Danny Gokey: Sneak Peek at Album Cover, Holiday Video

Here’s a first look at the cover of Danny Gokey’s debut album. Titled, Best Days, it’s set to be released early March 2010.

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A straightforward head shot makes for a nice cover, especially for a newbie.   Oh yeah! There’s that guy that was on Idol!

Danny’s current single, “My Best Days are Ahead Of Me” is now available for digital download.

Folks who pre-order My Best Days via Danny’s website will receive an instant download of the single, plus an autographed CD jacket when the album comes out!

Via Idol Chatter.

After the JUMP, check out Danny singing   “O Holy Night” at a recent showcase for his record company.

Video after the JUMP….

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135 Comments

  1. Danny – My Best Days
    Adam – For Your Entertainment
    Kris – self titled
    Allison – Just Like You

    IMO, I think Danny has the most inspiring title, along with Adam. Least inspiring Kris and Allison.

  2. jambajim
    12/22/2009 at 9:32 pm
    danny looks very nice in that picture.
    see gokey fans? i can give the guy a compliment!!

    We appreciate the holiday spirit, lol. :)

    That performance of O Holy Night is quite spectacular, especially as it builds toward the middle and end of the song. Saw Danny sing it in person last week at a different event, just as impressive there. Country-western club crowd really loved Danny.

  3. I like Danny’s album cover. Also I think that Danny did a good job with “O Holy Night”.

  4. Wow, Oh Holy Night just leaves me speechless! I think its the best rendition I have ever heard. Wish we could buy it.

    Album cover is nice. Its not as “artistic” as the others, esp. Adam’s, but I think Country fans like their covers pretty “natural” so I think its a good fit.
    He does look pretty good- Jamba Jim, you gotta man crush?!

  5. Am I the only one noticing that when Danny turns his face to cough during the part that goes “our dear savior’s birth” that his voice keeps singing while his face is turned away? at like 53-55 seconds of the video, somewhere around there.
    You would think his official site would do a better job at covering that part up.

    Anyways the picture is ok. i think the simpler the better for Danny.

  6. Nice cover, and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but Danny Gokey sounds really great on this song! No straining, and he’s FINALLY learned not to take huge breaths in the middle of phrases. I think he must have spent some down time working with a voice teacher. The lyrics clearly resonate with him, and I think it makes all the difference in the world. And he actually sounds “country” here, too. I’m kinda shocked.

    OMG, he could end up being the biggest seller from S8. LOL

  7. Wow I think that is a great cover. This is what I wish KA’s had been more like. I still don’t like that over the shoulder empty theatre scene.
    But I hope Danny does well. I am soo not a country listener, particularly male country artists, but maybe he will have some pop/rock country stuff that is a little less sentimental.

  8. I wasn’t a fan of Danny during the show, but the vocals on this make me understand what Simon et al were seeing. -I think he may have suffered a crisis of confidence toward the end of the competition and so did not deliver what he’s capable of.

  9. I wasn’t a fan of Danny during the show, but the vocals on this make me understand what Simon et al were seeing. -I think he may have suffered a crisis of confidence toward the end of the competition and so did not deliver what he’s capable of.

    Actually I tend to think Danny’s top 3 performance of You Are So Beautiful was very much along these lines, especially as it built toward that full-on gospel reach toward the middle and end. CROCS was another great vocal performance from Danny late in the competition. The song Paula chose for him on the top 3 night wasn’t a good song choice, and his performance was good but not his best for me. Though in general I love his more uptempo songs about as well as his ballads, really.

    Which is causing me all kinds of confusion trying to decide which of his new songs I like best, lol. So far we have two ballads, and three uptempo songs–quite the dilemma to decide :)

  10. melirose89, you aren’t crazy, there is a point where his voice continues past when he is singing. However you’re assumptions are all wrong about what’s happening there or that anything needs to be ‘covered up’. That’s obviously a vocal effect that they have turned on the mike at that point which stretches out his tone. Whoever is running sound corrects that thereafter, but I have no doubt every bit of what you hear here is exactly the same as what you would have heard if you were standing in the room.

    I think that’s the best version of ‘Oh Holy Night’ I have ever heard by any Idol, and I say that as a huge Daughtry fan (then again I still liked Daughtry’s version and it was obviously just Daughtry and an acoustic on his bus singing into the computer, so it’s hard to compare to a band with someone running sound at a live event – but still, I liked Danny’s better…). Danny sounds fantastic and sublime; if this were a single I would pick it up. Man, that kid can really, really sing.

    “OMG, he could end up being the biggest seller from S8. LOL”

    I’ve always thought Danny will be this season’s Daughtry – the ‘surprise’ success that was voted out earlier than expected. Every move he’s made has been very smart so far – great first single, very smart grass-roots promo campaign, and the album cover looks great too. I always thought he’d be more successful than anyone expected, but I admit I wouldn’t have thought he’d be the most successful from season 8; however, after the underwhelming album sales of the first 3 alumni and particularly after Adam has made some jaw-droppingly self-destructive and self-sabotaging moves, there is seriously a chance that Danny could be the big seller from season 8. We will see. Before Adam fans lynch me I will go on record as saying as badly as Adam and his management have handled things up til now that his 3rd single, Whataya Want From Me, is pretty decent and if it catches on it could save his bacon, but realistically I think it’s pretty much *got* to be a huge hit to turn things around for him.

  11. Adam is on his second single. TFM is a song from a movie soundtrack, not considered his “single” from the standpoint of his album. I think artists relleasing multiple songs at once isn’t too strange. Gaga release Bad Romance while Paparazzi was still climbing. And Carrie Underwood released two within a few weeks?

    But back to Danny. If the country world embraces him, he can be big. The country community is very supportive of its artists. I think Danny has a good voice. He just needs the right songs for it.

  12. Danny sounds fantastic and sublime; if this were a single I would pick it up. Man, that kid can really, really sing

    I agree that Danny can really sing. I think that this vocal performance of “O Holy Night” is a very strong vocal performance. :)

  13. Danny sings great on OHN. I find the lyrics of ‘My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” a bit corny for my taste.

  14. Danny does look VERY nice in that picture, very cute in fact. His voice sounds good on O Holy Night, it’s just not a song I like much, too religious.

  15. I love listening to Danny sing. Danny is the only one of the top four who hadn’t dabbled in the entertainment industry before trying out for Idol. I would consider him to be the “discovery” of the season.

  16. I love the cover and the title. Danny looks really good. O Holy Night is Danny at his finest. USA Today is to Danny what MTV and EW are to Kris, Adam and Allison. I am thankful he has someone in his corner.

    An intimate Danny Gokey performance of ‘O Holy Night’  is now available on USA Today’s website usatoday.com. For a limited time during the holiday season, this video can be viewed on the home page or Life or Idol Chatter sections. (Links: http://www.usatoday.com/life/default.htm orwww.idolchatter.usatoday.com.)

    Wednesday’s issue of USA Today, the nation’s largest newspaper with a total print circulation of 1.9 million, will highlight Danny, the cover of his debut album and spotlight his ‘O Holy Night’  special online performance.

    http://askjimmycarter.blogspot.com/

  17. I don’t hate the cover, but there’s nothing interesting about it either (which is basically my response to Danny as a singer as well)

    Meanwhile, Danny’s single is currently #205 on the overall iTunes chart and #25 (!!) on the iTunes country chart — so that’s good news for him.

  18. danny looks very nice in that picture.
    see gokey fans? i can give the guy a compliment!!

    LOL, Jim. But did it cause you pain? That’s always the test, you know ;) . I do think that’s a really nice cover. And I think MJ is right that a pic like that will have people go, “Oh, yeah! That’s the guy from Idol.” People like my mom and sister who loved him but now have forgotten he existed… I’m sure many Idol watchers are like that.

    Very nice O Holy Night, that’s my favorite Christmas song.

  19. Hmm, you know, I liked that enough that it’s like… downloadable. My iPod I swear has been taken over by Idols. It’s because I know what’s going on with all of them because of this blog!

  20. Jimmy Carter, the Nashville entertainment writer who posted about Danny tonight in the article monte mentioned, was at the Sony event where Danny did O Holy Night and a set of his new songs early last week. He came away saying this on his blog a few days ago.

    “A mini private concert Monday night for a few dozen folks at RCA records Nashville…American Idol finalist turned country singer Danny Gokey performed..WOW .. what a voice! ..great songs..first single “My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me” is a hit! Another by Kara the idol judge was great ..another by hit song writer jeffrey steele fantastic …all his songs seem to have a positive message and this guy can sing.. sort of the male carrie underwood! No one that I’ve ever seen in my time here came with that much power in his voice…

    [ in reference to early radio play after Danny’s formal ‘add’ date ] His new song debuted strong first week..right behind the new one by Ms Underwood…”

    In addition to his being so impressed by Danny, nice for Kara that her song for Danny is getting generally very positive feedback from fans of Danny and media peeps. The “jeffrey steele” song is Tiny Life, which was posted here at mj’s from one of the radio tour stops, and is very popular. My local country DJ just raved about it after hearing it when Danny visited their station, and felt it could be a big country hit.

  21. In addition to Danny, he liked the song Kara wrote for Danny’s album also. Nice for her that her song for Danny is getting generally very nice feedback from fans of Danny and media peeps.

    Man, poor Kris. I think Kara owes him a decent song after that NOBO fiasco. Sounds like Kara did well with Danny and the song she wrote with Adam, Strut, is one of my favorites on his album.

  22. The cover is nice and Danny looks really handsome but I don’t like his cover of OHN. It sounds awful IMO. It is all over the place. Danny is trying too hard. I like his single though. The best OHN is still Archie then J-Hud and then Carrie. Archie and J-Hud especially made you feel it. I think Danny will do fairly well on the country charts. Who knows, he may be the Daughtry of last season. I was hoping it was Allison but that didn’t happen, she still has time. She just needs a hit.

  23. Wednesday’s issue of USA Today, the nation’s largest newspaper with a total print circulation of 1.9 million, will highlight Danny, the cover of his debut album and spotlight his ‘O Holy Night’  special online performance.

    Well that sounds pretty exciting! I will have to pick up a copy tomorrow. I’m so pleased that a lot of Danny’s fans who aren’t part of the online AI world will probably see this. And people who didn’t watch AI who are curious enough to watch the video above will find a nice surprise. I love that video, I wish I could buy it from iTunes. Love the album cover too, he looks so cute.

  24. The cover is nice and Danny looks really handsome but I don’t like his cover of OHN. It sounds awful IMO. It is all over the place. Danny is trying too hard.

    Danny really blew the walls off the place when I saw him do this song in the country bar last Weds. I was impressed watching him do it live how in control of it Danny was, even when he was taking it up with full power. His voice has such a natural sound for the most part, sometimes his delivery gets taken for granted.

    Seems from the media reactions that it was the same at the Sony party. My favorite blog about Danny out of Nashville in the past few days was the one who was wondering if he is “too good” a singer to be in country. Ha.

  25. I read that blog too, about Danny being “too good” of a singer for country. Interesting analysis from a country purist.

    At any rate, I think that this is a pitch perfect and masterfully sung version; and I find Danny’s connection to and passion for this song really moving.

    The album cover is quite nice; simple, yet highlights his natural, masculine good looks.

  26. That’s a sweet picture. I really think Danny looks cute! Out of the four, he actually looks the cutest on his cover.

    ETA: Haha, I’ve noticed that when I say nice things about him I call him Danny and when I say mean things about him I call him Gokey. It’s not even a purposeful decision, either.

  27. I am not even a Danny fan, but I must say his version of this song was beautiful!!! Can anyone download it for me so I can put it on my mp3 player. I loved it. Thanks!

  28. @Daniel B

    What? Adam’s album is doing well and it will go gold soon(sales are roughly 360,000 right now) and his airplay is going great too. I don’t think you should dismiss Adam like that when Danny is not doing better.

  29. Hate Danny. Love that video. Damn…might I really have to buy some of his songs? :0

  30. It’s cool how Danny’s album title is “My Best Days”… the first half of his single title, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.” Maybe Adam should’ve done that…just named his album “For Your” :P

  31. I admire Danny a lot. (In spite of well, many things.) I hope all goes well for him. I like the album title, very fitting considering all he has been through.

    I noticed someone posting that “My Best Days…” is a hit? Maybe a bit premature, but hey I guess we’ll see! Could very well be!

  32. Kris still wins the album cover sweepstakes. That was a work of art. So far, Adam’s actual album is the best. Good luck to Danny in his country music mode.

  33. OHN is my favorite Christmas song and this is my favorite version! I said the other day that Danny HAS to do a Christmas album, and I believe that he will. I just don’t want to wait! Danny has such a powerful voice. Just beautiful!

    Oh, and I like the album cover, too. Nice picture!

  34. OHN is also a favorite and I couldn’t wait for him to STOP singing. I’m not a fan of the album artwork. It looks a little bit pop-ish. This is supposed to be country music? I’m not seeing it.

    As for the mention of Kara writing a song for Gokey, she did: NoBo. It was clearly written with him and the runner up in mind and not Kris’s more modest range.

  35. riaspark17
    “Hate Danny. Love that video. Damn’ ¦might I really have to buy some of his songs? :0”
    …Are you serious….buy his music…remember he’s the guy that tried to destroy Adam on AI with the “Green guy” pic…scum ball he is……….

  36. The song we are referring to as Kara writing for Danny is “I Still Believe”, written for his album- a very bluesy number. Sounds very good on the acoustic version I heard. But many people do widely believe she wrote NoBo for Danny.

    I don’t think Oh Holy Night was supposed to be “country”; it was sung because it is the Holidays and he gave a mini concert for some Nashville entertainment execs and Sony people.

    Although those country people sure loved it, from Jimmy Carter’s (entertainment writer in Nashville) blog and from the applause from the critics after.

  37. I’m pretty much the anti-Gokey, but this is a beautiful version of O Holy Night. He started out a little tentatively but gained confidence and strength. Great job, Danny, and good luck with the CD.

  38. OHN is my favorite Christmas song and this is my favorite version! I said the other day that Danny HAS to do a Christmas album, and I believe that he will. I just don’t want to wait! Danny has such a powerful voice. Just beautiful!

    Oh, and I like the album cover, too. Nice picture!

    I totally agree! I hope we have a Danny Christmas album next year. It should be gorgeous.

  39. OMG!! Can we download OHN by Danny? That was BEAUTIFUL!!! Such passion and emotion put into that.

    Love the album cover…can’t wait to get my hands on his CD.

  40. Danny did OHN justice. Nice. I agree with the person who raved about J-Hud’s version, as well. She tore the roof off the church.

  41. Danny did OHN justice. Nice. I agree with the person who raved about J-Hud’s version, as well. She tore the roof off the church.

    I missed Jennifer’s version, but I’m sure it’s awesome….girl can sing! She was my favorite that season..such a powerful singer.

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  43. Meh…I got through about 1 minute of listening to him preach at me in his single before I stopped listening and I made it through 2 minutes of that OHN video before all I could think about when he was going for “big or sustained notes” was that he looks like he’s trying to take a really big dump. His voice is okay, but honestly if he becomes the big breakout star of Season 8, I’ll probably crap myself. I cannot possibly envision him outselling Adam, Kris or Allison. I personally think that most of the country music fanatics will see him as a poser. Mainly cause, seriously, if there was a finalist with potential to go realistically country, it was Kris not Danny. Best of luck to him, but I don’t see any sorta long term “super” success coming from what I’ve seen/heard of him so far.

  44. I cannot possibly envision him outselling Adam, Kris or Allison.

    I can see him outselling Allison, definitely. Maybe Kris. Very slim chance of him outselling Adam, but… it’s possible! (btw this is on the album front, which is what matters most sales-wise)

  45. I can see him outselling Allison, definitely. Maybe Kris. Very slim chance of him outselling Adam, but’ ¦ it’s possible! (btw this is on the album front, which is what matters most sales-wise)

    I suppose it’s not out of the question, him outselling Allison, I’d still be pretty shocked if he outsold Kris. I think it’d be crazy talk to think he has a shot at outselling Adam. I know plenty of people want to consider Adam a flop, but for a first album, it’s holding it’s own, especially with WWFM gaining a lot of support in recent weeks. I really do wish Danny plenty of luck with everything, but talent aside, he comes off as a bit insincere in everything I see him do. Which is just my opinion as a pretty neutral observer most days, no love but no hate either for the dude. This may sound bad and it has absolutely no evidence to back it up, it’s just a vibe I feel. But you know when someone kinda gives you the creeps? That’s what he does to me, I kinda feel like somewhere down the road there will be a Danny sex scandal or something “shocking”. But something actually shocking, not like Adam being gay, or the whole AMA thing, something that his hardcore followers will be like OMG, really? I hope my vibe is wrong, but that’s what I get outta him. But, best of luck to Danny, he won’t be getting my 10 or 13 dollars for an album sale, but I think the kid has an appeal to many and he has singing talent.

  46. I wouldn’t be surprised if Danny outsold Kris as Danny has hardcore devoted fans that have stayed with him. He also hasn’t had much promo other than grass-roots promo so really his official campaign for new fans hasn’t begun.

    I think Adam will outsell Danny initially but I’m not so sure in the longterm as I think Adam presently has a youthful appeal about him. I’m not so sure how that translates over time.

  47. This may sound bad and it has absolutely no evidence to back it up, it’s just a vibe I feel. But you know when someone kinda gives you the creeps? That’s what he does to me

    Oh honey, did you watch Idolatry last season? You have probably got Kristen Baldwin stuck in your head snarling “creepy widower”. One of the things on my “bucket list” is to step into a slow elevator in a highrise on the ground floor with her, and if I can’t make her cry by the time we get to the 24rth floor, I will turn in my bitch badge to the nearest field office and be done with it.

    I appreciate you sharing your feelings so openly and with eloquence. I am a big fan of both Adam and Danny. I have been watching them both very closely for months now, and I think I have a pretty good measure of their strengths and weaknesses and of their characters. I think that they are both good men. We’re talking about Danny, so I’ll address him specifically. He makes me think of that saying, “what would you try if you knew that you couldn’t fail?”. He has fears just like the rest of us, but they don’t hold him back. He has been subject to one of the most outrageous campaigns of hate, from people who actually could not care less about him but just need to pump up passion to get hits on their sites (I am not talking about MJ, I do think she has integrity) that I can imagine. But I invite you to look at what he says and more importantly what he does. Res Ipsa Loquitur- the thing speaks for itself. He is not the most eloquent person that I have ever run across in my life, but when people twist his words to imagine a bad intention, it has never been supported by subsequent evidence. That’s my opinion on the matter. I have grown quite fond of him over time, and I don’t think that there are going to be any scandals. I think he wants to build his career, help people with his foundation, and fall in love again and have children and enjoy his family. That’s what I think he will do.

  48. I love OHN, but for me the best version ever was sung by Mahalia Jackson – I have tears in my eyes whenever I listen to it.

  49. Justin8602
    I am unhappy for two reasons: 1) you are going to make me defend Danny, even though he outlasted my girl in one of her best nights with one of his worst nights; and 2) many people have that “vibe” about Danny, even though is completely unsubstantiated.

    he comes off as a bit insincere in everything I see him do.

    This is hard to argue when it is an impression. I think he just wants people to understand his train of thought, and that’s pretty difficult in general, and even more difficult in this “soundbyte” era. You will come off better if you go straight to the point and only go deeper if asked.

    This may sound bad and it has absolutely no evidence to back it up, it’s just a vibe I feel. But you know when someone kinda gives you the creeps?

    Maybe the problem is your creep-ometer. True, the pimping of his wife was too much, and he should not have allowed it. But, I attribute this to being naive. Notice that he doesn’t talk about her anymore, and I am sure he would love to.

    I kinda feel like somewhere down the road there will be a Danny sex scandal or something ‘shocking’ . But something actually shocking, not like Adam being gay, or the whole AMA thing, something that his hardcore followers will be like OMG, really?

    After what happened with Tiger Woods, anything is possible about anyone. I am happy that I got to enjoy TW’s accomplishments, even though I will not in the future. Until Danny comes up with his “scandal”, I am not going to worry about it.
    The guy lost his wife who, by all accounts, he loved deeply. He rose from the ashes in a way few would have, and is living his and his wife’s dream of making a living out of music. How all these unsubstantiated “vibes” are able to trump his remarkable character and unlikely journey baffles me to no end.

  50. LOL! Danny has been accused of being arrogant, competitive, etc, etc, but now a future child molester or something……IDK.

    If anything, I think his image lacks for interest because he is so uncomplicated, innocent, and an open book. That is one reason he gets bashed, he says whats on his mind, and many in our world have just become cynical (me included in many aspects) and don’t believe he means what he says.

    I agree with Josie, the guy walks the talk; is growing his foundation by the day, continues to do charity work even as he is so busy with his career. And openly admits he just wants to love again and have children. Its kind of telling that even his “enemies” who have met him (Slezak) find it hard to dislike him.

    IDK about Danny outselling anyone, but I hope he is successful enough to have a career in this business so we can hear more of his awesome voice and music.

  51. I have met Danny and he is one of the sweetest and most sincere guys I have ever met. Love the album cover and the title and that version of O Holy Night is one of the best I have heard. I don’t know how many albums he will sell but from the five songs I have heard, looks to me that Danny’s debut album is going to be good music which is what he promised his fans. Can’t ask for more than that.

  52. Hey at least his album cover is better that AL’s.

    What may matter most, and what was already stated up-thread, is that he’s easily recognizable on that cover, which is the most important thing coming out so late after the season ended. I also think he’ll benefit from not getting caught up with the “Kradison” trifecta. Given the lukewarm numbers of those three, he may have the last laugh in the end! (And I say that as somebody who rooted for Adam, Kris and Allison — and couldn’t stand Danny — during the season.)

  53. I don’t know enough about country to make sales predictions. And I’m not really a fan of “uplifting” music but I do like Danny’s voice alot and wish him well.

    Danny is not a douche who used his wife’s death for advancement though. He is a sincere guy if somewhat socially clueless. He’s also a bit of a clown and really isn’t particularly uptight even if he is very religious (at least that’s my take on someone I don’t actually know.)

  54. People really should consider also most (all?)of the AI segments in which Danny mentioned his wife, were filmed before the season even began, weren’t they? Hollywood Week was two months before the show was broadcast, in Nov 08 when Danny by his own account was still pretty severely grief-stricken. I remember reading somewhere that in Dec that year, he drove around to Nashville and some other places to get away from Milwaukee and take his mind off losing his wife.
    I really doubt Danny was so savvy as to be thinking when answering questions put to him by AI producers, whether someone months later would be getting their jollies on Idolatry claiming he was “pimping” his wife for votes through the answers to those questions about Sophia. That would also require a degree of cynicism that doesn’t seem to be part of Danny’s makeup.
    At that point in time, he was probably just trying to get through day to day, both personally and through the rounds of competition without worrying about what would show up on tv so much later. Really, in Hollywood Week and the other early rounds he couldn’t have been sure he’d ever get to the point where the audience votes were even at play. Had he realized he’d be subjected to the kinds of attacks he took about it, maybe Danny would have chosen to take his hits though, as understandably he’s wanted to honor the memory of his wife. Competition’s not everything to everyone. I still remember how extremely relieved Danny was when he was voted off, to be able to talk without the pressure of holding back things he had intense feelings about.

  55. He has been subject to one of the most outrageous campaigns of hate, from people who actually could not care less about him

    This is absolutely true, and they’re mostly done by Adam lovers who are jealous of Danny’s popularity. I’ve watched all except two seasons of AI, and Danny has taken more crap and ignored it than any other person.

    It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he outsells all of the Idols from this season and already his song is gaining spins and selling in the country market without much promotion.

  56. Album Cover: Pretty good if generic IMO. I like the colors, Danny looks good. Fitting album title.

    O Holy Night: I guess I’m just not that big into Danny’s artistic choices because while he sang it well I didn’t like the embellishments and didn’t feel the awe that I’ve felt when I’ve heard other versions of that song.

    Sincerity: I do not doubt Danny’s sincerity as a person despite my feelings about him trying to make it in country music. I agree with jpfan that he is somewhat socially clueless and I’d extend that to somewhat musically clueless. I think it’ll take a few years before he finds the right genre for himself and starts developing music that’s right for that genre. Musically his best days will come IMO after people stop trying to shove him into country music.

  57. By his own words Danny has said contestants should have Media 101 before they open their mouths to a microphone. His early interviews where just naà ¯ve. Who of us is experienced enough to know what to say when a microphone is shoved in your face. His recent interviews are much more polished. As for creepo meter, this is something I also worried about early on. But what some are reading as insincere or creepy I am seeing as naà ¯ve and sheltered. He grew up in a large family without a lot of financial support. Even after he married, he drove a truck and worked for the church. Not a lot of money in either profession; or a lot of sophistication there. When you grow up like that you have a tendency to view the world through very rose colored glasses and not realize that there are people out there who are going to take advantage of you and vilify you for your beliefs and opinions.

    As for Danny talking about his wife, I believe this is his method of grieving. He can’t stop. He has to give her short life some meaning. Some reason it was taken so quickly. And what is so terribly bad about trying to use his music to make the world a better place. Bono does it and we are all happy. I am not comparing Danny to Bono, so don’t jump on me. All I am saying is that if his music, back-story, inspiration, etc. helps one person in the dark who is in pain and suffering, then what is the harm?

    I have met Danny and I was shocked at how nice and caring he is. He remembered me and was genuinely sweet to me. I had the opportunity to talk to his handler and his handler’s first words were that Danny was completely serious about SHF. Music may be his profession but helping people is his passion.

    I wish Danny amazing success with his single and then his CD. Will he outsell the other idol, who knows? Does it really matter? I bought ALL Season 8 CDs currently available and have pre-ordered Danny’s. Good music is good music.

  58. I certainly hope Danny’s CD does well, as I would like to see all the Idols who record an album be successful with it. While he’s very definitely not my cuppa, my guess is his album will depend on quality of content. If he sings good songs well, it should sell. As to whether he might outsell all, some or even any other AI8 alumni, I’d rather leave that to the facts of time than to the imagination of wishes.

  59. conchcast, great post. I’d only differ in that I think music is also clearly a real passion for Danny, both for its own sake and a way of communicating with and reaching out to people. Although I’m sure he was devoted to his church, he wouldn’t have been driving for hours every week to run the music program at two churches (on top of his day job driving the semi-truck) for years and years, had he not loved music with a real commitment to it for its own sake.

    I’m sure his church had plenty of other, easier ways that he could have served instead of that, had he not found a real joy in singing and leading others in music. You can see that also in the relationship with his guitar player, Def Santiago (who’s in the OHN video, too), as they came out of the same music environment together. Def projects a very dynamic, joy-filled vibe on stage that works really well up there with Danny. Easy to imagine them going around together at church environments in their previous days.

  60. I agree that it was perfectly normal for Danny to talk about his wife during the competition. I would have thought it was odd if he tried to cover it up. That is not healthy for grieving. Although a few people might have been more likely to vote for him because of his loss, just as many if not more wouldn’t vote for him. It is sometimes human nature to think bad things don’t happen to good people, even though they do all the time.
    It is not the contestant’s fault, if people vote for them for something other than their singing or musical skills.

  61. Danny will do just fine. He has surrounded himself with some the best talents working in Country music today. For a new artist, it was a huge score to secure Mark Bright as his producer. And Danny is off to a great start with the sale of his single – considering it has yet had any big, national promotion, or any video or album available yet. Danny’s advantages – he was not rushing to put an album during the tour. In Mar, he won’t be competing with a flood of Idol products in the market. And coming back to debut his album on AI Season 9 will be a huge platform. In Mar, they would have only started the Top 10.

  62. It is not the contestant’s fault, if people vote for them for something other than their singing or musical skills.

    That’s true. But I for one would be happier if we had never known about Danny’s wife or any backstories on the other contestants for that matter. If we had to vote based on abilities and appearances alone, results might be a little more logical occasionally. Unfortunately, with all the info floating around these days that would never be possible.

  63. I wish Danny a lot of success with the album. That being said, however, O Holy Night for me is one of the most moving Christmas songs (my favorite one), and is one of those tunes that I just don’t like anyone messing with. It’s a beautiful melody, and I like it done straight up, with emotion, not with runs and other liberties. So he lost me early on with the first run and I didn’t listen beyond that. Simple is best for me when it comes to this song, JMO though.

  64. Contestants often have backstage stories – that is nothing new on AI. As I recall, they hardly mentioned Danny’s wife once they got into the Top 13. As I also recall, there was a teenage contestant from a few seasons back whose father had died right before the auditions. Really nice girl, but she never made it to the Top 10. The thing is, 10 people from the Top 13 had to be eliminated before Danny. Voters may have given him a pass for a couple of weeks (as they did with Meagan). But I honestly don’t think most people would have continuously voted for him for over 2 mos to keep him in the competition – if the guy didn’t have a good voice and couldn’t sing.

  65. Well, it looks like him. His label isn’t going for unique. Welcome to Nashville.

  66. Danny isn’t going to outsell anybody else from season 8 except for maybe Allison, and even that might not happen. His hardcore fanbase isn’t that big online. It’s the same 10-20 people on all the sites. The “buzz” outside the AI bubble isn’t much different than Phil Stacey’s reception into country: lots of djs saying nice things about what a nice guy he is, but very shallow casual support. Like Danny, he “converted” to country when he really should have been doing CCM from the beginning. I keep hearing there’s this large fanbase offline and I suspect it’s a case of “if I keep saying it over and over, people will think it’s true.” Because I don’t see the proof of some silent Danny majority.

    And for people thinking Mark Bright is the be all and end all of signs Danny’s been “accepted,” keep in mind ALL the high finishing AIers on their first albums scored major producers. Major labels pair you with major producers. It’s nothing special for Danny.

    I suspect he’ll be one and done with RCA Nashville and then go on to record for that Dream Center place, like Sarver.

    As far as OHN goes, he’s a country artist now and still singing songs like he’s singing r&b. There is a difference in style but Danny doesn’t seem to care. He sings “country” for his album songs and then reverts to form for his covers and Christmas songs. Interesting…

  67. He sings ‘country’  for his album songs and then reverts to form for his covers and Christmas songs. Interesting’ ¦

    Danny doesn’t have enough musical knowledge to know the difference between country and other musical genres. He’s just singing notes on a page as directed by his producer. And he has a very nice voice but he doesn’t have a clue what to do with it once he is out of the reaches of his peeps…and this doesn’t bode well for his future success.

    As much as a lot of folks would love to see Danny succeed….he will get his nice little AI push and then he will fall off of the radar. You can’t keep the music flowing when you need someone else to tell you how to sing as well as what to sing. Danny will have one album and then he will just move on to Christian music where he should have gone to begin with.

  68. And he has a very nice voice but he doesn’t have a clue what to do with it once he is out of the reaches of his peeps’ ¦

    I couldn’t disagree with you more. When I saw Danny live, I was struck by just how good his musical instincts are, and it seemed to me that others around me felt the same way. To me, he really knows how to improvise well in a song. He is a really good singer!

    I have no idea how well Danny’s album will sell, or if he will have another country album after the first. I, personally, think the album will do reasonably well because the music that I have heard has been solid.

  69. Niall
    Danny isn’t going to outsell anybody else from season 8 except for maybe Allison, and even that might not happen. His hardcore fanbase isn’t that big online. It’s the same 10-20 people on all the sites. The ‘buzz’  outside the AI bubble isn’t much different than Phil Stacey’s reception into country: lots of djs saying nice things about what a nice guy he is, but very shallow casual support. Like Danny, he ‘converted’  to country when he really should have been doing CCM from the beginning. I keep hearing there’s this large fanbase offline and I suspect it’s a case of ‘if I keep saying it over and over, people will think it’s true.’  Because I don’t see the proof of some silent Danny majority

    Well said, I totally agree with you. Adam and Kris were outselling Danny during the season and there is no proof that shows he has a big fan base. It seems to me that some Danny fans are living in the fantasy land.

  70. Anyone who knows country knows it is undergoing a revolution just like Rock and Roll did in the 80s and 90s with the infusions of different style. Danny sounds just as country (more ) than Taylor Swift who cleaned up this year in awards.

    Time will tell whether country welcomes Danny’s unique style and R&B influence on country but from this blurb written under the auspices of the Grandmother of all Country- The Grand Ole Opry, it certainly appears they welcome infusions of other styles!

    From:
    http://www.opry.com/MeetTheOpry/MeetTheOpry.aspx

    Many of those ‘Opry Moments’  are the result of
    country music’s new stars, superstars and legends
    taking the same stage on the same night performing
    a wide variety of musical styles. During any given
    Opry show, audiences can expect the best in country,
    bluegrass, comedy, gospel, and more performed by
    Country Music Hall of Famers, Opry members who
    helped establish the Opry as the home of country
    music, revered superstars, and rising
    rookies just starting to make names for
    themselves. ‘The Grand Ole Opry celebrates
    the diversity of all the musical styles under
    the country music umbrella. In addition, the
    Opry presents the many generations of
    artists who have formed country music’s rich
    legacy and continues to forge its future
    course,’  says Opry General Manager, Pete
    Fisher. ‘The key to the Opry’s longevity can
    be attributed to its ability to evolve with the
    ever-changing musical landscape of
    the times.’ 

    I think that says it all. Country will be lucky to have Danny.

  71. I think that says it all. Country will be lucky to have Danny.

    They don’t need him, he needs them.

  72. I think Nashville is a great place for Danny to be. He easily can inject gospel into country but really gospel has always been a big part of country music.

    Haven’t the record labels been saying that they haven’t had a country male voice like Danny’s for sometime. Since Ronnie Milsaap(sp)? Sounds like there is a place for Danny there and one where he can be his unique self.

  73. Its pretty funny how Danny gets criticized both coming and going; every which way.

    Some accuse him of just singing what’s put in front of him, with no artistry; and some criticize him for doing what he wants -putting too much of his own R&B, gospel into country or putting too much interpretation into Oh Holy Night.

    But that is the mark of a dynamic entertainer, people have strong feelings about them; they inspire passion of one form or another.

    I think OHN Danny style is beautiful in both interpretation and technical ability.

    And his album cover is nice- good pic of him and like MJ noted- he will remind people of who he is.

    His song is holding steady at #24 country Itunes; with no video, no national PR and the album over 2 months away and his radio spins are increasing. He’s doing ok for himself so far.

  74. I don’t see the proof of some silent Danny majority

    It seems to me that some Danny fans are living in the fantasy land.

    His album doesn’t even come out until March, and so I think that either predictions of either gloom and doom or predictions of unprecedented wild success live in the realm of fantasyland, don’t they?

    I think he will do well, especially if they have him on AI to remind all those people who voted for him how much they liked him. I think a bunch of those somebodies will be at their local WalMart and see that handsome face looking at them from that CD cover and pick it up. That’s my hope. Others hope he’ll crash and burn. We will all just have to wait and see.

    I have bought music from all the kids in this batch who have released it thus far. I think they’re all very talented and likeable, and I hope they all do well. I have a particular fondness for Adam and Danny, so I take a special interest in them. I feel good about their future prospects to do what they love to do. Maybe it will be Adam being the champion of the pop charts for years to come and Danny being the king of country. Or maybe they will each develop their own little sub-sub-sub genres with a relatively small but passionate audience who adores them. Either way, I think they’re going to be fine and I’m happy for them for that.

  75. “…but honestly if he becomes the big breakout star of Season 8, I’ll probably crap myself. I cannot possibly envision him outselling Adam, Kris or Allison.”

    Um, it’s almost a given at this point that he will outsell Allison. I like her a lot, but her album is not doing so well. Maybe if she has a monster single come out and become a huge hit, but right now the sales just aren’t rolling in. I can’t envision Danny will sell less than her, in fact I can easily envision him outselling her and still be considered a commercial failure.

    I think he will easily outsell her and probably outsell Kris (though Kris has a strong first single going now and that will hopefully give his album legs). If Adam doesn’t get a strong single then I can’t envision his sales ever getting much beyond gold (I don’t even think he’ll hit gold in the two weeks of Christmas rush left to be accounted for; last week and this week, and after that the sales drop dramatically). None of these goalposts are unbeatable; Danny’s music sounds great to me and I think he’s got the strongest first single by far, so we will see but I certainly don’t see it as impossible that he outsells the other 3.

    “He is not the most eloquent person that I have ever run across in my life, but when people twist his words to imagine a bad intention, it has never been supported by subsequent evidence.”

    Well said, I agree completely. It’s an odd thing because my favorite Idols are Cook and Daughtry, but I don’t feel any sort of need to defend them at any time if they are attacked, but when people attack Danny it feels so completely unjust and cruel to me, mostly because I think he is so innocent and naive that it feels like watching someone beat up an innocent puppy on the street. I actually find myself feeling disgust towards the attacker. Still, Danny has maintained his positive attitude throughout some of the most undeserved attacks I’ve ever seen in Idol history, I admire him for that.

    “…Danny isn’t going to outsell anybody else from season 8 except for maybe Allison, and even that might not happen. His hardcore fanbase isn’t that big online… I keep hearing there’s this large fanbase offline and I suspect it’s a case of ‘if I keep saying it over and over, people will think it’s true.’  Because I don’t see the proof of some silent Danny majority.”

    Hmmm, you could be right, but I doubt it. I’ll bet you a dollar… ;) But yeah, this same argument occurs to me when I see Adam fans posting that even though the US sales are underwhelming that there are millions and millions of international fans out there that are buying his album in droves outside the US. I would love to see any statistics backing that up, in the meantime I will maintain a healthy skepticism. So I understand your skepticism on Danny’s ‘silent fans’, it’s kind of the same thing. In both cases, time will tell when the album sales numbers come in…

  76. Time will tell whether country welcomes Danny’s unique style and R&B influence on country but from this blurb written under the auspices of the Grandmother of all Country- The Grand Ole Opry, it certainly appears they welcome infusions of other styles!

    The Opry has changed as much as the Country music genre itself. Danny will be performing on it, but that would have never happened in past generations. Then it was extremely rare for anybody to be invited to perform on the Opry who didn’t have at least a couple of years of successful Country recording and performing under his/her belt. Now it’s not unusual for mere pretenders of the genre to be invited to perform. All it takes is the “right” recording label. The unique and singular honor that used to be attached to an Opry invitation, let alone membership, is no more.

  77. The Opry has changed as much as the Country music genre itself. Danny will be performing on it, but that would have never happened in past generations. Then it was extremely rare for anybody to be invited to perform on the Opry who didn’t have at least a couple of years of successful Country recording and performing under his/her belt. Now it’s not unusual for mere pretenders of the genre to be invited to perform. All it takes is the ‘right’  recording label. The unique and singular honor that used to be attached to an Opry invitation, let alone membership, is no more.

    That’s good for Danny, right?

  78. His song is holding steady at #24 country Itunes; with no video, no national PR and the album over 2 months away and his radio spins are increasing. He’s doing ok for himself so far.

    I agree. Danny’s doing okay right now. He doesn’t have an incredibly high ranking on the overall Itunes chart right now, but he doesn’t have a horrible ranking. And being ranked #24 on the country charts is a decent ranking for that chart.

    Danny’s online fanbase, isn’t as large as the online fanbases of Adam and Kris. He does have fans on the internet, more than 10-20 who have been supporting him and buying his music. But his online fanbase isn’t as large as some of the others. I do think that he has a big offline fanbase, that will hopefully buy his single once it gets more exposure and album when it comes out.

    Also I think that Danny has the chance to pull in a lot new fans. The radio tour has really helped him out, by helping him get a lot of adds, and helping his song get played on the radio more. Danny’s spins are continuing to increase and he doubled in spins last week from the week before. If his airplay continues to increase he will get more exposure and gain more fans, who will purchase his music.

    Plus he hasn’t had an sort of national exposure so far, unlike Kris and Adam who have both had a lot of national promotion/opportunities. They have been on Ellen, Letterman, etc… Danny’s been doing more low key promotion like singing at clubs and in parades. When he starts to get some national exposure that will help him out.

    I think that it’s too early to call Danny a failure in Country music already, especially since he hasn’t had any national exposure.

  79. there is no proof that shows he has a big fan base. It seems to me that some Danny fans are living in the fantasy land.

    Oh, I think there is proof. Who were all those screaming fans on tour? Besides the two WI concerts where Danny received the best reception of anyone, he had great reception everywhere else also. In fact, according to observers (non-fans even) he often had the second loudest applause after Adam.

    Who were all the people voting him never in the bottom until he left? Who were the people who saved him after “Scream On”? You could argue they were casual fans (perhaps that is why Kris’s album isn’t selling; he had a lot of casual fans- maybe Danny will be the same) and won’t show up to buy the album; we will see. He doesn’t need ardent fans (like me, lol!) yakking on the net; he only needs fans who will be interested in picking up that album.

    The real fantasyland is here on the web on these blogs. Internet Detractors say Danny will be booed on tour, Danny won’t get a record deal, 19 won’t be interested in being involved with Danny, etc, etc.
    Danny has proved them wrong every time.

  80. As far as OHN goes, he’s a country artist now and still singing songs like he’s singing r&b. There is a difference in style but Danny doesn’t seem to care. He sings ‘country’  for his album songs and then reverts to form for his covers and Christmas songs. Interesting’ ¦

    Sorry but this really doesn’t track for me with any honest listening to Danny’s new songs. His label and Mark Bright are backing Danny in what seems to be his own mix of “soul country.” There are five new songs out, three of which sound pretty well country to me (in a twangless way), the other two are distinctly bluesy. Either way, every single one of them has the same type of soulful vocals as Danny did on AI, and that we hear on the OHN video that’s running now. Like it or not, and some won’t — it’s definitely Danny and his fans are having no trouble recognizing it as such. When I saw him do all five of those songs at a country western club in front of some hundreds of country fans, they loved it and loved Danny. He may trip over some resistance down the road, but so far really there is no evidence of it — speculation or ill-wishing to the side.

    Danny is doing quite well so far, picking up a decent amount of country airplay and placing into the top 30 on iTunes country chart where he’s holding for now. I took at look at who’s above him — it’s a pretty incredible list of top country artists / recent CMA winners and quite a few top hit songs. If he can hold in that company with the slow-build promo campaign plan they are following, he’s got nothing to be complaining about.

    1. Need You Now ‘“ Lady Antebellum
    2. Cowboy Casanova ‘“ Carrie Underwood
    3. You Belong With Me ‘“ Taylor Swift
    4. American Honey ‘“ Lady Antebellum
    5. Fifteen ‘“ Taylor Swift
    6. Hillbilly Bone (feat. Trace Adkins) ‘“ Blake Shelton
    7. The Truth ‘“ Jason Aldean
    8. Toes ‘“ Zac Brown Band
    9. White Liar ‘“ Miranda Lambert
    10. Big Green Tractor ‘“ Jason Aldean
    11. Love Story ‘“ Taylor Swift
    12. Southern Voice ‘“ Tim McGraw
    13. This Is Our Time ‘“ Kenny Chesney
    14. Do I ‘“ Luke Bryan
    15. Why Don’t We Just Dance ‘“ Josh Turner
    16. Consider Me Gone ‘“ Reba McEntire
    17. I Run to You ‘“ Lady Antebellum
    18. Eight Second Ride ‘“ Jake Owen
    19. Red Light ‘“ David Nail
    20. Then ‘“ Brad Paisley
    21. History In the Making ‘“ Darius Rucker
    22. Chicken Fried ‘“ Zac Brown Band
    23. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes ‘“ Dierks Bentley
    24. Alright ‘“ Darius Rucker
    25. I’m Alive (With Dave Matthews) ‘“ Kenny Chesney
    26. People Are Crazy ‘“ Billy Currington

    Whatever peeps think here, Danny and his team are pretty confident where they are at in their game plan. Danny is not rushing around chasing appearances to worry over short-term sales, he’s home in Milwaukee and pretty much on vacation. Other than singing at the Packers game on Sunday, from any appearances he’s got some down time until his radio tour picks up again with a swing through Florida the week of January 4th.

    Brian Mansfield wrote in his USA Today blog out of Nashville that in country terms, the optimal situation is for Danny to have a single peak about the time his album comes out, and that could build over an extended period the way the country music world operates. Danny’s album is not due until March (happily for those of us who like Danny’s music, we’re now hearing “early” March). They seem to have a pretty good strategy of gradually amping things up toward that time, with plans for Danny to be on AI9 and presumably any number of other higher-visibility platforms to support his album when the time comes for that. In the meantime, the radio tour is still workings its way around the country, and Danny’s appearance at the Opry on Jan 8th will be a nice milestone for him into his country career. He’s already getting some nice PR within the country world about it, and I expect more if he sings at anything close to his abilities.

  81. This is a nice quote from Danny from one of the Nashville writers who interviewed him this month as he was finishing the primary recording for his album.

    This holiday season, when he hasn’t been working on his new album, Danny has been Christmas shopping for his family in Milwaukee. “I have 14 nieces and nephews,” says Danny, who has five siblings. “I never had money in the past. I worked hard, worked two jobs for three years of my life while I was married. I worked at least 60-80 hours a week, and no matter how much I worked, there was not a lot of money, but this year is different. I’ve kind of walked into a realm where it’s paid off for all the hard work that I’ve put into it, and I get to bless my family. And that’s the one thing I love doing. I love giving. I love giving to people, especially when it’s my family. They love me unconditionally. So I can’t wait to get gifts for all my family, and for all my little nieces and nephews. I love seeing their faces.”

    I think I saw that there’s actual a little nephew or niece #15 on the way. (Assuming no twins! Lol.)

  82. Danny has a small group of fans on his fansites. Those are the hardcore fans. Since they use the same screennames at TWOP and everywhere else, it appears there might be 20, tops going from place to place.
    Obviously he has other fans but there just aren’t very many of them so this idea that there are all these people living in caves just waiting to hear about him doesn’t make sense in the year 2010. Not in the age of a computer in every house, smart phones, and google. If they don’t care enough to google him periodically, they aren’t going to care in massive numbers to request his song or buy his cd.

    Danny’s MySpace plays are anemic and the view counts for his most recent appearances are small. It’s anecdotal but it’s more concrete than “his fans are all offline and quiet.”

  83. Can’t edit…”view counts for his most recent appearances” is in reference to YouTube.

  84. Niall, I don’t think you can really draw accurate conclusions about Danny’s sales potential by looking at who posts online in support of or about him at AI sites. Articles about Carrie here get almost no commenters normally, yet she’s highly successful of course.

    Frankly a lot of Danny’s fans are very uncomfortable with what they see as the negativity and hatin’ at AI-related sites. As a result, where Danny fans come to sites like this they are much more likely to be lurkers than posters. Quite a few “regular” Danny fans are out there posting pretty happily about him in what they see as “safer” environments though. Danny’s Facebook and Myspace pages, for example, and twitter. Danny’s official website will become another as it adds more content, and after people come back to it after having initially been repulsed by haters/joyriders who threw up a variety of nasty and goofy stuff there the first night it went online. (The mods thankfully have cleaned all that up now.)

    We’ll have to see how things go with Danny’s single and eventual album sales as the RCA campaign plan works its course. I expect him to do pretty well by country standards which is what really will count for his career. Danny was a pretty popular performer on the AI tour and does well in concert venues of all sizes, so I think he can also be successful in the touring part of the music business which is another important component.

  85. Niall, I think your theory has more merit for iTunes sales than it does for the sale of CDs in stores, which I understand still represents most of the market. My husband buys CDs constantly and I am quite certain that he spends no time on youtube or myspace or googling artists. He hears a song he likes on the radio and he buys the CD, that’s about it. I don’t know how country fans would fall across the spectrum of behavior. As I said earlier though, we will have to wait and see.

    I am dying to know though how 20 fervent fans got Danny voted to the Top 3 without ever hitting the bottom 3 until he got voted off. Give it up Dannyfans, I want to know what tricks you have got up your sleeves!!!! ;)

  86. He sings ‘country’  for his album songs and then reverts to form for his covers and Christmas songs. Interesting’ ¦

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    I dunno. Maybe cuz it’s Christmastime? The song is not country, it’s Christmassy. I don’t wanna hear a countrified version of OHN.

    I listened 3x now to his version of OHN. Each time is better to my ear. The ending is epic. Adam eat your heart out. :-)

  87. When it comes right down to it, all of the idol’s online fanbases are relatively small. The online fanbase, even Adam’s, which is very large, can not sustain a performer’s career.

    Another example would be Taylor Hicks. He had a HUGE online fanbase, whereas Chris Daughtry’s seemed that year to be much smaller. I love Taylor, but his huge online fanbase could not make him commercially successful. The online or even offline AI fanbase is not the be all and end all of everything.

    Danny was a popular AI contestant. He was very popular on the AI tour, getting a better reception than the AI winner in several spots according to even some ‘haters”  accounts. I, personally think that Danny has a lot of casual fans, that liked him on AI, but will have to hear ad like his new music in order to go out and buy it.

    But I don’t think that it really matters because it’s going to take a lot more than the American Idol fanbase to really sell a lot of records. He needs to win new fans, and I think he has some good music on his album. Hopefully with increased radio play and possibly a tour as an opening act he can build upon the fanbase that he does have.

    Time will tell the tale, but it’s really too early to say he’s going to be a failure or a success for that matter.

  88. Oh, and as a p.s. to my last post, my husband works in web hosting for a huge company, he is on the computer all day. He’s not a “dinosaur” when it comes to technology. He has this house so automated that it drives me crazy, but I guess that’s a personal problem. ;) My point is that I think it’s difficult to form a defensible hypothesis on how well a particular artist will do based on simple variables, I think it’s a lot more complex than that. It’s quite interesting though.

  89. When it comes right down to it, all of the idol’s online fanbases are relatively small. The online fanbase, even Adam’s, which is very large, can not sustain a performer’s career.

    Another example would be Taylor Hicks. He had a HUGE online fanbase, whereas Chris Daughtry’s seemed that year to be much smaller. I love Taylor, but his huge online fanbase could not make him commercially successful. The online or even offline AI fanbase is not the be all and end all of everything.

    Danny was a popular AI contestant. He was very popular on the AI tour, getting a better reception than the AI winner in several spots according to even some people who did not like him at all. I, personally think that Danny has a lot of casual fans, that liked him on AI, but will have to hear ad like his new music in order to go out and buy it.

    But I don’t think that it really matters because it’s going to take a lot more than the American Idol fanbase to really sell a lot of records. He needs to win new fans, and I think he has some good music on his album. Hopefully with increased radio play and possibly a tour as an opening act he can build upon the fanbase that he does have.

    Time will tell the tale, but it’s really too early to say he’s going to be a failure or a success for that matter.

  90. Well I wouldn’t be surprised if Danny’s Idol fan base was anemic. So is everyone’s fanbase from S8 except for Adam and even his isn’t the monster past seasons have created.

    For some reason, S8 is just not delivering the big initial numbers of years past. We’ll see what the single does and if Danny can sell albums. I can’t predict if he’ll connect or not. In general, the longer the wait from the season to the album, the lower the sales.

    Using Internet fan interest can be very misleading though. It only tells you how many hard core fans someone has. All Idol folk have to cross over to the general audience or they basically flop.

  91. am dying to know though how 20 fervent fans got Danny voted to the Top 3 without ever hitting the bottom 3 until he got voted off. Give it up Dannyfans, I want to know what tricks you have got up your sleeves!!!!

    This is funny, Josiex! :)

  92. am dying to know though how 20 fervent fans got Danny voted to the Top 3 without ever hitting the bottom 3 until he got voted off. Give it up Dannyfans, I want to know what tricks you have got up your sleeves!!!!

    If I’m to be counted as one of the 20, you’ll really have to make it 19, lol!

    I didn’t even vote really until top 5 week, and then only a few times with just one poor little old-school phone. :)

    Maybe we need to take into account, Danny does have a big family. If all those 14 nieces and nephews were given a phone, and they all learned how to text while in diapers — hmm, maybe.

  93. In general, the longer the wait from the season to the album, the lower the sales. Idol fans tend to move on very quickly.

    This is true; and I think that is one reason why Sony Nash is adopting the plan they have been using for Danny. It is aimed way less at mobilizing his AI fans (many still don’t even know he has a single out) and more at slowly introducing him to country fans. They are trying to build a new fan base; not capitalize on the AI one. I think it is a smart move for the long haul; especially for a 3rd place finisher who doesn’t get the big media splash the top two do.

    The online or even offline AI fanbase is not the be all and end all of everything.

    Yes, aek, I definitely agree with you!

    And this is the first year I’ve been involved in fan forums (never even knew they existed even though I watched AI). Yet I certainly bought plenty of music from past contestants.

    I’d also like to comment that I tend to see the same few obsessed detractors post over and over at sites mentioning Danny (as far as someone mentioning only seeing 20 fans of Danny’s post over and over). We can all be obsessed one way or the other, lol.

  94. Thanks aek! I hope you’re doing well and enjoying the holiday season. I am not ready for Christmas yet, in fact I need to get off of here and get out the door to do some errands. But maybe first I’ll watch that video again! I just LOVE that performance. Maybe we’ll have a Christmas album next year, I hope so!

  95. Danny’s fan base seems to be more of the adult variety who tend to buy the music they like when they see it . I think for the most part people don’t spend the majority of their time on line dissecting every word or action that someone makes. Without talking about the board on boards, I think if you look around you will find that there is very little unique variety posting anywhere, how else would we see things coming over from other sites. I thinkif you talk to most of the people in your everyday life you will find miost don’t have a clue that there are even places like the blog boards.

    While at times it gets a little infuriating having to endure the continuing negativity, everyone is entititled to post how they feel and if some of like to post uplifting things about our favorites so be it.

    I beleive Danny will be fine singing the kind of music he is doing and he will find his audience just like each of the other contestants this past year. I think the problem that comes up most often in the critizism I hear most often around the web is from people who really don’t listen to Country music. Yes you can be a country fan but depending on the radio stations that you listen to it will color what you consider country music. Some stations only play what can only be considered “twangy” country and thats what some people consider country. Other stations play more of the more modern “easy listening” country and that is the type that brings in the more urban consumer.

    I see no reason why RCA Nashville would spend the sum of money that they are shelling out for Dannys’ album if they didn’t think he could be a viable Country Artist . The label are very careful nowdays and if they don’t think there is a profit to be made they don’t even try. So if all of the people from 19r/Sony Nashville think enough of Danny’s ability that they would offer him a contract and send hime out on a Radio tour, and do all of the other promotional things that they are doing it’s good enough for me.,especially when they were under no obligation to do so.

  96. I am dying to know though how 20 fervent fans got Danny voted to the Top 3 without ever hitting the bottom 3 until he got voted off.

    Easy. It’s the same way Kris Allen won AI: the people who watch and vote casually are not the same people buying your cd at the end.

    Frankly a lot of Danny’s fans are very uncomfortable with what they see as the negativity and hatin’ at AI-related sites. As a result, where Danny fans come to sites like this they are much more likely to be lurkers than posters. Quite a few ‘regular’  Danny fans are out there posting pretty happily about him in what they see as ‘safer’  environments though. Danny’s Facebook and Myspace pages, for example, and twitter. Danny’s official website will become another as it adds more content, and after people come back to it after having initially been repulsed by haters/joyriders who threw up a variety of nasty and goofy stuff there the first night it went online. (The mods thankfully have cleaned all that up now.)

    Where’s the proof his fans are lurking in massive numbers? There’s no evidence for that, but I keep seeing it said as if it’s fact.

    But the point Niall made still stands. And there’s more evidence behind it than just saying “his fans are lurkers” or “his fans are offline.” His MySpace doesn’t get many hits, based on his myspace plays. This means casual fans aren’t seeking him out in an obvious place. And his hardcore fans are on Twitter, and apparently not large in numbers as despite his thousands of follows I’ve yet to see anything about him or his music trending, despite efforts to do so. The point about MySpace plays and YouTube view counts are much more convincing to me that Danny has a very soft overall fanbase than people assume, 3rd place finish or not.

  97. I don’t think you can really draw accurate conclusions about Danny’s sales potential by looking at who posts online in support of or about him at AI sites. Articles about Carrie here get almost no commenters normally, yet she’s highly successful of course.

    Right after her season Carrie had a RABID online fanbase who commented on everything. It was obvious she had a HUGE fanbase going into the release of her first cd. That is pretty typical in the months post AI for the contestants who are going to break out bigtime. Danny doesn’t seem to have that, I think that’s the point. The explanation that his fans are hiding in massive numbers because of “haters” doesn’t hold water because all the AIers have people who mock them.

  98. They’re doing an interesting series on NPR on the music industry at the end of the decade. This evening they discussed the state of country music. One quote that really jumped out at me, especially when considering whether or not Danny’s fans are anywhere but online, was this:

    Online file-sharing gets much of the blame for the music industry’s woes. But a recent Nielsen survey showed that only about half the nation’s core country-music fans even have Internet access at home.

    It will be interesting to see if Danny can tap into that market, although it’s hard to get shelf space in big box stores these days.

  99. Danny’s going backwards on iTunes now. He’s at #246 overall and #34 on country. The highest I saw him get on the overall chart was #203 (and #25 on the country chart). It’s a little surprising he didn’t break the Top 200 on the initial release (unless I missed this), given that he has a pretty strong fanbase.

    So Will he keep sliding backwards until the holiday freeze is over? Maybe make another push forward when the stations starting spinning the new songs more after Jan. 1 and he gets more promotion?

  100. girlygirl
    Danny’s going backwards on iTunes now. He’s at #246 overall and #34 on country. The highest I saw him get on the overall chart was #203 (and #25 on the country chart). It’s a little surprising he didn’t break the Top 200 on the initial release (unless I missed this), given that he has a pretty strong fanbase.

    That just shows he doesn’t have a strong fanbase. Even Allison’s single did better than that.

  101. That just shows he doesn’t have a strong fanbase. Even Allison’s single did better than that.

    A little perspective please, a quick search of Allison’s appearance (thank you MJ) includes but is not limited to the following:

    Jimmy Kimmel
    Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden
    The Ellen Degeneres Show
    Yahoo Music interview
    MTV and EW Video Interviews
    It’s on with Alexa Chung on MTV
    Good Morning America

    While Danny has been on the radio station tour and playing small venues. Looks like apples to oranges. Considering the lack of national or large city PR push it appears from a layman’s point of view that Danny’s numbers are very respectable. I really believe that the ROI on Danny is much higher than Allison.

  102. I’m not worried about Danny’s single; he’s holding fairly steady and expect more of a push after the holidays are over, he actually gets some publicity and his video comes out.

    I’m not surprised he didn’t enter the top 200 yet (although he got pretty close); you have to be quite high on the country charts to chart top 200 overall; generally top 20- there are less than 20 country artists in the top 200 at this point. At #24 Danny got pretty close.

    Brian Mansfield has said a country single should be peaking about the time their album comes out, so I think he has a little time, lol.

  103. I really believe that the ROI on Danny is much higher than Allison.

    I’m crossing my fingers. Not because of anything to do with Allison, but because I just kinda like Danny. I’m so weird. I relate to the world Danny has come from and I admire that immensely, but I am a big fan of Adam. (Well, huge Adam fan. :) )

    I think Idol fans come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds… I don’t think you can really box them in to describe a particular group/fan base…..

    I don’t know if this was mentioned on this thread…. But Danny did get a HUGE amount of screaming/fan love from the concerts I went to anyway.

  104. I don’t know if this was mentioned on this thread’ ¦. But Danny did get a HUGE amount of screaming/fan love from the concerts I went to anyway.

    Don’t be fooled, Danny fans are all ventriloquists. ;) I’m just kidding of course, and that’s a good point iluvai. I remember sitting here listening to the very first tour concert cellcast and smiling when I heard the huge cheering for Danny. It was a relief actually, because of things that had been said, but I’ve learned to take all that with a grain of salt.

    It’s interesting that you’re another Adam/Danny fan, there seem to be a lot of us. They’re very different of course, but both have the big “power voices” and I know that’s what attracted me to them both originally.

  105. I don’t know if this was mentioned on this thread’ ¦. But Danny did get a HUGE amount of screaming/fan love from the concerts I went to anyway.

    So did Blake Lewis. And Chris Richardson. And Taylor Hicks. And Michael Johns. None of that translated into a successful recording career. People go to concerts to have fun. And they scream. Heck even Syesha Mercado got a good reception most of the time. Screams at the AI concert tour is not evidence of future success, it just means people are excited to see the reality tv stars they watched all season.

  106. Niall,

    I think what people are trying to say is that Danny got a VERY good reception from the crowds on tour….better than every other contestant besides Adam and as good as Kris. This shows, to some extent, his popularity with American Idol fans in general.

    I agree with you that this does not necessarily translate into a successful recording career. I don’t think that many people will argue that it does. There has been plenty of evidence to the contrary.

    All of the idols, regardless of the size of their AI fan base, must attract new fans, or they will not be very successful. That’s why Danny needs good music (imo he has that), good radio play, some good national promotion for his album, and hopefully a tour as an opening act to a successful, established act. He will definately need at least some of these things in order to be a commercial success.

    I don’t think that many Danny fans are going to try to argue that his current AI fanbase is huge enough to provide him a successful recording career. I do think that many Danny fans are optomistic based on the songs we have heard, his reception on the radio tour and at various country venues, and his (so far) increase in radio adds and spins each week. This is not an indication of definate success, but it is a good reason for his fans to be cautously optomistic about his recording future.

  107. Niall, in your earlier comments, you pointed to what you feel is less than stellar activity for Danny on online sites that you visit, make an argument that this correlates to a lack of market interest in Danny, and assume that this has predictive value that Danny will fail. When others point to examples of interest in Danny, you dismiss them as having no predictive value for people whose theory is that Danny is likely to succeed. Do you see where I am going here? Either both have predictive value, or neither does. My personal opinion is none of these factors has a decisive predictive value in and of itself, but they are useful only as data points that must be considered as a whole, and in the context of the country music marketplace. And also considered with information about what Danny and his record label will do between now and when his album is released for sale. And even with all that, we still have to wait and see.

  108. Niall, in your earlier comments, you pointed to what you feel is less than stellar activity for Danny on online sites that you visit, make an argument that this correlates to a lack of market interest in Danny, and assume that this has predictive value that Danny will fail. When others point to examples of interest in Danny, you dismiss them as having no predictive value for people whose theory is that Danny is likely to succeed. Do you see where I am going here? Either both have predictive value, or neither does.

    When people say things out of thin air like “Danny has a huge fanbase and will outsell everyone else from season 8” and there is anecdotal evidence that may not be the case, that’s fair game. When people point to his reception during the AI tour as proof of his popularity when there are numerous examples in the other direction (including Kris, as well), that is also fair game and not at all contradictory. The AI tour is a wash in terms of predicting future success. The MySpace plays and YouTube views are interesting compared to others. No they aren’t 100% definitive, but those things have more backup to them than simply saying over and over ad nauseum “Danny has a big fanbase but they are hiding out in the attic from the meanies, Ann Frank style, until the album drops.”

  109. Niall, in your earlier comments, you pointed to what you feel is less than stellar activity for Danny on online sites that you visit, make an argument that this correlates to a lack of market interest in Danny, and assume that this has predictive value that Danny will fail. When others point to examples of interest in Danny, you dismiss them as having no predictive value for people whose theory is that Danny is likely to succeed. Do you see where I am going here? .

    I do but it doesn’t make sense. When people say things out of thin air like ‘Danny has a huge fanbase and will outsell everyone else from season 8’ ³ and there is anecdotal evidence that may not be the case, that’s fair game. The AI tour has proven to be a wash in terms of predicting future success. The MySpace plays and YouTube views are interesting. A lot is going to have to happen (and I mean A LOT) for a guy with just over 300 MySpace plays per day to turn into a gold or platinum selling artist. There are unknown indie artists who manage that or more per day. It’s a small thing but it’s very interesting in terms of casual interest in Danny right now. If the album came out today it would be a disaster. If there is proof in the other direction that those things have NO merit or can be proven to be a wash as well, I’d love to see it.
    The only point is: saying over and over again ‘Danny has a big fanbase but they are hiding out in the attic from the meanies, Ann Frank style, until the album drops” doesn’t have much to support it. It’s wishful thinking, which maybe is needed right now among his hardcore base.

  110. But Niall, what I am saying is that the AI fanbase matters very little in the long run. Yeah, it gives them a little cushion, but it’s not going to make or break them. So I don’t even know why we are carrying on about the AI fanbase. If it mattered so much, Taylor would be the most successful idol ever because he had a MASSIVE online fanbase back in the day. It’s the fanbase they create after Idol that really matters…the loyal AI fans (of which there are few after that first album, especially) are just gravy.

  111. If it mattered so much, Taylor would be the most successful idol ever because he had a MASSIVE online fanbase back in the day.

    A fanbase that carried him to huge first week sales. It was moot in the end but he started out REALLY well, he just didn’t expand beyond his AI fans. Most AIers have to rely on the AI fanbase for first week sales. Danny doesn’t have a country music fanbase and has to build one between now and March because it appears the people screaming for him at the AI tour aren’t paying much attention now.

    Not having the initial boost of AI fans is a huge disadvantage for an AIers first cd release. He has to keep his record deal with decent sales in order to have time to build a country music fanbase. Unless My Best Days goes to #1 and Danny becomes the male Carrie Underwood in two months, he won’t have enough of a country music fanbase by March to sustain him. The buzz isn’t there. He’s not a hot property.

  112. I think that the question of “meanies” is irrelevant to the question of whether or not past interest in Danny from potential buyers is predictive of future success. I saw a comment from someone who appeared to be trying to present a potential reason why there may not be a strong presence of Danny fans on certain sites, but I did not interpret it as an argument that Danny fans are in hiding and will emerge as an online force at some point. I personally think that people don’t have to be that invested or interested in participating in online sites to be potential music buyers.

    From your response, I’m not sure that the point I was making in my previous post came across. To me it is a given that when people express opinions about who will succeed and who will not that these comments are theories, and I believe that is well understood. People have different reasons for expressing opinions and for expressing them in the way that they do, but of course none of them has any particular bearing on the ultimate outcome.

    My post was about a very specific matter: Evidence of past interest is either predictive of future interest, or it is not. I am pointing out that it doesn’t make sense to me that you use what you feel is evidence of a lack of interest to support your theory that Danny will fail, but dismiss it as having no predictive value when others to use evidence of interest to support their theory that Danny will succeed. I think that the old saying “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” may be a useful way to boil it down to the essential point that I was making.

    It certainly is fair game to discuss which factors people feel are most compelling as they form their own theories, but if a particular type of data is valid for one side of the argument, it’s valid for the other as well. That’s what I’m saying, not that anyone is correct to choose isolated data points upon which to base their theory. Your response seemed to indicate that you felt that you needed to convince me of this, but I felt that I said the same thing in my post above.

  113. Unless My Best Days goes to #1 and Danny becomes the male Carrie Underwood in two months, he won’t have enough of a country music fanbase by March to sustain him.

    Wow, really, so you can’t have a career unless you hit # 1. That must be a suprise to all those country artist out there that never hit #1. Up above it was stated that if Danny’s album came out now ift would be a failure, but what it fails to realize is that it is not coming aut right now, it’s not coming out until March. If his album wasscheduled for now we would have seen more of a national push ala his seanson counterparts, but his single just went for adds 10 days ago and with the holiday freeze is not getting as much airplay as it may see once the holidays are over. So I think that the prediction of doom that so many want will just have to wait. Btw the people who have been predicting the breakout of Danny have not in most cases been his fans but fans of the other idol who for whatever reason feel that he can’t be counted out.

  114. Btw the people who have been predicting the breakout of Danny have not in most cases been his fans but fans of the other idol who for whatever reason feel that he can’t be counted out.

    ITA. Actual fans of Danny believe in his potential for success but almost never go around on AI fansites claiming he will beat out everyone else. For one thing, whatever I may believe on that I have seen considerable evidence that hyping of expectations has hurt the others this year — certainly Kris, and I’d argue Adam also.

    The point that Danny’s album is not due until March keeps getting ignored by those predicting his demise here, but that is in fact the case, and has been the choice and strategy of his label all along. People expert in how country music works have indicated generally, and in relation to what we should expect to for Danny’s launch in particular, that they take a gradual approach intending to peak as the album hits the street. And country singles can take months — sometimes many months — to fully “ripen” and work their way up the charts for anyone but the current “hot” artists.

    Clearly his label cannot possibly be meaning for this to be the peak time for Danny’s single, as he’s not even doing promotion for it except through his twitter. He’s been home shopping for Christmas presents in Wisconsin. He got a solid start on iTunes, I think, based on the strategy they are following (which btw, has included zero online advertising so far — another sign they aren’t yet hitting it hard for pushing his sales).

    Come January, he’ll be back out on the radio/promo tour continuing into Florida, Texas and up north again. He will also have his video coming out for GAC and CMT, continued radio play, and other appearances at clubs and fundraisers. After paying his dues to country radio and debuting at the Opry, I’m thinking they may feel more free to on some broader-exposure appearances that will play more to his AI fan base as well as the country music world. To this point, they seem to have been holding back so as not to alienate the country world while Danny is getting himself established in Nashville. So far, that’s working. The country community has basically been supportive to neutral.

    Closer to when his album drops, he’s evidently being scheduled for AI9 where he will have a great opportunity to plug his album — at the right time, which is not now. Presumably also any number of other appearances/media opportunities not yet disclosed to any of us debating it here. Based on the type of strategy they are following and the timeline for it, I’ll be checking back in around March and April to see how they’ve done.

  115. There seems to be a fascination with Danny’s online song play. I’m not sure where the number of supposedly only 300 visits a day came from. Danny certainly doesn’t have the high numbers that he and the other performers got during the AI season when they were on national tv, nor what you’d see when music videos are up on cable. But I don’t see anything alarming really, especially given the restrained marketing model they’ve adopted so far.

    He’s received over ~110,000 combined hits on his song It’s Only – 76,000 on his youtube channel (which has no videos yet, just sound) and 20,000 on the audio player at his myspace, and I’m counting another 10-15,000+ from early non-official YTs that were pulled off after Sony claims. He’s gotten over 53,000 already for My Best Days, also — some 44,000 on YT, and another 9000+ on the myspace audio player.

    Individual videos from his radio tour stops get varying hit counts, some hundreds and sometimes thousands. Those that introduce new songs or have unique performances like Back at One, tend to attract a more concentrated number of hits than videos for songs we’ve seen Danny do many times now.

    I’d be interested how many hits O Holy Night gets with the publicity help from USA Today but don’t know that there is any way to check. Stations that have put up videos of Danny from his visits also of course post videos for other artists. Danny’s web traffic to those videos is highly competitive with, often stronger than for more established country acts. On one site, two of Danny’s videos were posted the same day as two by Darius Rucker. Danny’s two videos had 30 times the traffic of Darius’s two songs. That’s interesting to see.

    Not clear to me if any of those numbers are including plays through Danny’s new official website which has its own links to his songs. Either way, if Danny has only 10-20 online fans I guess we’ve listened to his two songs a minimum of 8150 times each. Lol!

  116. I would agree that Danny most likely doesn’t have as many online fans based on forum participation as Kris or Adam do. Although it was interesting at AI official forums; Danny had a lot of posts; more than Kris.

    But I don’t think that will be a reflection of how many albums he will sell; and I am confident his single will be successful once he has PR and a video.

    I think he has a great start for the small amount of PR he has had. And he is putting out quality material. I’ve even seen non-fans say they think his single is the best of all that have been put out so far.

  117. He wasn’t signed till later and didn’t put out his single till later, so maybe some of his online fans stopped looking as much for information except at his fansite. I think too some were turned off the internet by some of the negative stuff that was being posted about Danny. I get the feeling alot of Danny’s fans are older. None of the season 8 idols fanbases really came through with putting any of them to No. 1 on I-tunes when first released. Part of that might be that all the first singles from the other three are different than what they did on the show and didn’t connect with the fans. Danny might have the same problem with his single since some of his AI fans might not like that he didn’t go R & B instead of country. IMO Danny seems capable of picking up fans outside of AI.

  118. Danny might have the same problem with his single since some of his AI fans might not like that he didn’t go R & B instead of country.

    For those of Danny’s AI fans who started out wondering about his going country, with or without not liking country themselves — almost always I’m seeing that they really like the songs Danny is putting out, whatever you want to call them. And those who weren’t disposed toward country music are listening to today’s country music in part due to Danny’s direction, and are finding artists they like a lot such as Darius Rucker, ZBB, Lady Antebellum and others they may not have come across before.

    IMO Danny seems capable of picking up fans outside of AI

    Agree. That’s pretty much what I saw when he was at the country western club last week. There were maybe 10 or 15 people there who had come primarily to see Danny as more ‘hardcore’ fans of his. The rest were just local peeps coming out to the club, there to see one of the other three acts, or otherwise not 100% focused on Danny. The crowd pretty much loved his set, suspect he will gain sales from those types of appearances. Not necessarily people rushing out to buy on the first day, but when they see it for sale on iTunes, amazon, or eventually in stores. I liked one of the other acts there that night, will probably buy one or more of her songs but haven’t dropped everything else to do it just yet.

  119. Steph, I agree with everything that you said. I, like you, was one of the “hardcore” fans that went to see Danny at Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte last week. However, the couple in front of me in line were regulars that had been to the club two of the previous three weeks to watch different acts. The lady did say that she had come out to see Danny, primarily, though. She was not a hardcore fan at all, but said that she had heard that Danny was going to be there on the radio, and she said that they wanted to come out and see what he could do. She added, “We thought he was really good on Idol.”

    I do feel that there were probably a decent amount of people there who were like her. They saw Danny on Idol and really enjoyed him on the show (Danny was VERY popular on the show in these parts), but really hadn’t thought that much about him since. Then, they heard about him on the radio and came out to see him. Although not that many people there were hardcore fans, I do think that some of the people there were VERY casual fans of Danny from AI. The couple did comment that they couldn’t understand why the line was so long before the show; they said it’s never like this…lol.

  120. First, I love the title “My Best Days” and I love the album cover. And if the songs that Danny has previewed during his radio tours are any indication, I think it will be one heck of an album. For me, it’s always been about the music ‘“ and I have always loved Danny’s soulful voice. The guy can sing. Looking forward to his Grand Old Opry performance in Jan. Can’t wait to see the video for ‘My Best Days Are Ahead of Me’ . And much thanks to Danny for all the generous things he has done with his foundation Sophia’s Heart.

  121. There was a pic that surfaced of Danny shopping in Walmart yesterday. I was trying to remember where I’d seen him wearing that jacket before.

    I think it was the one in his music video, lol. :) Very practical to reuse it, it looked nice and warm for this time of year.

  122. This was the pic

    This is a video someone took of Danny at an earlier country bar performance in Ohio. It looks like not as big a place as the one I went to (and aek) in NC, but they sold out and turned people away the night Danny was there as part of a radio station’s new artist series. You can hear the crowd getting into it, and seems like a fair number are singing along having heard Danny’s single before hand.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yBr7M2-26Q

  123. I just finally decided it was time to do a post on here. I am a huge, major Danny fan – and I am a “lurker.” Whew, needed to get that off my chest!! I can also attest to my Mom being a “lurker.” We come on this site and read the comments (lurking). We are silent on-line fans of Danny’s that do not post to the sites. My Mom (she is 68, I am 39) usually comes to this blog almost everyday in search of Danny news. She’s even bought the single before I have! I’m sure like Danny has had to get used to (along with his fans), I just have to shrug off the negative remarks and wish Danny the best and be a supportive fan. And being a supportive fan does not mean I will be posting to comments, but I will always be “lurking!”

  124. jpalod, I am looking for something on an old Danny thread and so I happened to see your post. Don’t know if you will see this response, but if you do, welcome out of lurkdom! I hope now that you’ve taken the plunge that we’ll hear from you again!

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