Danny Gokey comes back to Wisconsin as the headliner!
While I already had the Danny’s December Christmas show dates in Green Bay and Eau Claire, this announcement was months earlier and in the same town as some of our family! I bought 6 VIP/Artist Circle tickets even before I knew who could go.
These details ALWAYS work out for Danny concerts. <3
The day of the show we had a great lunch at our Pewaukee family’s house and we had plenty of time to visit and get to the venue.
Photo by Melissa Albrecht
Question & Answer “VIP” Session
We were able to get 2nd and 3rd row seats together and enjoyed the Q & A with Mark Schultz and Danny Gokey. Mark did instigate a “hug fest” which resulted in not much time for questions, but among the chaos Danny did answer a couple of questions—including mine! Well, it didn’t hurt to hear a few longtime fans say to Danny, “Jan’s got a question”, LOL!
I asked Danny how the upcoming song with Chris Tomlin came about. Danny seemed a little surprised we knew about their song “Impossible Things”. (Silly guy.) He did a little plug for Danny Gokey News on Facebook and Twitter. He forgot the website, Instagram and YouTube, but, hey, I’m not complaining. 😉
He said he got a call from Chris Tomlin asking him if Danny would sing on his upcoming album. He had to have Danny and nobody else. Danny was very honored—but how would he fit it in while he was doing the 24 Positive Hits Tour dates (in < 35 days) while trying to finish his own album?? He was sent the tracks and then he went into a recording studio in Salt Lake City while on tour to cut his portion of the song!! (Danny was in SLC on August 5th according to our calendar.) Danny said he didn’t know when it was coming out. I told him it thought it was being released October 21st. He laughed and said, “www.dannygokeynews.com really does know things before I do. I’m not kidding!”. More information on the song is available ->
The Sophia’s Heart Kids Choir opened the show with a few songs, and then returned to back Danny for two songs. We loved seeing their youthful energy! (My granddaughter was particularly impressed!)
Mark Schultz has a great sense of humor and voice. But I have to admit, I was having too much fun with my almost 2 year old granddaughter to give him my full attention. He sang a few of his songs, I particularly liked his song “Before You Call Me Home“, and talked about his work with “Remember Me Mission that helps children in Africa.
Time for the Danny Gokey Band!
Danny came on, all dressed in black, with a nice leather jacket – that he quickly shed it. But not before he sang, “This is What it Means” with that beautiful photo montage on the stage screens.
I really enjoyed the SH Choir backing Danny on this new song. (You can get it on CD with a pre-order at his shows– and “soon” per a recent message from Danny.)
Danny also sang: Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, Hope in Front of Me, More Than You Think I Am, Symptoms, How Great is Our God, Give Me Jesus (with the SH Kids) and a NEW song, “If You Ain’t In It”!
He left the stage, but the Milwaukee area fans weren’t having that. In Danny’s encore he went old school by singing “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” – joined by a special guest, Danielito Gokey!
A note about the crowd: The venue was FULL. They added as many chairs to the aisles as they could. Spring Creek Church lists the seating as 1850, but I’m thinking they crowded in ~2,000? And that is not counting Danny’s 20 family members attending the show! The crowd was VERY enthusiastic!
After Show Festivities
A huge signing line formed to meet, have a signature or a picture with Danny. We did wait in line to see Danny. I had a question about the new song and Ed needed a Danny hug. Ok, I wanted one, too. 😉
I had seen a short snippet of “If You Ain’t In It” on Instagram and had found BMI registered song of that name by Nate Chapman (Steven Chapman’s son & also Taylor Swift’s first producer!) It seemed possible that it was the song Danny recorded. When I asked Danny, he told me he wrote it and the one I found must be just a song with the same title. Later he sent me the names of the co-wroters, Brian White and Ben Glover.
It was a great night with family, Danny and his band were awesome, and it is always a treat to get back together with longtime fans when Danny comes home! A special shout out to Kathleen, Nicole, Joyce, Brad, Jean, Cori, Dave, Jenny, Wendy & Cookie!