Danny Gokey Performs New Song “Best Days”, KTLA Los Angeles – VIDEO

Danny Gokey is currently on a promotional tour to promote his new country single, “It’s Only”, for RCA Nashville. At KTLA TV in Los Angeles this morning, he performed the single PLUS a NEW song called, “Best Days”

Watch both performances, after the JUMP…

Video after the JUMP…

Danny Gokey sings “Best Days”

Danny Gokey Sings “It’s Only”

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48 Comments

  1. I thought Danny looked and sounded great here on both these acoustical numbers!
    He must be showing us not all of the songs on his album will be “inspirational”, with the performance selection of “Best Days”.
    I loved Best Days; sounds like it will really be a fun upbeat song. It was pretty funny, you can see Danny kind of bouncing in his chair like he wanted to get up and dance!

  2. I like this new song of Danny’s “Best Days”. :) I like that it’s more of an upbeat song. I also like the softer version of “It’s Only” that he sung this morning.

  3. just finished watching it, great,when is he cd coming out?

    It’s supposed to come out some time in March.

  4. danny why country,why?????

    But neither song is country. Country is just the radio genre he’s being marketed too. As a country music fan I don’t appreciate that but IMO based on these songs Danny fans who don’t like country have nothing to worry about.

    He must be showing us not all of the songs on his album will be ‘inspirational’ , with the performance selection of ‘Best Days’ .

    Isn’t one of the lines in the chorus something about the best days being ahead of him? It’s inspirational in another way.

    IMO Danny is singing the kind of songs he should be singing – I’d guess he relates to the messages of both songs. I just don’t feel they’re right for someone trying to make it in country which just shows that IMO country isn’t a good fit for Danny.

  5. Best Days ain’t bad. They should make that his first single instead of It’s Only (which sounds like something Christian radio would play.)

    Danny has one of my favorite voices off Idol. But that doesn’t always mean you can make it as a recording artist. I’m not sure country will work for Danny either. It’s just a drag that R&B really has evolved into hip hop and Danny can’t make it there. He’s got a great R&B voice.

    (I could see myself buying Best Days but I’m def skipping It’s Only)

  6. Country has all kinds of inspirational songs, as does pop, and just about every genre. Danny does like most (but not all; on tour PYT and Maria were not “message” songs) of his songs to have a message

    I thought the beat, musical feel to Best Days was quite country; at least as much as we can tell from this acoustical version. But I guess, most importantly, it is just plain good music.

    “just finished watching it, great,when is he cd coming out?”

    I think the above is very telling- it will be a common response of many who have worries about Danny doing country.

    CD will be out in March BTW =)

  7. Country has all kinds of inspirational songs, as does pop, and just about every genre. Danny does like most (but not all; on tour PYT and Maria were not ‘message’  songs) of his songs to have a message

    ITA. I am country music fan as well and there are country songs out there that are inspirational. One of my favorite ones out there right now is Trace Adkins, “All I ask for Anymore”. I love that song and could see Danny singing songs like that.

    I do want Danny to have a variety of music on his album, in addition to inspirational, like upbeat and romantic and I hope that he does. “It’s Only” is a nice inspirational song, “Best Days” is more upbeat, and I am hoping that he has at least a few good romantic songs on his album as well.

  8. They should definitely have gone with Best Days as the first single. It has a much more country sound to it. And it’s upbeat which is always easier to sell from new artist. That said, while good, it doesn’t feel finished/polished to me, there’s something about his vocals that don’t work for me on it, but darned if I know what it is. I’ll be interested to hear the studio version.

  9. I am definitely interested in hearing the studio version of “Best Days”. I think that it will be good. I want to hear the end of the song as well, because he was cut off in that video.

  10. Best Days is kind-of good. Maybe the acoustic arrangement is not “country”, but I can see how the studio version could be very country. Regardless, is definitely very “Danny”.

  11. “Best Days ain’t bad. They should make that his first single instead of It’s Only (which sounds like something Christian radio would play.)”

    Although Inspirational Danny moves me because he sings so beautifully, I do like fun/sexy Danny better. I like Best Days better as a first single too because of that.

    But I think his purpose was to define himself as a socially conscious artist who wants to inspire (his whole other purpose in life right now is his foundation that benefits the underprivelaged) so he chose this as a first. The season of giving and charity right now probably plays a role also. I do think it fits in with country; after all “Jesus Take the Wheel ” was much more overtly religious, when you look at Idol first singles.

    I feel like Adam did the same: FYE does not appear to be the best song off his album (I know that’s opinion but it does seem to be a popular one), but I think he chose it to say “Hey, this is who I am”.

  12. I think Danny did a great job with Best Days which was the first time he performed it in public. He seems to be quite happy with both of his songs, and I can hardly wait to hear more.

  13. I wasn’t fond of “If Only”, but think that “Best Days” could work well for Danny! Good job, Danny!

  14. I just listened to his KTLA performance of both songs. I really like them both. Danny sounds great live and can’t wait to hear the studio version of “Best Days”. Both songs suit Danny very well. I wonder if he is going to release Best Days as a single also and I am curious who wrote it. Danny and his label are full of surprises. I did not expect to hear another song from his album this soon.

  15. I wonder if he is going to release Best Days as a single also and I am curious who wrote it.

    I am interested in seeing who wrote “Best Days” as well, and I do wonder if his label will release the song in December in addition to it’s only. It kind of seem like Danny and the interviewer were indicating that “Best Days” would be released in December as well.

    If he did release both songs for sale, I definitely do think that the vast majority of his online fanbase would buy both songs. It would be cool to see him charting on Itunes with both songs, if he releases both of them in December.

  16. Really like Best Days…I think this will be a hit for him….Danny has really improved as a performer. Great job Danny!

  17. I’m happy to say that I thought Best Days was pretty good. I’m not a country fan but I would probably buy it. Don’t like the other song though. Way to go, Danny!

  18. Love these 2 live performances. To me Best Days definitely has a country vibe. Great lyrics – a lot of people can relate to. Definitely aiming for a more mature market – “Aging nothing but a number, sometimes I just wonder what it really means” – I don’t think the teens will get it LOL.

  19. Well, I do like It’s Only better than Best Days. But they are both solid songs, imo. It’s kinda hard to totally judge Best Days because it is the type of song that I think kinda needs more music behind it.

    Still really liking It’s Only. I just think it’s a very pretty song.

    Very surprised that we got to hear another one so soon! Good job, Danny!

  20. Oh my gosh, he looks great and sounds fantastic, I am so pleased that his promo tour has started off so strongly! “Best Days” sounds like another excellent choice for Danny, I really like it.

    Thanks for posting the videos!

  21. Hi aek and Josie. :)

    aek, I think that Danny did a good job with “Best Days”, but I think that the studio version is going to be better than the version we saw today because it will have more music behind it.

    I like both songs, but think that’s “It’s only” might end up being more popular than “Best Days” even though I hope that both songs do well. :)

  22. Hey Jx223! It was nice to see how happy Danny looked performing “Best Days”. He seemed completely at ease and his voice sounded very strong. I think he will continue to win a lot of new fans on this tour. And bonus points, his hair looks good…no electroshock look! Yay! (Oh, and the short sleeved shirt doesn’t hurt either). ;)

  23. It just looks so forced. Why couldnt they just let him do the type of music he wanted to do?
    Maybe I will actually be able to listen to a country song now…not likely though.

  24. It`s only is sooooooooo friggin CHEEZY!!

    After listening I turned French and surrendered!

  25. Best Days is very good, I think there’s a big chance for that to be a country smash hit.

  26. Looks like Danny performed at a radio station also.

    Today, November 17, 2009, 4 hours ago |
    @dannygokey just performed at KKGO’ ¦ hurry up let’s release his album now!!! Amazing

    http://twitpic.com/pwawq ‘“ Danny Gokey! in studio!
    about 5 hours ago from TwitPic

  27. Those who are big fans of Danny will likely enjoy these songs.
    He was loved on tour when he did the Rascal Flats and inspirational type stuff.
    But I didn’t like it then and I don’t like these…at all.
    Danny may be putting his heart and soul into these songs but it comes off stale and cheesy and insincere to me.
    Plus I do not find anything new and fresh about what I am hearing.
    I am not bashing Danny personally, just the music and how I am feeling the music.

  28. Hey Jx223! It was nice to see how happy Danny looked performing ‘Best Days’ . He seemed completely at ease and his voice sounded very strong. I think he will continue to win a lot of new fans on this tour. And bonus points, his hair looks good’ ¦no electroshock look! Yay! (Oh, and the short sleeved shirt doesn’t hurt either).

    I think that Danny looks cute in these videos. I like the way his hair looks in these videos. :)

    Looks like Danny performed at a radio station also.

    Today, November 17, 2009, 4 hours ago |
    @dannygokey just performed at KKGO’ ¦ hurry up let’s release his album now!!! Amazing

    http://twitpic.com/pwawq ‘“ Danny Gokey! in studio!
    about 5 hours ago from TwitPic

    I am glad to see that Danny’s radio tour is underway. Hopefully this tour will help him get more radio airplay.

  29. Way To Go Danny! I really like Best Days and think it will be a good hit. As with all of Adam’s songs, this is also something I will be buying. The rest of the Season 8 original works by the other artists just makes me yawn.

  30. Just had a chance to listen to Best Days and the new live version of It’s Only. I still love It’s Only but am glad to see Danny already with an upbeat country song as well. Danny has at least one performance coming up at a country music club, I could definitely see him including Best Days as part of his set and the audience enjoying it a lot.

    One of the things I enjoyed about Danny from the show and seeing him live on the AI tour was how well he could handle a variety of songs with very different emotional levels, tempos, etc. Just these two songs show that again, even more so when you take into account the much more emotionally intense, extended version of It’s Only that Danny sang on Sunday. I like a lot of different country artists and have a pile of country CDs, ranging all over the spectrum from traditional to more ‘modern.’ I don’t see any problem considering either of these songs to fit into the country music environment, in terms of either the songs themselves or the way Danny performs them. I’ll be interested to see who the songwriter(s) turn out to be for Best Days.

  31. ‘It’s Only’  and ‘Best Days’  makes me look forward to the album. Can’t wait to see what else Mark Bright has in store. “It’s Only” must have gotten a lot of good responses in order for RCA Nashville to push up the release to radio stations. I also love how he is being promoted by his record label. If Danny is getting all this promo and buzz for the single, I can only imagine what the album is going to be like.

  32. It’s really nice seeing Danny sing gorgeous songs that make him shine. Enuf of my fan girling for tonight!

  33. It’s really nice seeing Danny sing gorgeous songs that make him shine. Enuf of my fan girling for tonight!

    ITA, lol.

  34. The song “My Best Days” is a great song, would be popular no matter who sang it- very smart choice by a very shrewd guy. The “If Only ‘ song is good too, but Best Days is better.

  35. Yeah, I love the haircut.( Danny is too cute for those glasses and hope they go next.)

  36. Danny is coming on strong. Looking real comfortable being his cheesy self.

    By the way, what is so wrong about cheese? Goes really well with some wine & crackers.

    As 4 me, I’d love to have some of both with Danny. He is looking mighty yummy these days.

    Can’t wait for his album to come out.

  37. Not a Danny fan at all and hate this kind of music but I think for this genre these are really good songs and Danny sells them well. Good for him!

  38. Danny is coming on very strong. I am digging the friggin’ cheese that some of you don’t like.

    What is so wrong with some Danny cheese? Better yet, how about some wine, Danny and the cheese and crackers. Now we are talking.

    That Danny is looking mighty fine lately. YUMMY!

  39. he IS coming on strong. To me he is the best of the idol finalists. As Randy said… “Dude, you can SING”

  40. “Yeah, I love the haircut.( Danny is too cute for those glasses and hope they go next.)”

    Glasses are stylish, but like to see those big soulful browns once in a while.

    “Better yet, how about some wine, Danny and the cheese and crackers. Now we are talking. ”

    You can have the friggin cheese you love, I’ll take Danny and the wine =)

    Ok, enough slobbering; I think Danny has come out of the gate with two really strong songs; especially for the genre he is in. Anxious to hear studio version of “Best Days” whether it will be more folksy or honky tonk country- instrumentals will tell I think.

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