal whenever he opens his mouth

    Oh my. Be brave :)

    Maybe you need some heart hands of encouragement also ;)

    Not everyone will love what Danny says, any more than everyone likes Adam and what he’s doing. (Not sure about Kris, people tend to be more neutral there as he’s kind of middle of the road.) That’s ok. What any of them need is enough support to do well in their chosen direction.

    When I went to see Danny last week at the country western venue (conchcast, was great to see you there) — I wasn’t completely sure how he would be received. But the crowd really loved him, both those who seemed to have come primarily for Danny, of whom there were more than a few. And also the “regulars” who were there for the full range of country music and dancing. He got a great reception, both for his singing and also for his relating to the crowd through his performance and speaking to them during his set. Not for everyone, but a lot of people aren’t too cool to appreciate Danny’s warmth and sincerity.

  36. what in the hell did Sarah Palin have to do with this? Guess what, lot’s of us support her. Not all of us take the Bible creation story literally. Deal with it…

    ahem…anyway, I was never a Gokey fan on AI but I’m really liking his music!

  37. I wish him well, but as hard as I try, I can never get past more than a sentence or two out of his mouth. I find him insufferable.

  38. Aww MJ I’m disappointed.. Not everyone wants to sing about getting tied down and hurt so bad.

    Positive music in depressing times ..what a concept , how dare he. :0

    If his music is so positive and he’s so inspirational, he should let the music speak for itself. Adam won’t shut up about what how much of an individual he is and how artistic he is, and Danny won’t shut up about how inspirational he is and how important his music is. Both of them are insufferable because if you have to keep telling people how great you are and how deep you are, then maybe you aren’t that great or that deep.

  39. VAidolFan09
    what in the hell did Sarah Palin have to do with this?

    Not much. SP has found success in politics based, primarily, on her religious beliefs. Danny is using his religious beliefs to propel his music career. I offered SP to note that Danny could be very successful.
    Danny has the added advantage that he actually has musical talent. So, if SP was almost President, imagine how far can Danny go!

  40. I think some people, both fans and otherwise, are very conscious of Danny’s religious nature. But in all reality, he very rarely speaks directly of it. Apart from his writing on his own blog, the most I can recall is him describing himself as a “man of faith” once or twice in interviews–when asked and without his particularly elaborating.

    Clearly his religion is very important to him, and drives a lot of what he does and the values he’s trying to bring out in his music. In the country music world, he will be far from alone in that.

    But he also does songs very often that are purely for entertainment, like PYT or Maria Maria on the AI tour. I really don’t find his single to be that inspirational from any religious perspective. Unlike the song Kara wrote, which has an obvious faith element to it.

    [ Not to dwell on the Sarah P thing, but there are a lot of other values that people can share with someone coming from a conservative political viewpoint, besides any of a religious nature, lol. And she ran for Veep, not President, unless you assume she was gonna knock off John McCain after Inauguration Day. Oops, don’t answer that ;) ]

  41. I think some people, both fans and otherwise, are very conscious of Danny’s religious nature. But in all reality, he very rarely speaks directly of it. Apart from his writing on his own blog, the most I can recall is him describing himself as a ‘man of faith’  once or twice in interviews’“when asked and without his particularly elaborating.

    Clearly his religion is very important to him, and drives a lot of what he does and the values he’s trying to bring out in his music. In the country music world, he will be far from alone in that.

    But he also does songs very often that are purely for entertainment, like PYT or Maria Maria on the AI tour. I really don’t find his single to be that inspirational from any religious perspective. Unlike the song Kara wrote, which has an obvious faith element to it.

    ITA. Danny rarely ever talks about his faith. I have followed a lot of his inteviews/appearances and he rarely talks about that.

    Also I don’t see “My Best Days” as a religious song. I think that it’s an upbeat happy song. I could have seen the video for this song being a video where Danny was shown going around Nashville, hanging out with people and having a good time.

    It’s also a good driving song. I think that Danny could have also been shown driving in the music video for this singing and having a good time.

  42. It’s also a good driving song. I think that Danny could have also been shown driving in the music video for this singing and having a good time.

    But that would never happen because then he wouldn’t be certain his MESSAGE!!!111eleventy got through to people. God forbid should people just listen and enjoy the song as a cute little song, they’ve got to be inspired, dammit!

  43. Danny won’t shut up about how inspirational he is and how important his music is

    But this would give the impression that this is the only thing he talks about and that they are the first words out of his mouth. I believe whenever he refers to his life philosophy is when someone asks him about what the song means, at which point he then explains. When you only have 30 seconds to make your point you have to hhit the points that matter since our attention span is miniscule.

    But the great thing about music is some just want to feel the groove of the song and others want to know how it affects the artist, and in the end everyone can be happy.

  44. If his music is so positive and he’s so inspirational, he should let the music speak for itself. Adam won’t shut up about what how much of an individual he is and how artistic he is, and Danny won’t shut up about how inspirational he is and how important his music is. Both of them are insufferable because if you have to keep telling people how great you are and how deep you are, then maybe you aren’t that great or that deep.

    Amen. It just gets to become difficult to listen to, even at an early point. I don’t need to hear something that self-referential. Realistically speaking, it’s the viewers’ job to make those kind of referential judgments, not the subject, and while when the subject tries to make many overtures to that judgment it never comes off well.

    I’m not wishing him ill, but, yeah, it’s hard for me to interact with Danny. I’m not sure it’s all an issue of him being so overwhelmingly dumb, even if he isn’t exactly a genius by any measure. I am, however, amused that Danny honestly thinks he’s going to include signs to “challenge” someone to live life. He’ll probably have taken the context out of that to-do list I totally forgot to follow through on. *sigh*

  45. I think Danny’s biggest problem is that he’s not very bright

    He’s racking up one accomplishment after another, both with his career and his foundation, so I think he is managing just fine. No one could do those things for him, he had to do them himself. I’ve been watching and listening to him closely for months now, and I find him to be an impressive young man, for a lot of different reasons. And also very likeable, I’ve lost count of the number of fan encounters I’ve read over the last months that describe him as very warm and sweet to people. The “preaching” thing doesn’t really make sense to me, I think of him as hoping to inspire. I suppose that equates to “preaching” to some people. They’re two very different things to me. I am not religious and I have never felt that he is trying to push religion. He has said he’s not, and he doesn’t.

    I hope the video is done soon, I’m really looking forward to seeing it. And on a very superficial note, I’m glad the stylist didn’t give him the electro shock look with his hair, he looks really cute.

  46. God forbid should people just listen and enjoy the song as a cute little song, they’ve got to be inspired, dammit!

    Lol. Well, it is really the director of the music video who’s come up with the concept. And we don’t know what they mean by “signs.” May be meant literally, or some kind of less blatant visual cues. I’m expecting it will be a fun hopeful video consistent with the song.

    If his music is so positive and he’s so inspirational, he should let the music speak for itself.

    In all fairness, you have to take into account what people ask Danny when he is interviewed. He rarely brings up the details of his wife passing on, which can’t be any joy for him to talk about. Especially for me recently in his radio tour interviews, when his wife’s brother-in-law is there as part of the band. But Danny is almost always asked about it by interviewers from the press or country music radio. They probably ask because they remember it from AI, but also many fans of Danny do care about that, and relate to his personal story and the idea of hope for the future despite personal challenges everyone eventually faces. I was really struck by that in how people responded to Danny at the AI tour show when he got to the point of singing My Wish and his introduction to the song. People all around me were really relating to it personally.

    Losing his wife was an overwhelming personal event, it’s pretty much impossible they will ignore it, or that something like that could have no effect on him or his outlook on music. As more time goes by and Danny moves into other phases of his life, I completely expect that his interests will broaden out a lot and, also, as his career grows interviewers will be more creative in things to ask him about.

    I hope the video is done soon, I’m really looking forward to seeing it. And on a very superficial note, I’m glad the stylist didn’t give him the electro shock look with his hair, he looks really cute.

    In the spirit of other posts above, “amen” to that. :) The only two criticisms I could raise from having watched Danny sing last week in NC (where he was really phenomenal as I’ve posted elsewhere here), were his hair (lol!) and that he let the audience do too much singing along when I wanted to hear more of Danny’s gorgeous vocals.

  47. He’s racking up one accomplishment after another, both with his career and his foundation, so I think he is managing just fine. No one could do those things for him, he had to do them himself.

    lol it’s called a management team. there are lots of dumb singers out there. It doesn’t make them unsuccessful or untalented, it just makes them people i don’t want to listen to when they aren’t doing the thing that they are good at.

  48. The signs that Danny has in his video might not end up looking very elementary. The finish product hasn’t been shown yet, so we really don’t know what type of signs he’s talking about. He could be talking about a series of images, maybe people shown enjoying life or something along those lines.

    It is a professional Country music video that is going to have to fit in with other videos on CMT and GAC. I don’t think that it’s going to be very elementary or cartoonish. It could end up looking something like the video that steph posted from Rascal Flatts. That video didn’t look bad IMO.

    I think that Danny definitely likes song with a strong message to them. And I could see him making videos that reflect that. But I also hope that he just makes some videos where he’s just having fun, and that he releases some romantic songs and does romantic videos in his career as well.

    I think that it’s okay if he likes inspirational songs. But music is for entertaining people as well, it entertains more than it inspires. And I would like to see him just do some stuff that just entertains people. And hopefully he will do that. He has said that he wants to entertain people.

    I’m glad the stylist didn’t give him the electro shock look with his hair, he looks really cute.

    I think that the hairstyle he has in the video is a good look for him. I like the darker hair color on him, his hair looked like that during the night of the CMA’s and I think that’s color suits him.

  49. Well, it is really the director of the music video who’s come up with the concept

    I do remember Danny saying he was told to show up and he wasn’t sure at first exactly what would be going on in the video. I think that the director knows what they are doing, and that the finished product is going to turn out fine. The clips I have seen of the video so far look good. I wonder who directed the video?

  50. I do remember Danny saying he was told to show up and he wasn’t sure at first exactly what would be going on in the video.

    So Danny didn’t have a hand in coming up with the concept for the video? That’s sad, and just another sign that this isn’t Danny’s career, this is his management’s vision, not his.

  51. Amen. It just gets to become difficult to listen to, even at an early point. I don’t need to hear something that self-referential. Realistically speaking, it’s the viewers’ job to make those kind of referential judgments, not the subject, and while when the subject tries to make many overtures to that judgment it never comes off well

    But when you hear a song on the radio you only get the tune, so that should not be a problem if you don’t want the artists’ viewpoint, but since this was a interview, you get what you get.

    As to Danny’s intelligence level, I think he is at least as smart as some of the people that post on the boards :P

  52. So Danny didn’t have a hand in coming up with the concept for the video? That’s sad, and just another sign that this isn’t Danny’s career, this is his management’s vision, not his.

    Well, since Danny in that interview is obviously very happy with the concept for the video, and he clear loves the song he is singing for his single — regardless of the answer to that, why does it matter? So far I’ve been very impressed that the sound and even the look coming out for Danny’s album, video, professional pics, etc. are completely representative of Danny as we’ve known him all along. Even the fact that some bemoan certain things that were snarked on during the season, is a form of confirmation that he’s being true to what people liked (or hated, as the case may be) about him all along. The team working with Danny isn’t doing anything so far except helping him be himself in the best way he can for his debut album.

    And Danny has been very very busy the past few weeks, not sure when he would be expected to come up with the concept for directing a music video. He did a benefit for kids Monday, another for United Way Tuesday, performed at a concert in NC on Weds., was probably prepping for the video Thursday, and then shot it yesterday. Other weeks over the past month have been similarly packed. He’s smart to have people on his team to do their jobs and advise him in the areas where they have expertise.

  53. The team working with Danny isn’t doing anything so far except helping him be himself in the best way he can for his debut album…..

    He’s smart to have people on his team to do their jobs and advise him in the areas where they have expertise.

    ITA. He’s a new artist who definitely is growing and learning in the music business. I think that it’s wise that he listens to the experts when it comes to different things regarding his music career.

  54. I do remember Danny saying he was told to show up and he wasn’t sure at first exactly what would be going on in the video.

    I am shocked (except I’m not, really) that Danny is again just doing what he’s told.

    19E: “sing country music.”
    Danny: “uh ok!”
    19E/Mark Bright: “sing these songs and sing them exactly like I tell you too.”
    Danny: “uh ok.”
    Video Director: “I came up with a concept. Do what you’re told.”
    Danny: “uh ok.”

    it’s for the best since Danny left to his own devices would be a clueless trainwreck.

  55. I doubt that Adam, Allison or Kris had a hand in the concept of their music videos either. I also expect the video to be professional, this is RCA Nashville we are talking about, not some small label. I agree with those who say that so far Danny’s management team and label are doing a great job at promoting Danny and letting Danny be himself. All five songs I have heard from Danny’s album are exactly the type of songs I would expect him to sing and fit him perfectly. That is more than I can say about the three amigos.

  56. am shocked (except I’m not, really) that Danny is again just doing what he’s told.

    19E: ‘sing country music.’ 
    Danny: ‘uh ok!’ 
    19E/Mark Bright: ‘sing these songs and sing them exactly like I tell you too.’ 
    Danny: ‘uh ok.’ 
    Video Director: ‘I came up with a concept. Do what you’re told.’ 
    Danny: ‘uh ok.’ 

    it’s for the best since Danny left to his own devices would be a clueless trainwreck.

    That’s a great (anti-) fanfic, not sure there is a shred of evidence to support Danny doing anything against his will or against his image and preferences however. He’s been pretty emphatic in interviews about his choice to record country music in Nashville. For anyone who’s listened to all five of the songs revealed so far it’s pretty clear no one is telling or expecting Danny to sing cookie-cutter country just to fit into some ulterior corporate design.

    And Mark Bright has said exactly zero about Danny in public to my knowledge, similarly most other members of his team since they went into the studio. They are playing things very close to the vest, unlike some of the other finalists who are constantly out name-dropping their contacts and working to get broad exposure in the media. Nothing against that if it works for them, although the evidence so far is mixed.

    It’s pretty clear in contrast that Danny’s team is adopting a slow-build, niche-oriented approach into country music, from which they will presumably broaden out as the time comes closer to his actual album release. In a year or so, maybe we’ll know which approach turned out best. Too soon to guess now.

  57. I kind of think that Danny will do ok. He seems very happy and I’m happy for him.

  58. But when you hear a song on the radio you only get the tune, so that should not be a problem if you don’t want the artists’ viewpoint, but since this was a interview, you get what you get.

    Oh, yeah. I wasn’t so much talking about Danny the recording artist as Danny the person.

    As to Danny’s intelligence level, I think he is at least as smart as some of the people that post on the boards

    Quite possibly. Then again, they’re not being interviewed, or at the very least I’m not being subjected to that interview. So it’s all good.

    (Mind you, I don’t think Danny is as stupid as some people are claiming he is. On the flip side, I doubt he’s going to seriously offer me some great truth of the universe. Sorry, Danny.)

  59. I am really interested in seeing Danny’s music video. One thing about Danny is he is singing in a totally different genre of music then I expected him to sing while he was on the show. He took quite a leap of faith and I want to see how this works out for him.

    I wish Danny the best of luck and I hope it pans out for him.

  60. I doubt that Adam, Allison or Kris had a hand in the concept of their music videos either.

    So do I. To be fair, it’s the director who creates the concept of the music video.

  61. In the end it is all about the music and all about the performance. I honestly think Danny will do well with both. Those that like him will buy his music and those that don’t won’t. I am in the buy camp and look forward to his video, single and cd.

  62. I doubt that Adam, Allison or Kris had a hand in the concept of their music videos either.

    Adam had a concept for his video: 1940’s Valentino era opium sex den set in a bar and voila FYE video. So yes Adam had a hand in the visualization/concept of his video.

  63. I think Danny will do well. I think the MV will be popular because it is inspirational. I didn’t vote for Danny, but I always thought he had a nice voice. I really enjoyed his set on the tour (except for the speech).

    Although Danny and Adam are polar opposites in some ways, I also see parallels. Adam’s message is “it’s ok to not fit in, it’s ok to be different.” Danny has a message as well “you can survive painful experiences and find reasons to go on.”

    Both those messages are positive and resonate with people. I think that is why Danny had a very large fan base, just like Adam, on AI. Why he didn’t make it to the finals is a mystery to me. I guess the casual voter who only tunes in for the last few shows and perhaps didn’t know Danny’s backstory, preferred Kris who had his best performances towards the end of the show.

    C’est le vie. It is what is is. Despite coming in third, I have a feeling Danny’s album will sell well.

  64. I think the clip of Danny’s video looks really good. Danny is honest and all of this is sooo new to him.

    A person can be intelligent, but not necessarily have the skills to be a public speaker. I think Danny is very smart….. He’s also sensitive and aware of the world around him.

    I’m praying for his dreams to come true!

  65. I think it safe to say that Danny has exceeded even the wildest of expectations thusfar. Some peeps out there in the blogosphere are surely pissed. Now, if he outsells Kris, “some” peeps will become a “whole lotta” peeps.

  66. After posting above, I just figured out why I can’t seem to connect with Kris. With Adam and Danny, they both have something they want to communicate and they communicate it by the type/choice of music they make. I guess I don’t know what Kris is trying to say to me. Maybe I am missing it and someone can shed some light on it.

    I think with Danny and Adam, you either like the message or you think it is BS, but you know what they stand for. Again, I think that is why Danny’s album will sell well. He has a message he is putting out there.

  67. I think with Danny and Adam, you either like the message or you think it is BS, but you know what they stand for. Again, I think that is why Danny’s album will sell well. He has a message he is putting out there.

    I think that too.

  68. I doubt that Adam, Allison or Kris had a hand in the concept of their music videos either.

    You can doubt it, but you’d be wrong, at least in the case of Kris and Adam. Both have spoken about the processes that they went through to come up with the concepts for their videos. Kris spoke openly about being upset and frustrated about some of the concepts that were pitched to him, and then coming up with an idea that was expounded on by the art director. I don’t expect Danny to come up with every element of the video, but I do think that his people should let him have a say. Danny saying that he just showed up is ridiculous. It’s like none of this is about him, it’s all what Sony Nashville wants. They are molding Danny into who they want him to be, and he’s letting it happen, because his eye is on the fame, not the music.

    This isn’t the only situation where they Danny didn’t have a say. He wanted to have a hand in crafting the songs, and they said no. He wanted to sing a different style of music, and they said, you are singing country. This is just sad.

  69. Danny saying that he just showed up is ridiculous. It’s like none of this is about him, it’s all what Sony Nashville wants. They are molding Danny into who they want him to be, and he’s letting it happen, because his eye is on the fame, not the music.

    I don’t know what your point is or if what your are saying is true, but I don’t think Danny would do anything that he couldn’t reconcile his self with.

  70. This isn’t the only situation where they Danny didn’t have a say. He wanted to have a hand in crafting the songs, and they said no

    I suspect he has no song writing experience, but I wonder if he still didn’t sit down with writers and talk about what was important to him. I suspect most of the album will be filled with inspirational songs. I don’t know. I didn’t know he was so restricted in the album making process. I do think he had the least exposure to popular music of the top 5 and he said that himself. However, I do think he always had a vision of what he wanted to say. He was a music director, so he must have some arranging experience. I think they must have worked with him in some way.

    I think he seems more articulate now then he did on AI. I kind of give him a pass for some of the awkward stuff on AI because I do believe he was in the throes of grief.

  71. One thing about Danny is he is singing in a totally different genre of music then I expected him to sing while he was on the show.

    Aye, there’s the rub. How does one convince the die-hard country fans that a guy with no apparent background in it is really a country singer? See, I’m a die-hard country fan myself and so far I ain’t buying it. It’s gonna take far more than a few kind words from DJs and a guest shot on the Opry to convince me that Danny is singing country because he was born to do it and not because it’s just a place to get started. Time will tell, I reckon, if the boy turns out to be real country or a poseur.

  72. Aye, there’s the rub. How does one convince the die-hard country fans that a guy with no apparent background in it is really a country singer? See, I’m a die-hard country fan myself and so far I ain’t buying it.

    I’m not really a country fan but I like some of Taylor Swifts songs and I also liked some of Shania Twain’s songs. Ditto with Johnny Cash. Perhaps Danny will straddle the fence and be more country/pop or country/rock?

  73. Or country/soul? Didn’t Danny say this is what he wanted to do?

    Seems like this is what he is doing right now.

  74. I suspect he has no song writing experience, but I wonder if he still didn’t sit down with writers and talk about what was important to him

    Based on Danny’s own words, he tried to do this, but was told no thanks. In fact, it seems like most of the songs were submitted to his label, and no one actually wrote any songs that were expressly intended for Danny. But given the rushed time frame there really wasn’t time for that. Since the album won’t be out until March, I don’t understand why they picked out and recorded the songs so quickly.

    Also, I really don’t get what Danny’s sells have to do with Kris or anyone else. Danny’s career is about him, and he has enough obstacles without having to worry about what anyone else is doing.

  75. Or country/soul? Didn’t Danny say this is what he wanted to do?

    Seems like this is what he is doing right now.

    I’m having some flashbacks about Danny saying country/soul in an interview. Does anyone remember when he said that?

  76. Also, I really don’t get what Danny’s sells have to do with Kris.

    It’s probably not important to Kris fans, but probably another contestant’s fanbase that would be more interested in comparing the two.

    ;)

  77. It’s probably not important to Kris fans, but probably another contestant’s fanbase that would be more interested in comparing the two.

    Oh, I don’t think you can compare Allison and Danny. They are completely different genres. I do think Danny will sell more than Allison in the early months just because he had a large AI fan base. In the longrun, Allison, I think, will sell more.

  78. I love music videos & I’m looking forward to Danny’s. Not a fan of his but I like his voice (..the singing). Ah, I regret clicking the video because now I’ll be looking for that “SIGNS” . Dannnyyy, nooo… school’s over… hate homeworks; don’t want one! :)

  79. How many songs (self-written) did Kris, Adam and Danny have published prior to Idol and how many post Idol?

  80. Actually many Allison fans don’t care or compare sales between idol contestants. Most Allison fans are cool. Now I don’t know about the Glamberts. They might be a different story.

    ;)

  81. Actually many Allison fans don’t care or compare sales between idol contestants. Most Allison fans are cool. Now I don’t know about the Glamberts. They might be a different story.

    I think a lot of fans don’t make sales comparisons. They just like their favorite.

  82. How many songs (self-written) did Kris, Adam and Danny have published prior to Idol and how many post Idol?

    Kris wrote all of the songs on his first album, Brand New Shoes, and has 1 song on his current album that he wrote by himself over a year ago, and he has co-writer credit on 8 other songs. The issue isn’t whether or not the label allowed Danny to write any songs, he’s not a writer, it’s that he wasn’t even allowed any input on the songs. How can he come off as being believable, especially in a genre that he doesn’t understand and that he really didn’t want to go into, if he doesn’t have a hand in making the songs his own?

  83. I’m having some flashbacks about Danny saying country/soul in an interview. Does anyone remember when he said that?

    I admire the people that are sure of themselves and their profession right out of the shoot. It takes some people a few career changes or a few song genre changes to figure everything out. Those people that are sure of themselves early on are lucky and few and far between….

  84. Actually many Allison fans don’t care or compare sales between idol contestants. Most Allison fans are cool. Now I don’t know about the Glamberts. They might be a different story.

    I know you are an Allison fan, and it seems that you are not cool with Adam so I’m not sure about the “most Allison fans are cool” statement. I haven’t seen anything on this thread that suggests people are comparing Adam’s and Danny’s sales but let me go back, perhaps I missed something.

  85. Treefrog, regarding what you said: “See, I’m a die-hard country fan myself and so far I ain’t buying it…. Time will tell, I reckon, if the boy turns out to be real country or a poseur.”

    Fair enough, but please note that Danny doesn’t have to win over die-hard country fans to still be very successful as a perceived country artist. Country as a genre is nowhere near as snobby and closed-to-outsiders as Rock is, and both Daughtry and David Cook are doing very very well for themselves, despite the fact you will almost never hear any of Cook’s stuff on Rock radio and only very very rarely hear Daughtry’s stuff there. They are both rockers, they are perceived as rockers, and they get great airplay on mainstream radio.

    So even if country radio decides to shut Gokey out, he can still do very well on AC and HAC and top 40 radio.

    At the same time though, it appears that your reservations about Gokey’s authenticity aren’t shared by the majority of country radio stations and so far his tune is doing quite well, getting adds and airplay. So it certainly isn’t a given that Country radio will turn up its nose at him and shut him out (so far it looks to be going the opposite way).

    I do agree that expectations are on the Idols to put albums reflective of how they performed on Idol. I just disagree with the opinion that Gokey has made some drastic genre alteration that is completely different than what he did on Idol. So far all of the songs I have heard from Gokey have not only been quite good, they have sounded exactly like the better performances from Gokey on Idol to me. How ‘country’ they are in a purist sense is a different matter. I’m not a country fan, so I don’t much care.

    I remember seeing some reviews of Daughtry’s performance of ‘Tennessee Line’ on the CMAs – there were many many comments from country fans who loved the tune and went out and purchased it (reflected in the sales and chart rankings the song achieved the following week), and there was one lady who bitterly protested that ‘DAUGHTRY ISN’T A COUNTRY ARTIST DAMMIT AND I AIN’T NEVER WATCHING THE CMAS AGAIN!!!’ It made me laugh out loud to read her comment and all I could think was ‘does she honestly think anyone anywhere would mistake Daughtry for a country artist?’

    My point is whatever happened to liking or disliking a song based on its own merits, regardless of how it’s categorized? I am a huge rock fan; does that mean I am obligated to hate and revile all other forms of music? I’m not into country but I like certain songs very much, so I’m not qualified to voice the opinion that ‘Tennessee Line’ is a great country song. I wouldn’t know. But I think it qualifies as tremendously good rock ballad with a dash of loneliness and resonance that smacks of country. Aren’t we allowed to just like a song for itself?

    In the same vein, I find ‘Best Days’ to be a very well-put together song that is catchy and puts me in a better mood when I hear it. So regardless of how it’s categorized, I really like the song and I’m happy to see that it’s doing well.

  86. “How can he come off as being believable, especially in a genre that he doesn’t understand and that he really didn’t want to go into, if he doesn’t have a hand in making the songs his own?”

    It’s easy. Artists achieve success when they are authentic to themselves, not when they are trying to conform to be authentic to a supposed genre.

    ‘Best Days’ *is* Danny Gokey. Nothing about that song makes me think of some guy wearing a stetson and playing cowboy. However it is precisely right for Danny Gokey, hell it could be his theme song. His single fits him like a glove. If he sticks to songs that reflect who he is as an artist and a person, and keeps up the hard work and willingness to persevere through opposition and obstacles, I believe success will flow to him as surely as if it were a natural law of the universe.

    So yeah, Danny trying to be believable as someone he’s not? Destined to fail. Good thing Danny and his management have taken the other approach and gone for the goal of Danny trying to believable as someone he is.

  87. I think Danny did have a hand in choosing the songs on his album. I know that I heard him say in an interview that he chose to do Tiny Life because he could identify with the meaning. I think in listening to the songs on Danny’s album, it’s very obvious that he had input in choosing the songs.

    I also think that some people may read more into Danny’s saying that “he was told where to be and showed up” than was actually meant just to suit their own agendas. This certainly doesn’t have to mean that he had absolutely no input into the video.

    However, I will concede that Danny has been VERY busy, and it is hard to get an album out quickly and introduce Danny to the radio peeps along the way, so I imagine that compromises have to be made, especially with a first album that ideally should come out before the new AI season is over.

    I’m pretty sure that I remember Kris? (one of the idols) making some kind of similar comment a few months back about being told to show up somewhere and do this or that or maybe it was something like “I just do what they tell me to” with regards to his album (I’m going on memory here so I’m sure the quote is not accurate). Please correct me if I am wrong, but that really seems familiar. I don’t think that that means that he has absolutely no input. I do think that this stuff is new to all of the idols and there is a lot of “go here and do this” given by the management of them all. Danny has been insanely busy lately, as all of the signed idols have been, I’m sure.

  88. It’s easy. Artists achieve success when they are authentic to themselves, not when they are trying to conform to be authentic to a supposed genre.

    Thank you for stating this so eloquently, DanielB. That’s the way that I have always felt about Danny and the music that he is putting out. People keep harping on the fact that Danny is not “country,” and is therefore not being “true to himself,” and he’s “selling out,” blah, blah, blah… But if they listen to the actual music/songs that he is singing and they are being honest, Danny is being as true to himself as is possible. The songs he has chosen to sing are, as you said, very much Danny Gokey. If you don’t like Danny, then you won’t like the songs, but if you do like Danny, you are most likely going to enjoy these songs because he certainly sings the hell out of them…lol.

  89. It was bothering me so I went and found the quote. It was from Kris. I remember that some peope took this to mean that he had little input/say at that time. This was during the tour, I believe. I, personally, didn’t read that much into it, but I knew that some people would. The Kris quote is below:

    So far, the album is going well. At least that’s what the honchos are telling him. ‘I don’t know,’  he said. ‘I’ve never done this before. I keep asking, ‘Is everything going okay?’ They say, ‘Everything is going great.’ Okay, good!’ 

    Sorry about not being correct about the quote, but it’s been 4 months and I don’t really keep up with Kris. I just remembered reading a quote from him and thinking at the time that some people would take that quote, and use it against him, so to speak.

    I think that happens a lot with idols. When one doesn’t like an idol, they tend to interpret a quote in the most negative way. Of course, I’m sure the flip side is true also, meaning that fans will interpret a quote in the most positive way.

  90. I’m not really a country fan but I like some of Taylor Swifts songs and I also liked some of Shania Twain’s songs. Ditto with Johnny Cash. Perhaps Danny will straddle the fence and be more country/pop or country/rock?

    Taylor and Shania are way more pop than country. Especially Taylor. Perhaps that’s why you liked them more? Johnny Cash was innovative country. I consider him pre-punk, actually. Genius.

    Danny isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t go for his inspirational ballads. I don’t like his breathy voice. That doesn’t mean there’s not a market for him.

    I’d just rather listen to Bucky Covington or Kellie Pickler if we’re talking about country idols.

  91. I, personally, can’t listen to Kellie Pickler….she’s too twangy for my taste. I did like Bucky’s scratchy tone on Idol, but I only enjoy him on southern rock type songs. I didn’t really like Bucky’s country songs, at least the ones I heard when he first put out an album. I haven’t listened to everything that he’s done, so there may be something that I like.

    As for Danny, it really doesn’t matter if all country fans embrace him, he just needs enough of an audience to sustain a music career. I hope and believe that his songs are good enough to pick up that audience, provided he gets “enough” radio air play to give the songs adequate exposure. As a fan, my primary interest is that he is successful enough to continue to make albums because I love to hear this guy sing!

    After listening to him sing “Oh Holy Night” at Coyote Joe’s in NC the other night, I’m really hoping that he will make a Christmas album next year! He was awesome, and the videos don’t do him justice!

  92. Well, I wish Danny well. I’ll admit to never being wild about him or at least the personality he has presented on TV or elsewhere, but I think his voice matched with the right song could score on country radio at some level.

  93. It’s probably not important to Kris fans, but probably another contestant’s fanbase that would be more interested in comparing the two.

    ;)

    Actually many Allison fans don’t care or compare sales between idol contestants. Most Allison fans are cool. Now I don’t know about the Glamberts. They might be a different story.

    ;)

    Wow, baiting much? (and commenting on fanbases/stirring fanwars)

    And no, the smiley faces do not make it cute.

    :P

  94. Most Allison fans are cool. Now I don’t know about the Glamberts. They might be a different story.

    I’m an Allison and Adam fan. Those fans are pretty cool also. But I don’t know about the Plaidstans. They just might be a different story.
    lol

  95. eh who cares about danny anymore. When idol starts up again no one will even remember him and hell just be another idol failure

  96. Country + preaching is exactly down Danny’s alleyway. Not everyone’s style, not mine anyway, but I can imagine him being successful with it.

  97. Im not a Danny fan but was impressed by his AI summer tour performance so I wish him good luck.

  98. Hey now, weighing in as a huge country fan here, of both traditional and modern country music. Some good old fashioned preaching has always been apart of country music. So, why are some of you upset with Danny’s desire to interject his faith into his music?

    Just saying… the man has undeniable talent, an arsenal of country stations behind him, and plenty of fans.

  99. After posting above, I just figured out why I can’t seem to connect with Kris. With Adam and Danny, they both have something they want to communicate and they communicate it by the type/choice of music they make. I guess I don’t know what Kris is trying to say to me. Maybe I am missing it and someone can shed some light on it.

    I think with Danny and Adam, you either like the message or you think it is BS, but you know what they stand for. Again, I think that is why Danny’s album will sell well. He has a message he is putting out there.

    But, see, this for me is the issue. And why I have an issue getting behind Danny as an artist.

    Let’s take the comparison off the Idol artists, though, as that’s not productive; I don’t need to be caught up in how one is or is not invested to the compared Idol artist. So… Martina McBride. Contemporary country artist. She’s certainly known for backing up her songs with a message from time to time (“Anyway”, “This One’s For the Girls”). Thing is, though, is that even when Martina McBride takes time to send me a message, she doesn’t have to personify that message. She can let that message exist within the song, allow the listener to take or leave that message, and move on.

    That transiency, for me, is actually a very good thing. When I listen to something like that, I can appreciate it on its own terms. When the artist attempts to use themselves as a pulpit, whatever presumption that might otherwise just be located within the space of the personal and the place of advice becomes something different, and forced me to evaluate the artist on the terms of that message, and in doing so the artist himself inflects that message. And then I usually am forced to dismiss both the artist and the message.

    Because, really, I’m an arrogant bastard, and I may well know better than the artist anyway. And I’m not alone in that.

    Who is that guy to tell me the terms on which someone is unique in any way that matters to my life? Who the heck does something think he is trying to tell me how to positively lead life? The former is so conceited and superficial that it insults intelligence and bears little on complex identity formation within contentious spaces that people like me deal with on a daily basis; the latter comes from a heavily privileged space that also throws out alternate understandings of one’s ethical space. Neither is going to so much as stick with me for a minute. And if the artist want to become representatives of those messages, than I’m going to take them to task, as artists, for that understanding. (In the case of the former, though, I might forgive it because of the highly contentious space of identity politics within which he is sitting very openly, but only to a point.)

    Now, is there then a space for an artist to say something? Sure. For one, when the artist isn’t personifying the music, I can appropriate the terms to my own life as I choose or not choose, and that makes it easy to enjoy the song. Further, there have been more particularized forms of message construction in pop music which doesn’t rely on personifying an argument in any definite sense. I’ll refer to Lady Gaga’s The Fame (and even The Fame Monster, though it requires more textual reading) and Rihanna’s Rated R as phenomenal examples of albums with messages (albeit somewhat complex and potentially problematic ones that warrant some level of engagement) that can easily be enjoyed by snobs such as myself. That’s in no small part because they never tell me what to think.

    Now, does everyone think like me? Hardly. And you can easily build a fan base from the people who aren’t like me in that regard. But it’s also true that such a gesture can foreclose different audiences depending how that reaction is personified, in a way that wouldn’t matter if the artist was just saying it… and leaving it.

  100. This is kind of fun. I think this is the first year that the Top 4 Idols all got videos for their debut singles out this quickly*. Any chance that Danny can get his out by the New Year so that we can have a new benchmark? Top 4 Idols with their videos out in the same year they were on Idol?

    I wasn’t a fan of Danny, but I wish him the best of luck. It’s a tough business out there and it’s great to see Idols succeed.

    *many years, the top 4 don’t get videos at all. Season 2 might have. S5 definitely didn’t (that was a funny year. Patrick Hall who went out during the first round of semis got a video, but the winner didn’t).

  101. *many years, the top 4 don’t get videos at all. Season 2 might have. S5 definitely didn’t (that was a funny year. Patrick Hall who went out during the first round of semis got a video, but the winner didn’t).

    Ooof! That’s unfortunate.

    I do think S2 all had videos.

    (Edited because I thought S6 might have, but it seems LaKisha didn’t put one out to support her album. So nevermind that.)

  102. Has LaKisha put one out for her album?

    Can’t find any (other than fan made ones).

    I do think S2 all had videos.

    I was just checking and I can’t find one for Kim’s “8th World Wonder”. Ruben, Clay and Josh all have one for their debut singles. Anybody know if Kim did make one or is S8 the first to get the top 4 with videos?

  103. I was just checking and I can’t find one for Kim’s ‘8th World Wonder’ . Ruben, Clay and Josh all have one for their debut singles. Anybody know if Kim did make one or is S8 the first to get the top 4 with videos?

    I’m sure I’ve seen Kim’s before.

  104. Ok, so I don’t have the original video per se, but I think this is a remixed version of the original video, and not scenes from a new one. (I definitely recognize the beginning in the kitchen)

  105. Feeling compelled to weigh in on the personification of the message. What you might see as imposing a personal belief or situation into a song, I see as added passion; passion to actually step out of the song and truly belief what you are singing. This is one of the endearing qualities I find with Danny. If he was singing about bull riding in a bar, I do not think he could come close to the passion that pours out of him when he sings his new songs.

    I can say I have shared Danny’s music with many of my non-idol friends who by the way are avid country listeners and they love him. No back-story needed, just good music.

    As for listening and living the message, I am more than willing to stand and be counted.

  106. I just watched the VH1 top videos of 2009 and I was surprised by how many message videos there were. Nickelback, Rob Thomas specifically said they made videos with positive messages. Rob Thomas even had one that ended in a Love parade full of signs.

    Those kinds of positive videos aren’t necessarily my thing but I guess they’re not that unusual.

    I was new to this world S5 but it now amazes me that the winner of that year never got a music video. That’s just so beyond belief weird. Who made that call anway.

  107. I’m sure I’ve seen Kim’s before.

    Found it on MySpace (youtube fail!)

    So, it looks like Season 2 was the first to get all the debut single videos out for the Top 4, but Season 8 will likely do it in a shorter period of time (“8th World Wonder” was not released until March of 2004 and I’m not sure when “I Want to Live” was released, but the album wasn’t released until June of 2004).

    It’s kind of cool to search through the archives for all these old videos. A walk through memory lane. Maybe we should have a thread visiting debut singles for each season? If old fanwars flame up, they would at least be ones that we haven’t seen in a while so they might seem fresh in comparison.

  108. Danny is a real great performer. At the AI tour, he just really connected with the audience, while he was singing.Alot of the other contestants seemed to be more internally connected to their music with the exception of Adam and Matt and didn’t connect with the audience as much IMO. You could feel his love and passion for singing. I enjoyed his inspirational speech, even though I am not religious. It didn’t seem selfcentered at all. He seemed sincerely touched by the audiences reaction. I think his fans have helped him through a difficult time a bit. I am hoping he is successful. I really think Country Inspirational music is a good genre for him, even if it wasn’t necessarily his first choice. I never voted for him during the AI season but loved his voice the second or third most of the contestants.

  109. If old fanwars flame up, they would at least be ones that we haven’t seen in a while so they might seem fresh in comparison.

    :)

    There are alot of comments here for a Danny thread.

  110. Great discussion. I am very happy that the top 4 all have videos for their debut singles. It suggests to me that their labels are invested in them. Why there was no video for the winner of season 5 suggests the label was not that invested in the winner and he was dropped quickly even with almost a million in sales of his debut album.

    As to the message, Danny’s fans know exactly what he stands for and what his music is all about. No surprises with Danny – he talks the talk and walks the walk. I have a lot of respect for his commitment to his music and to helping others and most importantly, I love his voice and all of the new songs from his debut album. Can’t wait to buy his single tomorrow

  111. As to the message, Danny’s fans know exactly what he stands for and what his music is all about.

    And country music videos are rife with messages. A lot of people like their country music with a slice of message.

    Just look at some of the message-laden singles that Carrie has put out. Her first two albums featured debut singles with messages (“Jesus Take the Wheel” and “So Small”). Didn’t seem to hurt sales too much.

  112. I’d have to second the comment above about not reading too much into short comments Danny is making in interviews. He hasn’t done any extended interview (not more than a few sentences I think) about the process for his album, nor has anyone on his team. Mark Bright has not been out in the press at all to my knowledge, they’ve not identified any collaborators for Danny’s songs, songwriters have only become known through Brian Mansfield of USA Today.

    To take from that lack of information, that Danny has had no active part seems like quite a leap to me. He said during the AI tour that he was selecting songs for his album with his team in Nashville. I also read reports from a songwriter that he was at a songwriter luncheon of some sort with ASCAP, it may well be that they were there talking about their vision for the album. After that, I saw one or two songwriters tweeting about trying to write and submit songs for Danny.

    Danny also has said that RCA really “got behind” the concept for his album, which evidently is the “modern soul country” idea that he was mentioning back as early as late May in radio interviews. I’ve posted elsewhere here that I for one got that wrong. I thought he meant singing country songs a la Rascal Flatts with a soulful vocal style. What we’re hearing in the first five songs is at least two of them having a distinctive soul/R&B tinge mixed with the country, and one of those two sounds almost wholly R&B to me. So it seems the album will be a mix of country and soul together, which will be quite interesting and not something anyone would likely expect had Danny not had part of the vision for that.

    One quote I did see from Danny recently, when a DJ asked him how he got his hands on the Jeffrey Steele song Tiny Life vs. a more established artist snatching it up, was that Sony/RCA had done some outreach to songwriters about the vision for Danny’s album, and had “gotten a great response.” It certainly seemed to me from that story that Danny & team had a group of songs to jointly consider for the album.

    From the limited ability we have to gauge without their talking much about it in public, Danny’s album seems to be coming together pretty seamlessly which suggests they’ve had a clear direction and focus. We don’t hear any reports of them struggling over which songs fit the album, or going back to add new ones after deciding the songs aren’t working for Danny. He can be a pretty strong-minded guy, it would be pretty surprising if he wasn’t bringing that into some areas of his new album, while allowing experts to offer ideas and advice in other areas like the best artistic direction for the video.

    The little anecdote I heard (from someone who was there) about Danny’s comment on the video, which was made to a fan, was that he didn’t know exactly what they were going to ask him to do. His comment wasn’t that he had no clue what the video itself would be about, or that he’d had no ability to provide input or feedback. To the contrary, actually, one of his band members that night said that he knew what the concept was, but wasn’t at liberty to reveal it. All he felt able to say to the fans was that it was a concept video (vs. purely live performance) and was going to be really good. That was kind of frustrating but very very consistent with the way they’ve been holding information close hold for Danny ever since he went into the studio and has been on the locally/regionally-targeted radio tour.

    I hope once the video hits CMT and GAC for the first national exposure, Danny may be doing more extended interviews to give up more goodies about the remaining songs and process for the album. Or some clever DJ on the radio tour will ask questions more creatively than we’ve heard so far.

  113. People seem to qualify things through their own unique filters and life experiences. What some see as total dedication and commitment to an “ideal” and heartfelt emotion from Danny, I see as ego driven propoganda and self-centered adulation. And reality is probably somewhere in the middle.

    Only people like Mother Teresa who give their whole lives to a “cause” can be considered selfless. Anyone else is still looking out for number 1, especially if you are ensconced in an industry that is all about revenue and the financial bottom line.

    I do wish Danny a successful career. My anger has abated and I have come to terms with his inability to grasp that others do not think he is a beacon of light and hope and that his path was awe inspiring. I’ll listen to his music if it is there…I would never pay for any of it.

  114. I was new to this world S5 but it now amazes me that the winner of that year never got a music video.

    The Season 5 winner never got a lot of things that other winners got. At least Danny is out from those PTB and has good management which is already doing great stuff for him.

  115. Only people like Mother Teresa who give their whole lives to a ’cause’  can be considered selfless.

    As if to prove your point, there is a book and documentary about Mother Teresa calling her a political opportunist, who merely pretends to be selfless in order to rake in the dollars and spread religious dogmatism and that she had no intention of helping poor people.

    So, it would appear that nobody gets to try to be selfless without criticism.

  116. Danny has a gift and even though he is not my cup of tea, I wish him well.

    My difficulty is his preaching because he makes it personal…every time….and bringing up his hardship becomes an uncomfortable issue for me. I like songs at times that have a message, but I don’t like when an artist has to point those out to me. Music is personal and I will make my own assessment….I don’t want to look for signs….I want to happen on them. If you have to explain your music it becomes a *chore* for me….let me figure it out. Danny seems too many times to have a need to talk before he sings….and he loses me!
    I had written something similar a few weeks ago and there were many not too happy with my comments. That is okay….we are all free to give opinions…..I am only one person but for me it is such a turn off that it stops me from being a fan….and I want him to have many. I truly want all the idols to find successful lives.

  117. I do wish Danny a successful career. My anger has abated and I have come to terms with his inability to grasp that others do not think he is a beacon of light and hope and that his path was awe inspiring.

    I don’t think Danny thinks absolutely everyone will relate to his background or that “overcoming” and “hope” message he talks about at times. He does say quite often in interviews that he loves to put out music that is just fun and entertaining, in addition to the more seriously oriented songs. And that’s really true, when you look at the mix of songs he’s done ever since he came into the AI process.

    I don’t expect he’ll abandon the more inspirational side anytime soon, nor should he if he doesn’t wish to. For every person who gives him feedback that they don’t care for it (who may or may not have been disposed to buy his music anyway), he does get a lot of positive feedback from people who relate to his story and take some comfort or food for thought from it. Not just from fans, but I don’t know how many of the radio interviewers on the tour of country stations have said something like that, or shared a story of their own. And there are plenty of examples in country music of songs with stories like that doing very well.

  118. Not to get to off topic but here is an album that I bought a long time ago that blended the soul and country music by the use of duets.

    http://www.amazon.com/Rhythm-Country-Blues-Various-Artists/dp/B000002OR2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1261323321&sr=1-1

    So some of the songs that Danny is singing actually don’t stray to far from this concept.

    As to the signs he was speaking of in the video , I don’t think were meant to be taken literally, I took it to be more like images. I can see things like and older person graduating college, a senior citizens traning for a marathon, etc…, more life affirming that those annoying one word sign videos that seem to have taken over the world. Although there might be a few of those to just because they are so popular.

  119. So far all of the songs I have heard from Gokey have not only been quite good, they have sounded exactly like the better performances from Gokey on Idol to me. How ‘country’ they are in a purist sense is a different matter. I’m not a country fan, so I don’t much care.

    As for Danny, it really doesn’t matter if all country fans embrace him, he just needs enough of an audience to sustain a music career. I hope and believe that his songs are good enough to pick up that audience, provided he gets ‘enough’  radio air play to give the songs adequate exposure.

    It’s interesting to me that many of Danny’s Idol fans don’t seem to like or understand country but are more than willing to have him in the genre. If it sounds sorta country I suppose radio will play it with a label push, but radio isn’t who he really needs to convince to have a long term career. I do think country fans have their own version of “rock cred” and those who use country when all else fails (Jessica Simpson anyone?) or as a stepping stone can be perceived as poseurs and they usually don’t last long. Taylor Swift may be on the pop end of the spectrum but she has admitted country influences and roots. So who again are Danny’s country heroes?

    So even if country radio decides to shut Gokey out, he can still do very well on AC and HAC and top 40 radio.

    If that’s where he wants to be then why doesn’t he do that from the start?

  120. After posting above, I just figured out why I can’t seem to connect with Kris. With Adam and Danny, they both have something they want to communicate and they communicate it by the type/choice of music they make. I guess I don’t know what Kris is trying to say to me. Maybe I am missing it and someone can shed some light on it.

    To quote Kara, “If you can’t feel a Kris Allen song, something is wrong with you.” Not saying anything is wrong with the person quoted above!!, just saying that most people agree wholeheartedly with Kara.

    Anyway, Kris was communicating pretty well to these screaming fans in Charlotte Thursday night:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujifA9yZ-Hc

  121. To quote Kara, ‘If you can’t feel a Kris Allen song, something is wrong with you.’  Not saying anything is wrong with the person quoted above!!, just saying that most people agree wholeheartedly with Kara.

    Oh, I don’t know about “most people.” That why in my post, I was only talking about myself not being able to connect to Kris’s music. I am also a fan of Adam, but I would never say there was something wrong with someone if they don’t like Adam’s music or for that matter, think he is full of BS in the message he presents. Different strokes and all.

    By the way, if everyone did agree with Kara, I’m sure Kris would have sold a lot more albums. :)

  122. In regards to Danny, it will be interesting to watch his growth. He, of all of the top 5, was the most sheltered in regards to popular music. He’s diving in now, head first. I would love to hear an interview from him a year from now. I am also glad he is getting this album out now so he can perform on AI. Now if only Matt could pull something together in the next month….

  123. Because, really, I’m an arrogant bastard, and I may well know better than the artist anyway. And I’m not alone in that.

    ITA- I know what you mean. At times in the past, I have been irked by preachy artists. Bono was starting to grate on me during, what I call his “Messiah” phase, around the time of U2’s Joshua Tree tour. But I think that was just me. I still think U2’s music is great and I’m not as sensitive as I used to be about being preached at but I do see what you mean. By the way, Matt Damon and Bono taking the piss out of themselves and other stars who get involved in “good causes” on the HBO show “Entourage” was a win!

    For some reason, I’m not irked by Danny’s message. Maybe if I am over saturated with them, I may be turned off. Too soon for me to tell yet.

  124. A lot of Danny fans, myself among them, are actually country fans. Why wouldn’t they be? And really, Danny doesn’t need every possible person in the universe, or every possible country music fan, to like him and buy his music. He needs an audience that is big enough to sustain him in his career, for what he wants to do which seems to be this country+soul combination. I read on a CMT.com article today, where people were hatin’ on Taylor Swift pretty bad in the comment thread. Doesn’t mean she’s not successful obviously, even if she’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

    Country radio isn’t rejecting Danny so far at all. If you listen to any of the many interviews he’s done, they are usually very cordial ranging to highly enthusiastic. One nationally syndicated country radio interviewer talked about how she was such a Danny fan on AI, she’d practically qualify as a stalker. Others have identified with Danny for his personal story, or had common interests with him for his music, faith, etc. My local DJ in the DC metro area just raved about Danny after meeting him, both personally and for his music.

    I talk to a lot of Danny fans at various sites or in person, haven’t come across one who is unhappy with the mix of songs coming out on his album. The biggest problem Danny’s core audience has is deciding which song they like best ;)

    Danny’s in LA today performing at a big Dream Center event at the LA Sports Arena, where they are giving away thousands of bikes and have some other activities for less fortunate people in the LA community.

    http://tweetphoto.com/6841387

  125. It’s interesting to me that many of Danny’s Idol fans don’t seem to like or understand country but are more than willing to have him in the genre

    Why should I care what genre Danny is in as long as I like the song he is singing? I, personally, feel like too much emphasis is placed on genre. Why should music/art have to fit nicely in this or that box? Just listen to the song, and if you like it, great. If you don’t, don’t listen to it.

    I do think country fans have their own version of ‘rock cred’  and those who use country when all else fails (Jessica Simpson anyone?) or as a stepping stone can be perceived as poseurs and they usually don’t last long.

    I saw Danny in a country bar/club the other night in NC. Let me express to you that I don’t think a “more country” hangout exists in these parts…this was pretty hardcore.

    At any rate, Danny came out and was totally himself. He sang his songs and he was a hit with those “country” folk, from any outside inications that I could gather. They cheered loudly for him, many were singing his single along with him, and also after he would sing some of the other songs, many in the crowd would try to pick up and sing with him later in the chorus. As I mentioned the other day, Danny has such an awesome voice, that at one point during Danny’s singing, a guy standing two down from me, looked at his buddy wide-eyed and said “Wow.”

    I understand that there are some country fans that are exclusive, but I do believe there are also a good many country fans, that are able to accept and appreciate change and variety in their music.

  126. I saw Danny in a country bar/club the other night in NC. Let me express to you that I don’t think a ‘more country’  hangout exists in these parts’ ¦this was pretty hardcore.

    At any rate, Danny came out and was totally himself. He sang his songs and he was a hit with those ‘country’  folk, from any outside indications that I could gather. They cheered loudly for him, many were singing his single along with him, and also after he would sing some of the other songs, many in the crowd would try to pick up and sing with him later in the chorus. As I mentioned the other day, Danny has such an awesome voice, that at one point during Danny’s singing, a guy standing two down from me, looked at his buddy wide-eyed and said ‘Wow.’ 

    I was there that same evening, and completely agree. As someone who is both a country music fan of many years, and a Danny fan, I was interested how he would be received by that kind of crowd, and tried to observe the crowd reaction in between enjoying Danny’s performance (which was spectacular — vocally he was spot on throughout his seven songs).

    There was no problem whatsoever, they totally loved him–visibly more than the other two more typically “country” artists I saw there that night, one of whom has had a top radio hit this year. I’d credit that to the strength of Danny’s singing, his AI exposure which brought him into people’s living room for months, and also the real warmth and openness he has onstage, which the other two performers, good as they were, both lacked.

    And that was a bona fide country western beer bar if I ever saw one, line dancing all night before the live performers came on, plenty of folks decked out in their western wear hats, boots, fringe, lol. The singing along also struck me, as it was pretty widespread even for Danny’s new songs. Some in the crowd clearly had heard them before online or on their country radio stations. I’d also attribute that to Danny’s gifts for working a crowd and bringing them along with him as he performs. He is very very good at that in person.

  127. This is an interesting conversation. I’m a huge, huge Archie fan. And he does choose songs that have messages, that open ppl’s eyes to those in need. Right now, he’s singing “Prayer of the Children” to raise awareness for starving children overseas. He chooses Christmas songs that have special meaning to him, and his next album is meant to showcase his thoughts and who he is as a person. David doesn’t like fluff, and neither do I.

    I am on my church worship team and write a few songs myself. In that setting music is considered worship and a ministry. Other than David, I listen to Christian contemporary. Again, it’s considered a ministry, and the message is loud and clear. Obviously that’s different from being in the mainstream, but my point is…music is a very powerful tool. Why not use it once in awhile to communicate something you feel is important for others to know? It seems like most artists already do.

    Also, I think new artists are chomping at the bit to be able to forge their own identity, and say, “Hey, I’m not like anyone else out there. Let me show you who I am, and what I’m all about.” That is when they really start connecting with the music, and we start connecting (or not) with them.

  128. There are some Danny fans that are not country fans, but there are some that are. (I am a Country music fan). Both situations are fine, and Danny has fans that will support him regardless of whether they are Country music fans or not.

    A lot of people just like good music, if music sounds good to them, they will listen and buy it, regardless of what genre it is. They will especially do this, if a singer they really like is singing that music.

    I’m hoping that Danny fans will give him a nice headstart in sales starting tommorow once his song goes on sale. And that he will gain enough popularity in the Country music to where a good amount of country fans will help sustain decent sales for him, and help him build a solid career in Country music.

    I believe that RCA is setting things up so that Danny will end up gaining a lot of new fans outside the AI bubble. They’ve done an excellent job so far, with putting him on the radio tour. And now that a lot of Country music stations have accepted him and are playing his song momer, he will definitely gain new fans due to that.

    The more airplay he gets, the more popular his song becomes, the more popular his song becomes, the more fans he gets. I think that he could end up gaining a lot of new fans.

  129. A lot of people just like good music, if music sounds good to them, they will listen and buy it, regardless of what genre it is.

    I’m in this camp. I grew up listening to a very eclectic mix of songs and will listen to anything as long as it appeals to me in some way.

    When I first heard Danny during Hollywood week (i did not tune in to the audition rounds as I was sick of the focus on the loonies), I was very attracted to his voice. There was a soul and raspiness to his vocals which was pleasing to me. All this was later derailed during the rest of the competition for reasons I don’t care to go into. I rediscovered a little of that enjoyment of his voice during the Idol tour concert and felt that he can connect with an audience in a way that others did not.

    All that to say I believe Danny can have some success with his musical endeavors and I, for one, will buy a particular single(s) if something appeals to me. If the album is very good, I may even surprise myself and purchase it.

    Edited: to fix typo

  130. Danny’s on live now apparently at the LA Sports Arena for the holiday event

    Today, December 20, 2009, 9 minutes ago |
    At the dream center event watching thousands of la families receive christmas bikes and gifts! Danny gokey performing now

  131. Couldn’t agree more with the comments being made about the life and faith messages being put forth by artist of all genres in the music of today and yesterday.

    Any Bono fans out there?

    Any Lennon fans out there?

    In the name of love!
    What more in the name of love?

    You can say that I am a dreamer,
    but I am not the only one!

    Can’t wait to buy Danny’s single tomorrow. Not because, I am saying he is Bono or John Lennon. Rather, because he cares, and dares to voice his opinion about positive things.

  132. undercooked, you don’t have to agree with kara’s comment, but did you listen to the video? The video shows how Kris can connect to the audience and how his performance skills have improved since AI. And he sings from the heart which is one of the things that drew me to him. Does Kris have the best vocals? No. He will tell you that, but neither does David Cook (he can be pitchy, dawg), but I fell in love with DC last year, partly because of his huge heart. So it’s not always about the best vocals for me.

  133. Aww MJ I’m disappointed.. Not everyone wants to sing about getting tied down and hurt so bad.

    Positive music in depressing times ..what a concept , how dare he. :0

    LOL! I like a huge variety in music, including lots of rock, alt. rock with all different “kinds” of messages. Everything musical has a “message”. I don’t mind Danny’s messages in the least- he has a great variety of fun, sexy, romantic and yes, inspirational.

    I enjoy some music that makes me feel upbeat and optimistic- good way to start my day. And “My Best Days” is just that.

    And I don’t consider Danny “preachy”. I consider people preachy who are self important, and judgemental. People who give Danny a chance or who have met him remark on how humble, easy going and accepting he is. They guy just honestly wants to help people.

  134. undercooked, you don’t have to agree with kara’s comment, but did you listen to the video? The video shows how Kris can connect to the audience and how his performance skills have improved since AI. And he sings from the heart which is one of the things that drew me to him. Does Kris have the best vocals? No. He will tell you that, but neither does David Cook (he can be pitchy, dawg), but I fell in love with DC last year, partly because of his huge heart. So it’s not always about the best vocals for me.

    While ‘connecting’ to an audience is a valuable tool for an artist… it loses its value if what is produced in the record isn’t up to snuff. I feel this way about DC. I love him live & he has a better voice in concert, but his album fell short with me. Kris is somewhat similar for me, although for this instance it is mostly his vocal styling that doesn’t work for me.

  135. Does Kris have the best vocals? No.

    Actually, compared to a lot of singers on the radio, Kris’s vocals are pretty good. I also liked his LLWD video. I like Kris and think he is talented, I just don’t connect with him. Which is ok, because there are many people who do. I am also curious, just like I am about Danny, to watch Kris develop over the next year or so.

    I do think the top 5 this year are very strong. I just wish Matt could get a record deal and then I would feel like season 9 was complete.

  136. I feel this way about DC. I love him live & he has a better voice in concert, but his album fell short with me.

    ITA-I voted for Cook last year and bought his album, but I was disappointed in it. I do believe this next album will be much better as he has had time to write it. I hope they give him more freedom for this album. I get the feeling RCA played it safe with Cook’s album because they were afraid of alientating his fanbase. I would say the reason they are giving Adam, Allison, and Kris more freedom this year is because of Cook’s album, but Cook’s album sold really well. So I don’t know. Maybe they feel that Cook didn’t break out of the Idol bubble enough because he produced an album that was aimed at the Idol demographic ? I never felt Cook was Cook on his album. I don’t know…I’m probably talking out of my ass right now.

    I am also really interested in hearing Danny’s album because I do like his voice. I was kind of hoping he could blend some of the salsa vibe into his music because he is interested in that and I did like his Maria Maria on tour. I am kind of excited about Danny’s album because I think he was probably the rawest talent and has the most room to grow in comparison to the other top 5, all which had some club and band experience. Danny’s experience was all in church from what I recall so this experience has got to be mind blowing for him, and I mean that in a good way.

  137. koshka
    While ‘connecting’ to an audience is a valuable tool for an artist’ ¦ it loses its value if what is produced in the record isn’t up to snuff. I feel this way about DC. I love him live & he has a better voice in concert, but his album fell short with me. Kris is somewhat similar for me.

    Interesting because I love David’s album (and Kris’s). They both have kind of an eclectic mix which I really like. I heard DC on the idol tour, but I didn’t get to go this year, so I’ve only seen videos of Kris “live” (mostly the jingle balls, Letterman, Ellen, Conan, Bonnie Hunt, … ), but I love Kris’s performances over the past month and will most definitely go see him on tour.

    undercooked, to each his own. I don’t like Danny, but the main reason is because of his use of the sympathy card (sadz) (which was completely opposite of how David Cook handled a similar situation). Different strokes, right?

    I do wish Danny well, and it appears that he is going to do really well in country, so I’m happy for him. It’s just not my thing.

    undercooked, I’m not sure what you mean by “I hope they give him more freedom for this album.” He wrote 1 and co-wrote 9 of the songs.

  138. undercooked, I’m not sure what you mean about David’s album not being David. He wrote 1 and co-wrote 9 of the songs.

    I do like a few tracks, like Lie and BBS, but some of the others just seem like generic rock. But I think that is because they were rushed. I also think that if David had a free hand in producing his album, it would sound more raw. I’ve never seen him in concert, but from the vids, he is much better live. I would love to have a David Cook live album as I think that captures who he is. I just think his first album is too generic and too overly produced that his great vocals get lost.

    In regards to Danny and Cook and the sympathy card, I think Cook is just more grown up than Danny. Also, Danny had just suffered an unexpeced loss, where Cook had been dealing with his brother’s illness for years. I think of Cook as more of an adult and Danny as a kid, although Danny is older. Danny to me seems pretty sheltered, that is why I am fascinated to see him out in the big old music world mixing with non-church folks. This is a great learning experience for him. He has a nice voice and I am interested in seeing him develop.

  139. How can he come off as being believable, especially in a genre that he doesn’t understand and that he really didn’t want to go into, if he doesn’t have a hand in making the songs his own?

    After hearing all 5 songs revealed so far I think its safe to say Danny definitely has had a big hand in his album. I don’t think a big country label like Sony RCA Nash would come up with the concept of a guy singing without a twang, with positive messages (although there are plenty of non message songs they’ve said), with a pretty heavy infusion of soul. “Be Somebody” sounds completely R&B, at least the acoustic version we’ve heard.

    I agree with others here who say the songs so far are undeniably Danny Gokey. And he sings them like he believes them , which has always been his strong suit, and part of the reason he has a great audience connection.

  140. Also, Danny had just suffered an unexpeced loss, where Cook had been dealing with his brother’s illness for years.

    Danny’s world seemed to be pretty wrapped up with his wife and family and church, and he’d been with her since high school so I can fully believe that was an overwhelming loss at such a young age.

    I think of Cook as more of an adult and Danny as a kid, although Danny is older. Danny to me seems pretty sheltered, that is why I am fascinated to see him out in the big old music world mixing with non-church folks. This is a great learning experience for him. He has a nice voice and I am interested in seeing him develop.

    Danny seems to be learning a lot from the industry. He’s still close to his family and church, though. By most accounts he’s staying with his wife’s sister and her husband in Nashville for the time being, and he still seems to be very close with the church network in Nashville, LA, and other locations (as with his Dream Center visit in LA today). In due course he’ll probably set up his own household somewhere, but that hasn’t apparently happened yet. He’s probably not even in Nashville that much, with the ongoing promo tour which has been on and off the road since before Thanksgiving.

  141. Speaking of the LA event

    dannygokey: 2day was amazing @ the DreamCenter. We gave away 8,000 bikes & 20,000 gifts. I performed my new single which goes on sale on iTunes 2morow!
    12 minutes ago from Twitterrific

    Saw on twitter that Danny was seen at an airport leaving LA. Wonder where he will be heading next, or if he is off for the holidays?

    Not sure I’ve heard of any other appearances until he’s due to sing the NA at the Packers game on Sunday. You’d think he probably has a ton of promo/media work to do though, with his single going on sale tomorrow.

  142. Also, Danny had just suffered an unexpeced loss, where Cook had been dealing with his brother’s illness for years.

    True. But the producers wanted to use Cook’s story, and he said he didn’t want to win the sympathy vote. I respected him for that. DG did the exact opposite, and it just bothered me. My husband and I were huge Cook fans last year, and my hubby (a Milwaukee native) was actually rooting for DG until he did that.

    But, as I said, I wish Danny well. He has a huge fan base, so he really should be successful in whatever he does.

  143. Danny wears his heart on his sleeve and I think country fans are more accepting of that. As long as he believes in the lyrics he sings, the country fans will accept him, or at least enough for him to make a go of it. I think he will be successful.

  144. he said he didn’t want to win the sympathy vote. I respected him for that. DG did the exact opposite, and it just bothered me.

    See, I really don’t believe that Danny used the situation to get sympathy. I think that Danny is really just a very open type person. As revcat says above, he wears his heart on his sleeve. I think he was being who he was in the moment and sharing his situation, but I don’t think he was using his wife’s death to get a sympathy vote. I believe he was just being honest and open, which really seems to be who he is as a person.

    He really never talked about his wife after the initial interview. When he was booted off, it was obvious that he was so overwhelmed and as he said glad that he could finally speak about his wife and situation (which had obviously weighed heavily on him) without being accused of trying to use the situation to gain votes. I really think he just wanted to share his wife’s story and who she was and how much he loved her. But I think he misunderstood the amount of cynicism that is out there (possibly because he is not a cynical person, himself). I think, no, I know, that the accusations hurt him, as they would anyone.

    As he said in a recent interview, “googling himself was the mistake from hell.” But I do believe Danny is a strong person, and I think he has learned and moved on from the hurt, and is focusing on the positive, and there are a lot of positive things going on for him right now.

  145. But the producers wanted to use Cook’s story, and he said he didn’t want to win the sympathy vote. I respected him for that. DG did the exact opposite, and it just bothered me.

    I see these situations as different actually. David’s brother was still alive, and there is certainly an element of privacy here; of course he wouldn’t want to put his ill brother “on display”. And how do we even know that TPTB even wanted to make a backstory about that? What I saw was Ryan trying to ask him about it and he declined to answer. And he certainly displayed AC prominently on his guitar as a show of support, so he didn’t keep it completely private.

    Danny did not know about his in law holding up the pic of Sophia after Hero. He said he was not happy about it. And after he entered the top 13 he never spoke about her. In fact, he said he was so relieved after being voted off because now he could talk about her and not be accused of trying to get votes.

    What is telling is that a lot of people don’t start watching Idol until the top 10 or so and had no idea of his backstory. Not everyone is a fanatic like we are and frequents blogs either. I have heard so many people say that until his exit video they had no idea.

    He obviously loved his wife a lot and set up her foundation to honor her. I think if he didn’t talk about her he would have gotten hate as well- what person who lost their spouse so young and unexpectedly wouldn’t want to talk about them?

    I also agree with aek and revcat; Danny Gokey is a pretty innocent, open person who does wear his heart on his sleeve.

  146. aek, there was a video of Jamal (sp?) saying that DG intended to use the story to get people’s attention. But it’s in the past now.

    I guess Danny will live in Nashville permanently now? I’m not sure how this works for country stars. And has anyone heard whether or not DG is writing with Chris Sligh? I know they met during idol. Maybe Chris can write a #1 song for Danny.

  147. Chris Sligh and Phil Stacy did write a song for Danny, but I don’t know if that song will end up on his album.

  148. I guess Danny will live in Nashville permanently now? I’m not sure how this works for country stars. And has anyone heard whether or not DG is writing with Chris Sligh? I know they met during idol. Maybe Chris can write a #1 song for Danny.

    Danny’s been spending most of his time in Nashville since the AI tour ended, but doesn’t seem to have set up a permanent residence. Appears he is staying with his wife’s family.

    Chris Sligh did write a song for submission to Danny’s team, with Phil Stacey and another co-writer. No idea if it was accepted for the album, it’s not any of the five songs released thus far. The only tidbits about who wrote the songs have come out in formal press releases, or through Brian Mansfield’s USA Today blog occasionally. No leaks or teasers directly from Danny or his camp about songwriters, much as a lot of us would love to know.

    I know there was some comment by Jamar (Rogers), but I understood it to be about the producers’ intent, or that Jamar thought he was brought along partly for the ride to amplify the backstory for Danny (again, by the producers, not anything Danny himself did). I have never heard anyone who actually knows Danny suggest he had intent to exploit his wife’s passing for AI. From anything I saw or heard people comment about, he was pretty overwhelmed with his grief when not directly in the competition / performance mode for AI. I think even one of the stylists or other background people said that, about Danny being very serious / sad behind the scenes much of the time especially early on, whatever else was seen on camera.

  149. Diane, I know the video that you speak of. I think Jamar was misinterpreted…I don’t think he meant that they intended to use the story for sympathy, but rather that that was the result of it. But yeah, it is in the past.

    I think Danny has said that he will have a place in both Nashville and in Milwaukee. And Jx223 is right about Chris Sligh and Phil Stacy having written a song for Danny. Chris seemed pretty excited about it in a tweet, but I don’t know if Danny ended up using it on the album.

  150. I don’t believe for a minute Danny would even consider using his loss for gain. Danny has repeatedly said he would trade everything in his world to have his wife back again.

    He was simply overwhelmed by his loss, and could not hide it from AI’s capitalistic producers. Danny made his way all the way through that competition while grieving an immeasurable loss.

    I admire him for his strength. I got the chance to meet him at a recent radio station private concert, and asked him if ‘it was everything he dreamed it would be’? He alluded to the tough times he faced, but said the good outweighed the bad. I think the bad he mentioned, had something to do with all the ridicule he faced.

    The fact that he can still rise above all the hate amazes me. He deserves every ounce of success he achieves.

    I am looking forward to purchasing his single tomorrow.

  151. Danny’s single is for sale now on both iTunes and amazon.com.

    Very proud to have bought my copy :)

  152. lol it’s called a management team.

    The comment above was in response to my comment that Danny has racked up quite a number of accomplishments, both with SHF and his career. Obviously, he has a management team. “lol” I am not at all naive about the scope of a management team. But it has a specific role, and no role in some very important accomplishments. Just one example, the strategic and operational alliance with Matthew Barnett did not happen because of a “management team”. The huge donation by a NFL football player didn’t happen because of a “management team”. The radio station staff members across the country that I’ve listened to interviewing Danny aren’t responding with warmth toward a “management team”.

    Danny set himself two huge goals in the past year, after a devastating personal loss. He wanted to launch a music career and he wanted to launch a non-profit organization. Each of those things are massively difficult. He has done both, they’re in early stages but very promising and with support from some very impressive people. Now, tell me again how stupid he is?

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