Danny Gokey – “Tennessee Christmas” – First Listen!

Listen to a FULL STREAM of the new Danny Gokey Christmas tune, “Tennessee Christmas”

  • Listen to “Tennessee Christmas” HERE

The tune is a cover originally recorded by Amy Grant. “Tennessee Christmas” comes out on November 23.

Check out Danny performing the song LIVE at the Weill theater in Sheboygan WI.

Video Source: steph6449 and IHeartDannyGokey

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80 Comments

  1. I think that Danny’s version of this song is pretty. It doesn’t have as much power as I thought it might have, but I still really like it. And I prefer it to Amy’s version. I could see Danny adding some more power to it in live performances of the song.

  2. How do I listen to it on my MacBook? It doesn’t have windows mediaplayer. I don’t want to wait until Monday when I buy it off Itunes. I want to hear it now.

  3. Whoa, that’s a bad photo of Danny. Makes him look so… *shiver*…

    I can’t get the link to work either. I’ve loved Amy Grant’s TN Christmas for a thousand years, because yes, it’s (and I’m) that old. :-) And, I’m from TN and lived away for many, many years, so it’s all that. But, I’m interested in hearing what Danny did with the song.

  4. Whoa, that’s a bad photo of Danny. Makes him look so… *shiver*…

    I know its…just so…….creepy unfortunate

    That song isn’t bad….country really isn’t my thing so haha don’t take my opinion for much

  5. Lucy I don’t think you can listen yet as it defaults to open in MP.

    I like this softer side of Danny with little production around the voice.

  6. I also like Danny’s version better than Amy Grant’s. I think it was a smart move to record a Christmas song that hasn’t been done over and over again. This will give Danny some airplay over the holidays.

    And for a song that literally will be played for only a few weeks, I don’t see the cover art as any big deal.

    Anyway, this will be a big weekend for Danny as he gets ready to host the red carpet at the AMA’s.

  7. geez what a bad picture of Danny! I can’t believe there wasn’t a better one in the lot. He seems to make a sexy face after having drunk half a bottle of whiskey.
    I’m sure the content is way better :)

  8. Its not that Danny looks bad it just gives off a weird vibe…

  9. Oh My Gosh that picture. Just why??? Seriously, who was in charge of that decision?

  10. I like Danny’s version much better than Amy’s. I agree that it’s good he recorded a song that is not done to death. It should get some air play during the holidays. I’m not worried about the pictures. It’s his music I love. :)

  11. I have a macbook and it works for me. But stop looking at me like that.. ‘Ladies Man’

  12. It should get some air play during the holidays

    Danny’s song was in the Top 5 Play Me downloads today for country stations:

    http://www.countryaircheck.com/email_publication/CAT_11_19_10/

    Also he just performed the live version of “Tennessee Christmas” at a concert he’s at tonight. I am interested in hearing what he did with this song in the live version.

    I wonder if he just stuck to using the softer side of his voice like he does in the radio version. Or if he added some power to the song

  13. ehh, Amy’s version is much better. You can tell who has lived a Tennessee Christmas and who hasn’t. Just no “truth” in Danny’s version.

  14. LOL re: the “art”…

    Finally listened. Not surprisingly, I like Amy Grant’s miles more. But, again, for me it may be a tradition/nostalgia thing. Then again, I’m pretty sure I’d like hers better regardless. Her voice has more character. In this recording, Danny’s voice falls flat for me. (That’s bland, not actually singing flat. :-))

    ETA: meyers77 makes an excellent point, too. Maybe that’s what I’m (not) hearing. Either way, same result for moi.

  15. Danny’s song was in the Top 5 Play Me downloads today for country stations:

    http://www.countryaircheck.com/email_publication/CAT_11_19_10/

    Also he just performed the live version of “Tennessee Christmas” at a concert he’s at tonight. I am interested in hearing what he did with this song in the live version.

    I wonder if he just stuck to using the softer side of his voice like he does in the radio version. Or if he added some power to the song

    That’s great about the country aircheck!! :)

    I hope a video shows up of him singing this live.

  16. ehh, Amy’s version is much better. You can tell who has lived a Tennessee Christmas and who hasn’t. Just no “truth” in Danny’s version.

    Tennessee is like a 2nd home for Danny. Has been for years. His church has a congregation in Tennessee and he has family there too. Between his church and family connections, I’m betting he has spent a Christmas or two in Tennessee. :)

  17. I hope a video shows up of him singing this live.

    I think that we might get to see video of him performing this song either tomorrow or Sunday.

  18. Yes, I would be interested to hear the live version.
    I like this but Danny is best live.

  19. Danny’s version of “Tennessee Christmas” reminds me of why I am a fan. Danny’s voice is so flexible and elastic. Not only does he have a good range, but the timbre/tonal quality of his voice can vary markedly from song to song. I love the variety I get with Danny’s voice, from soft and mellow (as in “Tennessee Christmas”), to the belting crescendo of his power ballads, to the gritty undertone to his more rollicking songs. (Not to mention the trademark “Gokey Growl.”) Love it!

    As for the photo, Danny’s eyes seem a bit tired. But other than that, the photo looks fine to me. Not the best photo I’ve ever seen of Danny, and not the worst either. Hmm. Maybe RCA needs to hire some of Danny’s fans to photograph him. I’ve seen some amazing fan photos!

  20. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever seen a young male country singer wearing glasses in an album cover pic. And glasses with rather ugly frames at that. They look as if they weigh 50 lbs. Danny would probably look less creepy with frames better suited to his face or, better yet, contacts.

  21. I’ve seen some really excellent photos of Danny in those frames, so I don’t think that there is anything wrong with the frames. I do think Danny’s eyes look tired, which is not surprising with all that he has been doing lately. Personally, I don’t photograph well, so I tend to be very sensitive to unflattering photos of anyone. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this photo. I’ve certainly seen pictures of Danny that have more of a “Wow!” factor, but this is a “quiet” photo that goes with the mellow mood of the song. Who knows? Maybe the photographer was having a bad day!

  22. I wonder if he just stuck to using the softer side of his voice like he does in the radio version. Or if he added some power to the song

    I heard him sing this song live tonight and he definitely adds power to it; in the manner he adds power to most soft songs. His voice really soared on it :)

    I like the song for a Christmas song. It’s way better than Amy Grant’s version. To be honest when I heard her version after he said he was covering it, my heart sank because it was so vanilla and boring, I couldn’t even finish her version.

    Yeah, the cover isn’t the best- Danny looks cute as always, just badly photoshopped, but at least it isn’t a strange album cover I am stuck looking at, like some I know….. :lol:
    No one even notices the cover art once it is downloaded anyway.

    The song sounds good and I like the minimal production on it :)
    Glad to hear stations are downloading it already!

  23. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever seen a young male country singer wearing glasses in an album cover pic.

    Probably not, but then again, Danny is not a traditional country singer and he’s stayed true to himself so I’m not surprised he has kept the glasses and also never worn a cowboy hat ;)

  24. The fact that the cover is generating talk is actually a good thing for Danny – it is drawing attention that it otherwise may not get since it is a holiday song that is only meant be around for a few weeks.

    At this point, I would much rather have RCA Nashville invest in Danny parterning with some of the biggest writers in Country music for his sophomore album. This vote of confidence is the greatest validation any new artist can hope for.

    Definitely looking forward to Danny at the AMA’s Sunday. From there it will be the ACA’s as a nominee. It’s a real kick when people in the industry refers to Danny as an ACA nominee for Breakthrough Artist.

  25. I’m not a big fan of Christmas music, but this song is more than tolerable to me. It’s not a hackneyed Christmas song that’s been done to death, and it’s not overly cheesy. Danny’s voice is very soft and restrained here, fitting the mood of the song, and I also think the lyrics ring very true and it’s very believable the heartfelt way Danny sings it.
    I think this may do quite well on radio, and will give him continued airplay until the new music is ready.

    I actually think this could be a flattering photo of Danny but the heavy glasses hide his eyes and the dinky scarf is just wrong. Other than that, it’s fine.

  26. You can tell who has lived a Tennessee Christmas and who hasn’t. Just no “truth” in Danny’s version.

    Lol, the song is not really about geography ;)

    I’m glad to see that there were a good number of downloads by country radio stations for the song, just behind two versions of Brad Paisley’s new celebration-of-country-music song from the CMAs.

  27. “Hey baby, wanna sit on Santa’s lap?” He kinda looks like he’s sitting in front of a Sears Portrait Studio Christmas backdrop — for pedophiles.

    Very unfortunate cover.

  28. That picture is yet another clue that I am not in his intended demographic.

  29. Danny did a good job on the song. I like it better than Amy’s version. But having said that, the picture is bad. It does look like one of those pictures you can get taken at Sears for $9.99, that scarf around his neck looks stupid, and last but not least, he’s looking at you like he’s had one too many drinks.

  30. “Hey baby, wanna sit on Santa’s lap?”

    You bet I do, baby, I’ll sit in Danny’s lap anytime ;)

    Thanks for posting that live version Steph; he sounds great live as usual.

    Very excited to hear this on the radio!

  31. I never comment on Danny, but that picture is TRAGIC!!!!

    Hope the song is good.

  32. sr4mjc:
    11/19/2010 at 10:16 pm
    I have a macbook and it works for me. But stop looking at me like that.. ‘Ladies Man’

    hahahaha! I’m not Danny’s demo either, but I was lured here by the picture. I wish him well, but I disagree with:

    No one even notices the cover art once it is downloaded anyway.

    It’s a marketing tool, otherwise why would they bother?

  33. Also, I still can’t stand hearing him talk. Like, at all. For some reason I get second hand embarrassment every time he speaks.

    LOL, I guess we all have different taste. I find him openly sincere, down to earth and full of charisma. It’s a good thing the music industry loves to hear him talk- it is the reason he keeps getting the nice hosting gigs- first the ACM country one back in the spring, and now the plum AMA one.

    Lots of talking involved there ;)

    It’s a marketing tool, otherwise why would they bother?

    They bother because they have to put something there :)
    Some may not buy a song after they listen to it because they don’t like a cover, but I highly doubt that significant numbers of people really care. And some actually like it (I’m not one of them- disclosure :lol: )

  34. No one even notices the cover art once it is downloaded anyway.

    It’s a marketing tool, otherwise why would they bother?

    Because just putting music note there would be weird. For most once they download the song you never see the picture, and I can’t imagine if you wanted to buy it that just because you didn’t like the picture you would refuse. If this was the case a lot of Idol alums would never sell a download. Don’t like the photo, just edit in a new one after download. ;)

    larc:
    11/19/2010 at 11:46 pm
    I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever seen a young male country singer wearing glasses in an album cover pic. And glasses with rather ugly frames at that. They look as if they weigh 50 lbs. Danny would probably look less creepy with frames better suited to his face or, better yet, contacts

    I’m not sure what the fuss is about the glasses as they are the same frames that the RCA photo used. Danny wears glasses and he has a endorsement deal with a eyeglass firm so he is going to keep wearing glasses.

    But back to the music, this is a good song for Danny as it shows that he can bring it down and I like that they chose to go more acoustic as that will help it stand apart from the bouncy Xmas tunes.

    ETA: Hee Indigo we think alike :)

  35. I absolutely LOVE this version of Tennessee Christmas! Danny does such a great job adding his soulful passionate voice to an already good song. Just as a side note, Danny cannot take a bad picture and although it does not bring out his usual warmth, he still looks close to perfect. Anxious to get the digital download but I am hoping for a hard copy in stores too.

  36. I guess I like his voice more on slowed down inspirational songs, it suits him better. But what is with the towel clutching/waving in vids I see of him? Is it like a security blanket or something?

    ETA: and that cover pic has always made me feel ~violated. This version even more so :O

  37. Live is better, but I can’t get into Danny’s voice on this song at all. Does he have a cold, or has he always had such a nasally sound? I hear it while he’s talking and singing here. Oh well…

    The towel clutching is distracting. As is, mentioning that he may forget the words to a song he recorded…. Danny’s still a pretty awkward guy, I guess. I wish him well though I’m not in his demo.

  38. Live version from Danny’s concert this evening.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLkbkmu72aM

    Thanks for posting this video of his live performance, Steph. :)

    But back to the music, this is a good song for Danny as it shows that he can bring it down and I like that they chose to go more acoustic as that will help it stand apart from the bouncy Xmas tunes

    .

    I think that Danny definitely showed restraint in this song, but also still managed to keep it from sounding dull.

  39. Lol, the song is not really about geography

    ummm, yea, that’s exactly what it’s about. ??????

    And the Wisconsin boy just doesn’t quite get it.

  40. I especially liked the live version Danny did of Tennessee Christmas in WI last night. The recorded is softer but nice, too.

    The picture. Not loving it. But I will be swapping it out for one of the great photos that is available for Danny after I buy the song from iTunes.

    As far as Danny’s speaking voice, while it is very informal, I love listening to him talk. And with the AMAs coming up, I see TPTB agree.

  41. It doesn’t matter, give me the laughter

    Seriously, its about the “love that circles around us” and being “home for Christmas” not geography. Seriously.

  42. I agree with those of you who don’t like the above picture. The glasses are very distracting.

  43. Seriously, its about the “love that circles around us” and being “home for Christmas” not geography. Seriously.

    Lol, thank you. Correct, IMO.

    It’s about the “tender” part of celebrating a “tender Tennessee Christmas.” Tennessee is the “place for me” for Christmas not because of the geography but because that is where the singer’s heart lives. And the song lyrics work for a wide range of listeners because wherever you live or associate as your emotional home, you can substitute for Tennessee.

    Same way White Christmas may work for me, even though my family comes from Maine where you don’t usually need much help getting Christmas to be white, lol.
    .

    This went over really well live for the first time they performed it. I heard Jamie talking to someone last night and she said the first time she had been able to rehearse it, and perhaps some of the others, was at sound check yesterday.

    Crowds generally enjoy Danny interacting with them and making a few funny comments. He’s pretty personable and relatable. Between that and the vocals and high caliber of his band, his live shows are very fun to attend and get a great response.

  44. Chiming in only to say that the meaning of music tends to be subjective and vary. To me, someone who admits to listening to this song on Amy Grant’s Christmas album every single year since she released it (several) decades ago, I’ll just say that it’s about geography of all sorts — physical and emotional. :-)

  45. I agree with lucysfave and Steph about the meaning of the song.

    This went over really well live for the first time they performed it. I heard Jamie talking to someone last night and she said the first time she had been able to rehearse it, and perhaps some of the others, was at sound check yesterday

    I was glad to see Jamie there singing backup for Danny. I like the way their voices blend together. I think they would sound nice if they ever sung a duet together.

  46. I don’t think the point here is about geography at all. It’s about a feeling of warmth and being home for Christmas, no matter where you’re from. Besides, even though Danny’s first home is Milwaukee, he does have roots in Tennessee. He has relatives there, and was staying with them until he bought his own home in Nashville, where he lives now. He used to stay there often as a child.

    Also, I still can’t stand hearing him talk. Like, at all. For some reason I get second hand embarrassment every time he speaks.

    YMMV, but I love listening to Danny talk. I love the way he’s spontaneous and speaks his mind. There’s nothing rehearsed or fake about him. Some celebrities seem as if everything they say has been rehearsed beforehand, and that makes them seem boring. Danny’s way of talking is obviously well liked by those who keep asking him to host at awards events. People who meet Danny say he is one of the sweetest and friendliest people they’ve ever met.

  47. smarmy A certain attitude often accompanied by a squinty look and a superior smile that makes you instantly hate a person. Similar to snobby.
    He/she/it is totally smarmy, I want to punch them in the face.

    From Urban Dictionary :)

  48. smarmy

    HAHA…I never knew what that word meant. First time hearing it was in this thread.

  49. But what is with the towel clutching/waving in vids I see of him? Is it like a security blanket or something?

    Those that watched the videos from the AI tour will remember that Danny sweats alot!!! (hee) on stage. He still does so he uses the towel to control it, and since he uses his hands a bunch I think sometimes he forgets he has it. If you watch some of the other videos from the concert you will see that he does not have it in hand.

  50. Danny’s way of talking is obviously well liked by those who keep asking him to host at awards events. People who meet Danny say he is one of the sweetest and friendliest people they’ve ever met.

    I agree toonces. Also I think that Danny will have a fun time being a co-host for the AMA’s tomorrow. I think that he will have fun mingling/interviewing the different celebrities there. I think that he will do a nice job representing idol there.

  51. IMO, the people who judge a song or performer simply based on a cover likely aren’t interested in Danny’s music anyway, so it’s really a moot point, especially for a seasonal song that will go into very limited release.

    In as far as Danny’s stage persona, I guess Danny has the last laugh. He’s been very popular with his live shows, which is a big revenue stream in Country music. He has at least 5-6 band members that travel with him. And this summer they also had one of Carrie Underwood’s back-up singer as part of Danny’s tour.

    And obviously his record label is happy with him. Danny must have made enough money for them to greenlight a second album. And with the tough times the music biz has been going through, this is saying a lot. There is a long list of Idols who never even made it past their debut and were dropped by their labels.

  52. The towel, lol. I think it is a little bit of a security blanket, and Danny has a lot of energy so it’s something he can hold onto and channel some of that.

    A lot of his fans would love to see him drop it when singing, however. Some days he does better than others ;)

  53. IMO, the people who judge a song or performer simply based on a cover likely aren’t interested in Danny’s music anyway, so it’s really a moot point, especially for a seasonal song that will go into very limited release.

    I agree and that’s pretty apparent, IMO. Speaking of his second album, I heard it mentioned that they were writing for his next single. I think that his next single could come from his second album. Maybe it might be something that Danny has a hand in writing.

  54. But what is with the towel clutching/waving in vids I see of him? Is it like a security blanket or something?

    The people who see Danny live are not watching the towel ;)

    Live is better, but I can’t get into Danny’s voice on this song at all.

    rayni:
    11/20/2010 at 12:36 pm

    Heavens – I love his voice.

    You and me both; as well as a lot of people. It was his golden ticket wasn’t it ;)

    Seriously, its about the “love that circles around us” and being “home for Christmas” not geography. Seriously.

    Um, yeah. Amy Grant was born in Georgia and moved to TN during elementary school. It was her adopted home, just like Danny.
    And Alabama who covered it- from Alabama, lol. I personally don’t keep track of where someone is from when I hear a song on radio.

    Yes, seriously. The geography is a moot point anyway. It’s obvious the lyrics are about a state of mind and being home/with loved ones for Christmas, no matter where you are from.

  55. I think Danny has the voice of an angel. I love the way he keeps this understated and soft, in keeping with the mood he’s trying to convey, yet there’s still plenty of emotion.

    And obviously his record label is happy with him. Danny must have made enough money for them to greenlight a second album. And with the tough times the music biz has been going through, this is saying a lot. There is a long list of Idols who never even made it past their debut and were dropped by their labels.

    He sold 65K his first week. That’s so awesome, especially for a 3rd place finisher. So much for all the predictions Danny would never sell and be the first one dropped. RCA seems to have big plans for Danny, and it does seem to me his next single will not be from his current album since he says he’s working on the song now. I wonder if that means the next album will be quite soon, or if an EP will be released of the new song. Word has it that it will be ready sometime after the new year. RCA is doing a good job keeping Danny’s voice on the radio and making sure he isn’t forgotten before his next album.

    There’s an AP article today that states Danny was the reason Idol producers chose to hold the auditions there. I’m sure there will be plenty of Danny footage in that episode. I also hope he gets to perform during the season. I’m sure he will though, since his appearance last year was such a huge success for him and probably brought up ratings, at least for that episode. He’s sure not doing bad for someone who didn’t even make the finale.

    About the TC cover art–I agree it’s not the best photo, but it’s never a good idea to judge a book by its cover. ;)

  56. The people who see Danny live are not watching the towel

    I agree. Heck, I don’t really care what he’s doing with the towel when I’m watching his performances on video. I guess it’s to wipe away sweat?

    As long as he’s not using it to do something like hide his face, I don’t really care what he’s doing with it, lol.

  57. The song sounds really nice. I much prefer the “softer side” of Danny’s voice.

    That photo, however? Lord, what were they thinking?

  58. *

    That photo, however? Lord, what were they thinking?

    I think they were thinking “How can we do this really fast and cheap” :lol:

    They could have asked a fan to do it better!

    Ah, labels, we are never really completely happy with them, are we?

    Heck, I don’t really care what he’s doing with the towel when I’m watching his performances on video. I guess it’s to wipe away sweat?

    I brought my business partner (she thinks I’m nuts for being an AI geek) to the concert for fun to introduce her to Danny. She is a traditional country fan whose favorite is the Avett Brothers (alt. country).
    She said Danny is pop-country, she loved the concert- said he is very talented, is a good dancer (funny she mentioned that all on her own -she never watched AI), great stage presence and seems like a really nice person. She didn’t mention the towel ;) But she did do some dancing herself :)

  59. It’s funny, all this fuss over a cover for a single. This is not a song that will be this big defining game changing thing in Danny’s career. This is a Christmas song; something to give him airplay and keep his presence on radio in the next month. And his record label probably invested enough to hopefully turn a profit.

    Of course if the cover was this big production deal, the criticisms would be that Danny would fail in that RCA Nashville would never be able to recoup their costs with an expensive looking cover from a Christmas song, etc.

  60. Really like the live version with the back-up singer harmonizing – so much better.

    I wonder why they didn’t add the harmonies for the song release?

    Danny is really talented – I hope people aren’t basing music purchases on how a cd cover looks. LOL.

  61. I just listened to Aaron Kelly’s holiday song before this one. Good luck to Aaron Kelly and all, but this is just about a thousand times more listenable. Danny’s a really nice singer–very easy to listen to, great control, great range. Is he singing the background vocals too? (My kids are being noisy.) If so, he’s got an amazing range–sounds really good.

    I’m no fan of country so I haven’t been following his career, but I must hand it to him–he really embraced this direction and it’s really working for him. I think he’d much rather being doing the kind of music Kris Allen is, and would have preferred him to get the country or no major contract option, but it’s really working out. Fab for him. Maybe he’ll be a “cross-over” kind of artist, like Taylor Swift or Lady Antebellum?

  62. Really like the live version with the back-up singer harmonizing – so much better.

    I wonder why they didn’t add the harmonies for the song release?

    Danny is really talented – I hope people aren’t basing music purchases on how a cd cover looks. LOL.

    There are some harmonies in the recorded version, I think, just different?

    The back-up singer in the live version is Jamie Fraley who ordinarily performs with Carrie but is a fan of Danny and joins him on tour when she can. Her husband Brandon is in Danny’s band, also very talented.

    I think he’d much rather being doing the kind of music Kris Allen is, and would have preferred him to get the country or no major contract option, but it’s really working out. I think he’d much rather being doing the kind of music Kris Allen is, and would have preferred him to get the country or no major contract option, but it’s really working out.

    I don’t think Danny would be doing the kind of music Kris is pursuing, though Kris seems to be enjoying that area. Danny likes country music though he doesn’t have the most traditionally country style of voice. And he said early on he didn’t see himself being comfortable trying to work out of LA as part of a “pop culture” type of environment. Nashville seems to be a good fit for him, and the stories/messages in country songs are very Danny, this one included.

    I do think when the time is right, Danny would love to find a song that can cross over to other charts. But he seems very happy in country, and I don’t see him transitioning ever to a pop niche.

  63. I hope people aren’t basing music purchases on how a cd cover looks. LOL.

    LOL!! I know, right? I have never in my life looked at a CD cover and said, “ewww, I’m not getting this.” It’s the music inside that counts for me. It wasn’t until I started watching idol and following music boards where I saw people judging artists by their cover (CD Covers that is).

    I’m dying to listen to the live version. I’ll have to stop by later to listen as hubby is blaring the TV. LOL!!

  64. Maybe he’ll be a “cross-over” kind of artist, like Taylor Swift or Lady Antebellum?

    We can only hope! I am one of the people who wasn’t a country fan originally. But I liked Danny’s voice enough to follow him into the country world. Much to my surprise and delight, I have discovered that I like a lot of country music, and now have a number of different country artists in my music collection. (Reba, Carrie, Lady A, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, etc. etc.)

    As I have mentioned before, I think Danny’s voice is very supple, and vocally, he can sing well in a number of genres. IMO, I think his voice is more often optimized doing the blue-eyed soul of yesteryear. But I don’t think there is a market for that and I’m not sure how well Danny would fit. I agree with steph6449 that Danny might not fit as well into a “pop culture” environment. Nashville is a much better fit, and country music is more in keeping with Danny’s values, so he is freer to just be himself.

  65. BTW, I have met Danny on multiple occasions. He genuinely loves people, and has an amazing memory. He often can remember when he has met a particular fan before, which is incredible given how many people he meets.

  66. The more I listen to Danny (live) version the more I like it. Really like he changed it up a bit and added the Danny growl in the middle, I guess if you like Danny’s voice you’ll like his version. No offense to Amy Grant’s fans I love her hit song Baby Baby, but I was not able to finish listening her version as my eyelids were getting really heavy 30 seconds into the song so am unable to really get the “Tennessee” feel out of it, I would definitely play her version when I have a sleeping problem.

  67. I’m no fan of country so I haven’t been following his career, but I must hand it to him–he really embraced this direction and it’s really working for him. I think he’d much rather being doing the kind of music Kris Allen is, and would have preferred him to get the country or no major contract option, but it’s really working out. Fab for him. Maybe he’ll be a “cross-over” kind of artist, like Taylor Swift or Lady Antebellum?

    Suzanne, I’m not much of a country fan either (although I do like the less twangy or more poppy sort of country that is becoming so popular), but I think Danny is perfectly happy with this genre. Unlike yesteryear, there is a place now for the type of soul- or pop-country and even pop-rockish country Danny specializes, and it’s a growing genre. Danny seems overjoyed to be in Nashville, working with so many country artists, and I think he is actually a much better fit for country than for pop. Not vocally, as Danny can sing just about anything (yes, even rock!) and sing it well (Dream On notwithstanding) but I think his soul is in country. I don’t see him doing as well in AC or HAC, just because of the nature of the business. His blue eyed soul style no longer fits current r&b (which is much more hip hop influenced than it used to be) and the pop and pop-rock world is much less forgiving and much more dog-eat-dog than country.

    I do think that, at some point in the near future, Danny will cross over to AC like Carrie, Lady Antebellum or Taylor Swift has, due to his sound being not traditionally country, but more pop-rock or pop/soul country, and I think that is actually the plan for him by RCA at some point. I think they’re trying to get him established in the country world first, and then will expand later to AC.

    I also think if he’d won, he may not have had this opportunity. I think he would have been shoved into pop or r&b and would not have done as well. Things really did work out for the best, and the stakes for him are much higher now than they were.

  68. Love…love…love the live version!! :) There is bit more “punch” in his live version. I love the recorded one as well. But, that live version…man, I wish I could see him live.

    I can’t see him in the pop genre/culture. Ever since I heard him do WHTM on the show, I said he should consider country to go into. It fits his style the best of all the mainstream genres. He’s doing quite well for himself and I’m proud to be a fan. :)

  69. Suzanne: I’ve actually heard the opposite about Kris; that Country music would have been better suited for him, with him opening for Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.

    Toonces1966: I’ve always felt that Sony Nashville signed Danny because they wanted to expand their market (i.e., Rascal Flatts), more the modern country pop soul sound. They already have a lot of talented, traditional Country artists as is. I don’t think their intent was for Danny to be another Bucky Covington.

    I also agree that if Danny had won, his options would have been much more limited. He likely would have been just pushed in the pop market. I heard that’s what they had initially wanted for Carrie Underwood.

  70. I think he sounds great. I also see him as a cross-over artist in time. But for now, I’ll just enjoy him and his Christmas album. :)

  71. I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed Aaron Kelly’s Christmas song too, and I am not a Country fan, but I think it fits great for the holidays.

  72. Always love to hear Danny sing! Not a big fan of the cover, but geez, I do think way too big a deal has been made over it. Who really cares? I don’t.

    Danny is doing very well, and he will continue to do so…VERY hardworking AND nice guy!

  73. Listening to this song again by Danny makes me feel all warm and cozy. He is that kind of person too when you meet him so it brings back very good memories. I wish he was releasing an entire album rather than just one song!

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