63 thoughts on “Welcome to Danny Gokey News & Discussion – 7/03- 7/16/17

  1. Very nice article. Read the nice comments below until, there was someone who thought he was funny by saying, “Danny, who?” I hope they realize how silly (being kind) they are by even bothering to comment.

    Summerfest looked like a fun day for all.

  2. correction… Who? Not, “Danny, who?” Either way, meant the same. 😉

  3. Which do people think is more important: new album or touring?
    I think touring is. As busy as Danny is, I think he has possibly reached a point of not being able to do everything he wants within the time frame he wants. Maybe he wants a new album out soon, but tour opportunities keep happening.
    Because of time demands, I go with the choice of continuing to release singles from the current album and to tour as much as possible. Maybe the singles won’t go to #1 because they aren’t new. But they might go top 20 or top 10?
    It seems Danny releases two or three singles then goes on to a new album. If he released 6 or 7 singles from an album, maybe the singles I like would finally get chosen. 😉

    (The singles I want will , of course, be huge hits–if they are just given a chance!)

  4. Danny mentioned at Summerfest that he would have 140 tour dates this year.

    I think that is an incredible number. It might also be the reaDon I am behind on entering the Mango dates on our calendar 😉

    I think they will have to shove Danny in the writing room a few times to craft the next album. But with success may come more, better songs debt to him. Ones that he only has to personalize and he gets writer credit?

    TC has stalled in the upper teens, but it still is a young song. Hopefully it will get a new push. 🙂

  5. Happy 4th of July to all!
    Always love to hear Danny sing the National anthem!
    Wow Jan 140 tour dates??!! He’s really busy, and I am really so happy for him.

    I hope all you are having a fun celebration!

  6. Things are holding OK on TC on Billboard. I’m hoping they are resting it before a big push….

    Danny Gokey:
    “Rise” [Album]: Christian 38 (RE)
    “Comeback”: Christian Airplay 13 (13); Christian Songs 16 (15); CAC 20 (19)

    TC did get one monitored station adding it on Monday:
    DANNY GOKEY – The Comeback Stations: KCMS-FM

    KCMS is an FM radio station licensed to Edmonds, Washington, serving the Seattle market. It broadcasts a Contemporary Christian music format branded as Spirit 105.3.

    We’ve seen a lot of really big stations adding it. But not Syndicated WAY-FM, yet.

    Station Market Format TW lw Move ovn am mid pm eve Aud
    KJNW-FM Kansas City Christian AC 41 47 -6 11 5 10 8 7 0.084
    WLAB-FM Ft. Wayne, IN Christian AC 39 41 -2 10 7 7 8 7 0.047
    WJIE-FM Louisville Christian AC 37 37 9 6 7 7 8 0.041
    KTIS-FM Minneapolis Christian AC 36 32 4 9 7 8 5 7 0.415
    WONU-FM Chicago Christian AC 36 35 1 7 4 7 8 10 0.037
    KLV-FM >K-Love Network Christian AC 33 34 -1 8 6 7 5 7 2.087
    WRBS-FM Baltimore Christian AC 31 33 -2 8 5 5 6 7 0.206
    WBSN-FM New Orleans Christian AC 31 32 -1 8 4 6 5 8 0.034
    WCVO-FM Columbus, OH Christian AC 30 30 7 5 6 4 8 0.063
    KLJY-FM St. Louis Christian AC 27 25 2 8 3 6 5 5 0.201
    X032-FM >SiriusXM Christian AC 27 29 -2 7 5 5 3 7 0
    KXOJ-FM Tulsa Christian AC 26 26 6 4 6 3 7 0.092
    WCSG-FM Grand Rapids Christian AC 24 26 -2 6 3 5 5 5 0.094
    WDJC-FM Birmingham Christian AC 24 26 -2 9 1 4 5 5 0.067
    WBFJ-FM Greensboro Christian AC 24 20 4 4 5 7 2 6 0.014
    KAXL-FM Bakersfield Christian AC 23 33 -10 6 3 4 5 5 0.026
    KSOS-FM Las Vegas Christian AC 23 21 2 6 4 5 3 5 0.079
    WAKW-FM Cincinnati Christian AC 23 19 4 7 6 3 5 2 0.101
    KDUV-FM Visalia-Tulare Christian AC 22 18 4 5 2 6 3 6 0.045
    KTSY-FM Boise, ID Christian AC 20 22 -2 6 5 4 5 0.019

  7. I got ALL but the last four ROotD Tour posted on our calendar. Whew!!

    I seldom look at our site stats (although I do watch the Facebook followers) and my post on the Rise Out of the Dark tour dates had 2,300 visitors come to our site that day! I think I beat Danny with the tour dates by a few hours 😉

  8. I don’t know who wrote this review of Danny’s album HIFOM for iTunes, but I like it 🙂

    Danny Gokey’s experiences as an American Idol finalist and country artist lend a certain confidence and polish to his debut Christian release, Hope in Front of Me. But really, the album is best seen as a new beginning for a singer/songwriter who’s endured his share of setbacks and tragedies. Gokey’s appealing voice—at once strong, gritty, and yearning—is matched with an outstanding batch of songs cowritten with such notables as Matthew West and Marcus Hummon. With production input from Keith Thomas (Amy Grant, Chris Mann), Josh Crosby (Owl City, Matt Kearney), and Bernie Herms (Natalie Grant), the album has a crisp, assertive sound. Gokey connects with classic soul/pop grooves on “Take It to the Limit” and tempers his gruff style with sweet falsetto highs on ballads like “Pretty Beautiful.” The Spirit-centered tunes are vulnerable and resonant, with “More Than You Think I Am” and the title track striking particularly deep. If there’s an emotional center to the album, it’s “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again,” a survivor’s anthem that touches on Gokey’s loss of his wife Sophia, even as it strikes a universal chord of healing.

  9. “You got it!”

    Not really. 😉 Sometimes the links work; sometimes they don’t. That is what leaves me wondering if they will or won’t. I think I do the same thing, but I don’t get the same result every time.
    Fortunately, you follow behind with your magic correcting my mistakes: links, grammar, etc.

    Sometimes you even correct spelling for people when a word is better if it is corrected. 🙂

  10. Jan,
    You said we needed another version of TYHTBA. That is what you said, right? I found one for you. I think there might be a 1000 plus versions. I didn’t listen to many, but it was interesting to look at what was available.
    This ones sounds a little different. 😉 🙂

  11. Thanks Lurker, It’s Danny at a slightly faster speed. I’ve seen these type of videos seem to like Danny that way 🙂

  12. Well, this is the most vivid description of the over excited fan that I’ve ever seen from Danny. I’m warning possible viewers that it may be too much information:

  13. I like to see TC getting some new stations. Especially big ones or should I say, the biggest one? (Other than the syndicated stations.)

    DANNY GOKEY The Comeback
    lw: Jun 25 – Jul 1 TW: Jul 2 – Jul 8
    Station Market Format TW lw Move ovn am mid pm eve Aud
    KFSH-FM Los Angeles Christian AC 2 2 1 1 0.004

    WAY FM just started playing TC last week:

    108 41 Up this week DANNY GOKEY The Comeback 14 1 13 0.117

  14. What will Danny do if his baby decides to come the day of a concert?

  15. Most of Danny’s events until September 6th are at festivals. I would guess he would miss the event.I would be more concerned (if I was Leyicet or him) if he was far away and not able to get back quickly…

    They could also schedule an inducement of the baby (when it is closer to full term) when he is home? Considering the size of their first two, and that they are trying to slow down labor, I think a scheduled birth would be an available option…

  16. I hope Danny never has backup singers and definitely not backup dancers.
    When a singer has backup singers, it seems they are saying “I need help. I don’t sound so good by myself.” Danny doesn’t need help. His voice can carry a song.

    I really dislike backup dancers. Danny wouldn’t do this, but I particularly dislike when singers (usually women singers who think they are sexy) have lots of dancers reaching their hands out to touch them. Ugh!

  17. Just my view but I like having back-up singers for live concert performances. Especially in comparison to backing vocal tracks which I’m not a big fan of.

    It worked well when Danny had Brandon and especially Jamelle on his country tours. Though I imagine the logistics of having a female backup singer on a CCM band with a bunch of guys would be difficult.

    I know there are cases though where people use them to cover up weak vocals, or fill in/reinforce when the lead vocalist is running or dancing all over the stage and may not have the ability to deliver vocals solidly.

  18. “It worked well when Danny had Brandon and especially Jamelle on his country tours.”

    Yes, it did. Jamie seemed to me somewhat like a featured guest.

    I liked, too, the choirs Danny used on his Youtube videos.

    The things I don’t like, Danny probably would not do anyway. Not only that, but I don’t go to live concerts (just watch the videos).

    Some of the singers I’ve seen who have had the big productions I didn’t like were on TV award shows. Others I’ve seen pictures.

    One singer who does have a big production that I like is T. Swift. I think she provides a spectacular show that her fans love. (She can also afford 10 buses, as many hotel rooms as needed, etc.)

  19. I’m back from a trip to the East Coast. Have been reading here at DGNews, but don’t really have anything to say . . .

  20. Hi Ellen, I hope you had a good visit.

    I’d like to see Danny have backup singers, but I don’t think it’s a priority to Danny.

    So, instead I want to see duets with other artists 🙂

  21. Hi Ellen. Hope you had a wonderful vacation. If you’re going on your Alaskan cruise.. have a great time!! Alaska is beautiful!

  22. Cruise isn’t for a while yet. This was a trip to PA to see my sister, childhood friend, and some relatives, as well as attendance at a Jewish orthodox wedding on Long Island. OMG, can you spell F-O-O-D?

  23. From MJs:
    Danny Gokey:
    “Rise” [Album]: Christian 45 (19)
    “Comeback”: Christian Airplay 12 (13); Christian Songs 16 (15); CAC 20 (19)

  24. “Danny Gokey‏Verified account @dannygokey 18m18 minutes ago
    Meeting of the minds this morning to strategize for the next level! Love my management team! 🤓 #growing”

    “Next level” and “growing.”
    Do these words mean next level will be bigger? Sounds like it.

  25. Hi Lurker, I have no explanation on why a few of your comments were captured in the spam filter. I released two of them. The rest had pretty much the same content 😉

    It looks to me like you had the same email address. Odd. Usually they get stuck because it is an error in typing your email or ???

  26. Lurker, regarding Danny’s tweet/post. I love that his management seems to be able to position him for growth AND the next level. So cool….

    I do wonder if the attention that Danny is getting has cooled things a bit for Natalie, or was that a natural cycle for her? I think she welcomes the time off to be with her 3 daughters. She also has a very busy husband….. but I wonder if she gets frustrated with not getting the #1s she use to have?

    Danny’s TC is starting to pick up spins again.

    13 Up this week TAUREN WELLS Hills And Valleys 1019 1008 11 5.447
    15 14 Up this week ZACH WILLIAMS Old Church Choir 976 853 123 7.528
    17 15 Up this week MATTHEW WEST Broken Things 920 841 79 4.892
    16 16 Up this week UNSPOKEN The Cure 864 848 16 4.945
    18 17 Up this week RYAN STEVENSON The Gospel 810 790 20 2.223
    19 18 Up this week DANNY GOKEY The Comeback 807 756 51 4.745
    20 19 Up this week NEEDTOBREATHE Hard Love 764 704 60 4.99

    Natalie and Mallary are struggling:

    33 32 MALLARY HOPE Now 210 244 -34 0.606
    35 33 NATALIE GRANT Clean 208 214 -6 1.95

  27. I just finished adding Danny’s other 5 tour dates — and a festival for 7/22 that I had missed– to our calendar.

    What with the huge number of shows, I don’t know if I will take on adding them all to the DGNews Facebook page. While I was able to embed the DGNews calendar on our Facebook page, but it only seems to show on the computer version and if you look under schedule 🙁

  28. I searched elephants swimming.
    “Elephants in Africa have been recorded to have travelled a distance of 48 kilometers across water, as also swimming for six hours continuously.”

    “Like all mammals (except humans and apes, who have to learn how to swim), elephants are very good, untiring swimmers. Elephants move all four legs to swim and are able to move quite fast like that. Their big body provides enough floatation while the trunk acts like a snorkel.”

  29. “Forty-eight kilometers equals to twenty-nine miles. *Approximation …”

  30. Well, I’ve noticed that, just as in other music genres (lookin’ at you, country music), there are fewer female artists getting airplay on Christian radio. It’s nowhere near as bad as country, though. I hear Lauren Daigle, Mandisa, Jasmine Murray, Francesca B., etc. I like Natalie’s song “Clean,” and I hope it does well for her. Although I like Mallary Hope, I am not as fond of her song.

  31. It would be fun to see an elephant swimming (when it wasn’t distressed, of course)

    “Their big body provides enough floatation while the trunk acts like a snorkel.”” It looked just like that to me in the video, the elephant has a big advantage swimming in ocean waves with that long trunk 🙂

    I’ve had the D.C. CCM station on a few times in the car recently. I’ve heard both HIFOM and Rise, I haven’t heard The Comeback yet though I don’t listen for long periods of time. They are playing one or two songs of Lauren. I can’t say I really see anything special in her voice and the songs seem fairly ordinary. Maybe she has more appeal in person or on her videos than I hear over the radio. They are playing Mandisa’s Unfinished regularly. I don’t recall hearing Jasmine but I’m less familiar with that song. I have yet to hear Mallary.

  32. While I know Baltimore is playing TC, I don’t recall seeing that DC has added it. Nor has Madison :/

    But considering RISE is one of the top songs still being played, I guess I can’t expect them to be one of the earliest supporters of TC.

    We ae cruising along on Facebook likes– despite my minimal posts lately. 😉

    I will be putting up a nice gallery of photos from the WGTS concert. Just got permission from the photographer 🙂

  33. Jan, I certainly hope WGTS will be adding The Comeback if they haven’t already. They had a nice long concert from Danny, attended by a very full and positive crowd the other week.

    They gave Danny lots of promo that evening over the air as I heard driving there and back, and then the three video segments on their FB, plus more photos … Funny that I didn’t heard any of Danny’s songs in the broadcast that evening – maybe they were holding back on that encouraging people to go in person.

    August in NM sounds hot!

  34. I heard The Comeback the other day at around 4:17 p.m. (drive time!) when I was driving to an appointment. I think it was the Portland station, 104.1, but it might have been 107.1 instead. I’ve only heard the song on the radio twice. I still hear Danny’s other recurrent songs more frequently than that. We shall have to wait and see . . .

  35. Just watched the Crossroads video of HIFOM. As a bonus, there was a similar video of MTYTIA.

    In both videos, Danny had that soft, sweet look in his eyes. Having followed Danny pretty closely during his post-Idol career, like most people, there are a number of different facets to his personality. There is that sweet, idealistic side. During the country era, there were times when Danny channeled his inner Adam (at Summerfest, during an event on one of the cruises, etc.) Danny snarkily teases his wife Leyicet (who can dish it back better than Danny can serve it up). And Danny’s fun-loving side, which transcends whatever genre he’s singing in (i.e., Christian as well as country as well as R&B/disco/blue-eyed soul, etc.).
    For all the encounters I’ve had with Danny, I would never profess to “know” him. Know some aspects of him, maybe. But he (like most of us) is a complex human being. I just don’t get those who like to label Danny, one way or the other.

    So, that is kind of a weird, contemplative post, but that is how the video struck me.

  36. Hi Ellen, I like that video, too. And I am pretty sure it is a lot older than April 2016– Danny still has braces on his teeth, LOL.

    I can relate to your comment of, “I would never profess to “know” him. Especially when it comes to public figures, like Danny.

    I have worked closely with Danny in a variety of different ways…. and I do think there’s some mutual friendship and warmth. However, do I consider him my friend? Yes, in a way…. but in the conventional sense, he is not.

    I’ve seen some call him their best friend and it always makes me sad. For them. How they can bestow this honor on someone in his line of work? Someone that they can’t call to talk about issues and problems they are working through? Or to celebrate with? I need people in my everyday life as my closest friends.

    I have worked for one of our family’s best friends. Our families go back together over 30 years. Through raising our children — practically — together. And I’d have to say that seeing this person in a business setting has shown me a side I never expected. People are complex.

    Danny’s ability to relate to his fans is a gift. I can’t imagine the juggling act he has to maintain to share but not to let it drain too much from him.

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