Danny Gokey – Walmart Soundcheck Interview – VIDEO

Danny Gokey explains his connection to his brand-new album, My Best Days in this new interview with Walmart Soundcheck.

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  1. This was good, I think they did a nice job with it. Fellow Danny fans, I think whoever edited it likes that same scene in his video that we all do, I saw it two or three times.

  2. Oh..Lordy, lordy, lordy.

    Best line of the “vid” bar none: “I see my music as a movement”.

    I am sure that many people will be super impressed with this vid….me, not so much. It was overly indulgent, painted the same backdrop that Idol did…you know the I have overcome, my wife died, but look at me now.

    But, I guess this is Danny’s chosen PR and his marketing. And just like Susan Boyle he will capture the fans who are impressed with rewarding peeps for their struggles instead of focusing on the music and whether it is good or not. More power to him…he’s the quintessential “snake oil salesman” and it has worked for a multitude of peeps and preachers before him. Just not my cup of tea!

  3. he’s the quintessential “snake oil salesman” and it has worked for a multitude of peeps and preachers before him. Just not my cup of tea!

    See, that’s exactly how I feel about Michael Slezak and his ilk that started up all this “dead wife pimping” stuff. Danny wants to find meaning in his life and he is trying to tie everything together to explain it. I don’t think he cares that some people are going to laugh at him. From an observer standpoint, his behavior consistently matches my view of him as a warm and sincere person who genuinely cares about people and wants to help others. I think he’s great.

  4. broddybounce, no one is going to love everyone, that’s for sure. There are AI alumni that other people rave about on here that I am just “meh” about, so I certainly understand. I’m just happy that Danny is finding an audience of people who understand and appreciate him. He has to be himself, people who try to start changing themselves to please the peanut gallery lose themselves along the way, and I don’t think that’s going to happen to him.

  5. How many times is Danny going to go thru this story…..in the beginning it was poignant….now it is taking on a different meaning for many people that have heard it too many times. I don’t think Danny is trying to pimp his dead wife but this continual banter will get these responses. I am so surprised that he continues down this road….I think it is not helping him.

  6. Pixie, I think the thing is that he’s not saying it because he thinks it helps him. He is doing fine, he is not sad and despondent, he is happy and enjoying life. He is interested in helping other people. When he was devastated and not sure how he was going to get through it, it was the opportunity to try to achieve his dream that he and his wife had of him having a career in music that got him through. He is thinking of people who are in a devastated time in their own lives now and hoping he can encourage them to find a way to their dreams. He is not interested in being poignant, he is interested in being a catalyst for positive change in someone’s life.

  7. As an addendum to my previous post, here’s some happy Danny for you. He is having a pretty good time, I think. This is him doing Get Away, and the second video is where he comes out to do the really cool part again, I think he likes hitting that high note. My point is, his story is just part of what Danny is about, although an important part. He’s about just having a good time too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD71QYcz0zc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2uFqXgkVv8&NR=1

  8. Why does he always pimp his dead wife? Enough already.

    he’s the quintessential “snake oil salesman”

    See, I view it as the opposite. I really doubt he is selling all those albums and #30 on the country charts because of his wife. He is successful so far because he is a great singer and his album is amazing. He’s doing great just being himself and could care less about the criticism he gets as long as he thinks it helps someone somewhere.

    Big Kudos to him for being brave enough to be himself; talk about his wife (because he wants to and because he thinks it helps some others face their own tragedy- which is a fact; his fan sites are decorated with comments from those who have found his comments and behavior very comforting).

    Thanks Danny for being a sincere person and staying true to yourself! What you went through so far is the defining moment in your life. I’m sure two years from now he won’t need or want to talk about it.

  9. This is him doing Get Away, and the second video is where he comes out to do the really cool part again

    Yes, no autotune for Danny. He is pretty amazing live.

    “I am so surprised that he continues down this road….I think it is not helping him.”

    Interesting point, Pixie. I think the people it mostly bothers are those who aren’t fans of Danny’s. I think the vast majority of his fans think he is very sincere; and yes, we’ve heard the story so many times, but we know why he tells it and its ok with us! Especially since we hear over and over from fans on how he has actually helped some of them cope with their own difficulties.

  10. Great Interview!

    I could listen to Danny talk all day =) He’s got such a wonderful speaking voice.

    Looking good these days too!

  11. Danny must be doing something right. Danny’s story is part of who he is and Danny’s fans like him just the way he is. We appreciate his sincerity and his committment to others and we love his voice and his album. Looks like many others see it the same way we do. That’s fine if he isn’t your cup of tea.

  12. Danny deserves to be himself, in the same way Adam deserves to be himself, and in the same way we all deserve to be able to be true to ourselves.

    I admire Danny’s confidence to put ‘Like That’s A Bad Thing’ on his album. It speaks volumes to who Danny is as an individual. He isn’t bothered by the fact that some do not like him. He is just doing the best he can to live and love.

    Looks like he has plenty of fans out there. So, life is good. No worries.

  13. Before some misconstrue my comment:

    I defended Adam the other day for wearing a codpiece and talking about illegal drug usage. He can wear what he pleases, and say what he wants. I don’t have to love everything he does. It is his prerogative to lead his life as he chooses.

    Same goes for Danny.

    I really don’t understand people that feel they have a right to tell others what to think, do and say. Doesn’t seem fair at all.

  14. Danny the “snake oil salesman” has another fundraiser performance this month supporting the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital program. This is his second fundraiser for St. Jude’s in March, and one of at least five charitable efforts I know of that Danny is supporting this month — not even counting lower profile radio station events, or his own SHF non-profit foundation which is about to kick off programs for kids in Nashville and Milwaukee.

    The WSSL Acoustic Jam, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will be Wednesday, March 24th at the Blind Horse Saloon in Greenville, SC. We have 5 tickets to give away and each ticket is good for two entries! Here’s how you can win: [..]
    See four great artists:
    RODNEY ATKINS
    EASTON CORBIN
    DANNY GOKEY
    STEEL MAGNOLIA
    They will play an acoustic show and tell stories from the road. It’s an intimate night you won’t soon forget!

    Danny performed last week for the charity Jeffrey Steele founded in honor of his late son, has another for a $1000/ticket cancer benefit at the end of the month, and contributed to an online auction run by the Opry where so far Danny’s item is the runaway leader in bids for fundraising in support of a local Nashville program.

    http://www.opryauction.com/cgi-bin/auction.cgi?action=ProductList&Mode=Browse&CategoryID=19203

    For those offended by Danny’s popularity, the other auction contributors could use some supporters. It’s all a good cause if one of them raises more than Danny when it’s all said and done.

    If Danny is a snake oil salesman, I’m glad to see people are buying it to support the various good causes to which he is lending his name. And certainly, although it’s too early to gauge long-term success, he’s having no trouble at the moment selling his music to a pretty large appreciative audience.

    So good for Danny, I hope he continues to sell up a storm for his CD, concert tickets (most of which recently have been sold out), and his charitable interests. He seems to have sold the Opry peeps also; they introduced him the other day as a “hot” act, and said he was “on fire” with the launch of his debut album. Some of the other finalists from AI8 could use a little more promotional ability in getting their music out and heard, maybe Danny can pass on some tips ;)

  15. I really don’t understand people that feel they have a right to tell others what to think, do and say. Doesn’t seem fair at all.

    Exactly my point! What Danny does before he sings is telling us how we should think about life, what we should all do, how we should all act when life gives us tragedy….that is what I don’t like. I listen to an artist to hear his voice and interpret the song on my own. Just sing Danny…just sing…that is how I feel!
    I am expressing my opinion here….and I think it is fair to say when there is something I don’t enjoy, etc. You may not agree with others but it is fair to express what we like and dislike. That is what blogging here is all about.

  16. If Danny is a snake oil salesman

    That expression being used for Danny made me Lol. He definitely doesn’t strike me as that type of person. That’s why him being called that is funny to me.

    I am glad to see him doing well with his album sales, I hope that continues. And I do believe his album is doing well, because a lot of people think it’s a good album and enjoy his voice.

  17. Exactly my point! What Danny does before he sings is telling us how we should think about life, what we should all do, how we should all act when life gives us tragedy….that is what I don’t like. I listen to an artist to hear his voice and interpret the song on my own. Just sing Danny…just sing…that is how I feel!
    I am expressing my opinion here….and I think it is fair to say when there is something I don’t enjoy, etc. You may not agree with others but it is fair to express what we like and dislike. That is what blogging here is all about.

    If you would care to clarify why expressing opinions is great for bloggers but bad for artists trying to reach out to fans, I would be interested to see that. I don’t see Danny telling anyone what to think etc., I see him trying to encourage and inspire. And about the blogging, of course it’s fair for you to give your opinions, just as it’s fair for people to disagree with you, within the rules of the blog naturally. Anyone can post their point of view, but others will react to it by posting their own perspective, if they feel strongly enough about it. For me anyway, it’s not personal.

  18. Wow who knew a simple little interview would turn into the Gospel according to Danny. Wshile I believe you can have passionate feelings of dislike for an artist I have to think that in order to sit through an entire interview there must be something a person likes about them. If it is the voice you like then probably listening to the album only probably works best, but considering that by nature an interview is going to bring up information if you don’t want to hear it, don’t listen.

    I believe it is important to remember that most people don’t listen to every interview someone does basically because there is repetition, so the exposure is for the new listener. I have listened to Danny over these last few months and I think he has reached the point that he no longer gives a D*mn what people that dislike him think and it does not seem to have hurt him in the least. He has found an audience who is willing and able to accept that he is working through what is to him a tragic situation and if it helps him move forward more power to him.

  19. Fellow Danny fans, I think whoever edited it likes that same scene in his video that we all do, I saw it two or three times.

    Oh, yeah, I guess others besides hardcore Danny fans appreciate the pure ‘wow’ moment of that look up =)

    Do I get bored of hearing Danny talk about his wife? Not really; he is so entertaining and an open book that I really don’t mind what he talks about.

    And I have enjoyed many entertainers even when they have said odd things or things I don’t agree with; for me it is the musical enjoyment I get from them; and I get my fill with Danny.

    “so far Danny’s item is the runaway leader in bids for fundraising in support of a local Nashville program. ”

    That was very sweet to see! Danny’s item was going for $1500; the closest to him was Kenny Chesney I think or was it Keith Urban (?) for $500.

  20. Oh, yeah, I guess others besides hardcore Danny fans appreciate the pure ‘wow’ moment of that look up =)

    lol, maybe people who don’t like him should just turn the sound off and watch. ;)

  21. so far Danny’s item is the runaway leader in bids for fundraising in support of a local Nashville program. ”

    That was very sweet to see! Danny’s item was going for $1500; the closest to him was Kenny Chesney I think or was it Keith Urban (?) for $500.

    Jason Aldean is next highest, but Danny’s is about twice what is bid for Jason’s item. Of course, maybe the peeps bidding up Danny’s don’t really like him, they just want that purple birdhouse because it matches their house decor :)
    Just a silly indicator, but also found it interesting that Danny’s item has anywhere from twice to ~15x or more views of any other artists there including some very very popular ones like Brad Paisley and Josh Turner. I’ve often noticed that Danny’s YT performances and interviews for his country promo tour have drawn a lot of interest compared to other country artists. They may not be all that visible here some days, but he definitely has plenty of fans.

    Oh, yeah, I guess others besides hardcore Danny fans appreciate the pure ‘wow’ moment of that look up =)

    lol, maybe people who don’t like him should just turn the sound off and watch.

    That is a rather, err, effective part of Danny’s music video, lol!

  22. Josie, evidently I explained my point poorly…… :O
    First, I was addressing the comment made that telling someone how to think and what to say wasn’t being fair. I was saying that it was merely an opinion….my opinion… as to what is uncomfortable for me when Danny begins his *encouraging and inspiring* mini sermons. I really like many of the idols and want to hear them sing…but am so turned off by Danny’s *preaching*. I hear it has trying to direct me….you see it as powerful inspiration. You are a great Danny fan, no doubt about it…..it is just a BIG turn off for me. I may be the only one with this reaction but just giving an opinion.

  23. lol, maybe people who don’t like him should just turn the sound off and watch.

    I’d rather watch Ace Young talk about nudity, but I can’t get the vid to load. :-(

    but am so turned off by Danny’s *preaching*. I hear it has trying to direct me….you see it as powerful inspiration. You are a great Danny fan, no doubt about it…..it is just a BIG turn off for me. I may be the only one with this reaction but just giving an opinion.

    You are not alone…so I am not going to click on this if he is continuing with that story arc. Good luck to him. Not my thing.

  24. it is just a BIG turn off for me. I may be the only one with this reaction but just giving an opinion.

    I’m sure you aren’t the only one; and that is what makes life go round; different strokes for different folks. Its a good thing there are so many different artists for us all; life would be boring, wouldn’t it if we all liked the same things.

    I find many aspects of some of the other Idol’s performances and behavior a big turnoff also, or simply find them boring, but find it pretty easy to avoid following them. Unless there is something really ‘controversial’; then I can’t avoid putting in my 2 cents, lol.

    And I appreciate MJ posting news by all the different Idols. Danny’s many fans who love and support him thank you!

  25. I thought that was a great Soundcheck interview. Danny looks really cute and sounds at ease.

    There are probably some people who don’t know his story and how much his late wife inspires him, so it seems reasonable that it’s mentioned in the interview.

    Anyway, nice job Danny.

  26. And I appreciate MJ posting news by all the different Idols. Danny’s many fans who love and support him thank you!

    Happy to agree with this!

  27. I enjoyed Danny’s interview. You can tell he really appreciates his fans.

  28. I could see where Danny’s “movement” talk could turn people off. But just like every artist, folks not liking him won’t matter as long as he has a core of folks that do. Also working in his favor, he’s looking mighty good these days. :)

  29. Danny is such an open and honest person, the opposite of a “snake oil salesman”…lol.

    For Danny, although it may be referred to that way, this really isn’t a “story,” but rather life for him. I do think he is genuinely interested in helping other people. I think he always was this way, as evidenced by his commitment to charity even before idol, but I also believe that this has become a way for him to make sense and meaning come from his wife’s death.

    As for it not being about the music, well, I beg to differ. If there is one common sentiment that I hear from new listeners to Danny, it’s “Wow, that guy can sure SANG!” He is a singer’s singer, and with Danny it really is about the vocals/music.

  30. Pixie, thank you for the compliment in calling me a great Danny fan. I appreciate that. He has a lot of great fans, but they’re not all as comfortable in speaking up about him “in the ring” so to speak as some of us here are. I hope you will not be offended that whenever you offer criticisms of Danny, it is very likely that you will get a response to that, just as people exchange views about all the contestants. It is not intended to try to shut you down. When I “talk” to you, I am actually talking to a much broader audience. There are a lot of lurkers on this site, some Danny fans and some not so much. I have learned from participating on this site that sometimes even when it seems like no one is listening, that is not always the case. I have watched Danny closely for over a year now, ever since I decided that I was going to speak up for him. I am glad to have opportunities to present what I think is the truth about him, so actually I am happy for you to share your thoughts. It gives me an opportunity to present a different perspective. It doesn’t mean that I think you are not entitled to your own perspective. Even though I guess we will always be in disagreement about Danny, as I said before, my criticism of your posts is not intended as personal. See you at the next Danny thread! ;)

  31. As for it not being about the music, well, I beg to differ. If there is one common sentiment that I hear from new listeners to Danny, it’s “Wow, that guy can sure SANG!”

    Lol, that is true. Except when it’s guys coming into contact and hearing Danny in person for the first time, usually it’s “Dude can sing!” I think I saw one form or another of that at least twice just last weekend from people who happened to hear Danny backstage getting ready for the Opry, before his formal performance even started.

    One was a singer who was at the Opry from out of state. Another was part of a group of students from a music program in Boston area, who were tweeting very excitedly about hearing Danny sing and also that he gave them a private music clinic backstage at the Opry in between his sets. Neither appeared to have been devoted fans of Danny before going to the Opry and having a chance to hear him sing.

    That music clinic was really nice of him to do, especially given how busy he was that night. He signed autographs and posed with fans for pics for over an hour before the first of two Opry shows that evening, and then performed for both shows. He was also supposed to have had another interview with Brian Mansfield.

    Tweet from one of the students who also posted a photo.

    Danny Gokey backstage!!! This trip gets better and better!!! http://yfrog.com/5m40joj

  32. Why does he always pimp his dead wife? Enough already.

    Danny’s wife encouraged him to audition, and it was devastating for him to have lost her. They were together 11 years, the last 4 as husband and wife. I lost my dad suddenly, after he and my mom were married for 40 years. Not a day goes by hardly that we don’t mention him. That is probably the closest relationship there is on earth, and having been there with my parents, and I myself almost married for 25, I can surely understand why Danny talks about her a lot. Does not bother me.

    I, too, loved the interview, and am so happy that things are going so well for him. Keep plugging, Danny.:-D.

  33. Jpfan: Weird. On another thread I thought you claimed to be a 60 year old plus person loving on Adam. Then your posts disappeared. Maybe I got that wrong.

    But I’m really happy for Danny. I thought the interview was great!

  34. Danny is going to move on from this. Give him a chance to be human. He obviously misses his wife a great deal, and is dealing with his grief in the best way he can.

    Have a listen to his CD. It is amazing. You can really feel his emotions pouring forth from the music.

    Like him personally or not, this is some fantastic music.

  35. I think you misread my post about Adam. I just posted he had older fans in response to someone who said his fans were under 30. Then I felt that was OT and deleted it.

    I’m not a big fan of anyone from S8 but would put Danny on the top of my list. I like the emotion he puts into his singing. I did throw Kris a few votes on the finale and liked him on tour. Adam’s an interesting guy but just not my thing.

  36. Like him personally or not, this is some fantastic music.

    This. The most important thing! I will buy music that is great music no matter the artist. Honestly, AI is the only area I follow their personality anyway. And My Best Days is great music.

    I’m not a big fan of anyone from S8 but would put Danny on the top of my list.

    Wouldn’t have guessed that JPfan, but glad to hear it. And, lol, I see you are realizing now what us hardcores have been saying all along; in regard to appearance and physique, Danny Gokey is one fine man! I think Sony Nash must have much better hairdressers and outfitters than AI; also he is in much better shape now that he isn’t grieving and stressed as much as during AI.
    The result is nice =)

  37. I am a new fan of Danny. I misjudged him on Idol and am very sad I did. Shame on me! I am a big Adam fan and never really gave Danny a chance on Idol. Big Mistake! My friend told me I should give Danny’s new song a listen to, I did and WHAM! I loved it! I pre-ordered his CD from his site and have since bought 50 or more for family and friends. Danny is a fantastic artist and I am so happy I get to enjoy his rich voice.

  38. AmericanIdol8:
    03/16/2010 at 11:59 am
    I am a new fan of Danny. I misjudged him on Idol and am very sad I did. Shame on me! I am a big Adam fan and never really gave Danny a chance on Idol. Big Mistake! My friend told me I should give Danny’s new song a listen to, I did and WHAM! I loved it! I pre-ordered his CD from his site and have since bought 50 or more for family and friends. Danny is a fantastic artist and I am so happy I get to enjoy his rich voice.

    That’s nice of you to post. I hope you get to see Danny in concert something this year, either with Sugarland or one of the other dates Danny has on his agenda. He’s even more WHAM! in person, lol :)

  39. My friend told me I should give Danny’s new song a listen to, I did and WHAM! I loved it! I pre-ordered his CD from his site and have since bought 50 or more for family and friends.

    Wow, you bought way more albums than anyone I know! Danny should give you a personal shout out, lol!

    And you haven’t even seen him live yet?! Steph is right; usually it is when people see him live and especially meet him that they fall under the DAnny spell. He has all kinds of club shows in addition to the Sugarland tour coming up (although buy tix immediately; they have been selling out fast) so I do hope you can see him. I think Adam dazzles you; Danny woos you.

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