Whenever I write about Danny Gokey, I always want to start out by saying, I like Danny’s voice, I liked him when he was on American Idol, I think he has a future in the recording industry, I know he has a lot of fans out there, and I so admire him for his work with Sophia’s Heart, but …. I just don’t think he’s a country singer. With that said …
“My Best Days” is the name of the new single we’ve been hearing all over country radio recently. It’s also the title of Danny Gokey’s debut album. The former American Idol contestant turned country singer, seems to be making quite an impact on the country music world. It will be very interesting to see what happens with the next single Danny releases.
I haven’t had a chance to listen to the entire album yet. And while I think “My Best Days” is a good song, I’m still not sure that Danny is a great country artist. It’s easy to look back at the country charts over the past 20 years, and see how many singers had one song that pushed it’s way up the charts – after that, we rarely heard from them again. They might have had a second release that didn’t go anywhere, and some even tried a third single. After that, they just kind of drifted out of the picture, and off to wherever it is all of our “one hit wonders” end up.
I don’t think Danny is going to be one of those “one hit wonders”. He’s too good a vocalist for that. But I’m not sure we’re going to see him staying within the boundaries of country music. I expect him to push over into pop – a transition I think he could make easily. And while I’m sure he will at one point open up for some of country’s major artists, if he ever headlines his own tour – I’m not sure it will be in country music. And I’m not sure it will be any time soon.
I just checked Danny’s list of upcoming shows, and I see he’s going to be at Cotton-Eyed Joes in Knoxville on April 1. That’s a Thursday night, and I don’t usually make plans to go to Knoxville on a weeknight, but it is just 90 miles away – so I might try to see Danny live for the first time. I’m sure all of Danny’s fans will want to keep their eye on his schedule to see when he’s coming somewhere near them.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful one!