I just found out that Danny Gokey, last year’s second runner up on American Idol, has signed a record deal with RCA Nashville. Yep, that’s what I said. RCA Nashville, the country music arm of RCA Records. (Photo Credit for Danny Gokey Photo at left: Michael Becker/FOX)
I saw Danny on American Idol. I thought he did ok. However, I did not think of him as a country singer then, and I don’t think of him as one now either. But the strangest thing about all this is that Danny doesn’t even think he’s a country singer!
"There’s no twang in me," Danny said, "but I love the message that country [has]. … Like, could you honestly see me talking about, like, booty and shakin’ it, being like, ‘Hey, girl!’ I’m just not that type of artist. Country music kind of houses the message that I like, and I can still talk about the things in my music that still goes on in that genre."
Danny did tell an MTV reporter back in July, that he had “found a producer, Mark Bright, that he wanted to work with. Bright has produced albums for Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Lonestar and Sara Evans.”
Danny’s debut album is expected to release in March 2010. And the label is saying a single should hit the radio stations by late fall.
What bothers me most about all this isn’t the fact that Danny somehow managed to get a country recording contract … what bothers me most is that there are so many really talented country artists out there, who have been working their butts off for a lot of years, playing every bar and honky tonk in the country, and they can’t find a label that will sign them. Someone needs to remind Danny what John Rich said on “Nashville Star” the last season the show aired … John was talking to one of the contestants when he said, "Coffey, wearing a cowboy hat doesn’t make you country, man. I’m not hearing one country sound come out of your voice right now.” (I love John Rich)
We’ve had a lot of this over the past few years. I think Tiffany, some pop singer from the 80’s, is the most recent one I’ve heard of. It’s almost as if singers who can’t make it in their own genre wake up one morning, sit up in their bed, rub the sleep out of their eyes and say “I’m going to be a country singer”. As a very, very long time country music fan, I have to tell these singers that is just not the way it’s done! You’re either country or you aren’t. And Danny, I just don’t believe you are. Is that Adam Lambert kid doing anything these days? Will someone please keep him away from the Stetson store! I certainly don’t want him getting the idea a Stetson hat and a pair of Justin boots will win you an ACM award.
I have received so much positive mail about Nick Nicholson! And I would really like the people at RCA to see in Nick what his fans all across the country are seeing. Nick is so talented. I can’t say enough good things about him. But whatever goes on behind the scenes in the music industry is a complete mystery to me, and I know I won’t ever understand why Nick doesn’t have a record label. This isn’t about Nick this morning though, it’s about Danny. (However, you guys will hear me talking about Nick a lot in the days and weeks ahead. Because he’s that good! And I’m not about to keep all that to myself.)
To help you all decide what you think of Danny, check out this YouTube (audio) of “You Are So Beautiful.” We can go back to that John Rich quote now … "Coffey, wearing a cowboy hat doesn’t make you country, man. I’m not hearing one country sound come out of your voice right now.”
Time to get ready for work. See you all later. Hope you have a good Thursday.