Danny Gokey News & Discussion- December 2018

Danny Gokey performs at Zorn Arena Celebrate Christmas Tour

Its that most wonderful time of the year!

Its Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey Band performing on the Celebrate Christmas Tour!  For info on the tour, click HERE.  Two of the shows are sold out.

Danny Gokey Natalie Grant perform Zorn Arena Celebrate Christmas Tour

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Danny Gokey and backup singers perform at Zorn Arena - Celebrate Christmas Tour

Thanks to TroyWL for sharing his talents with us. We can’t wait to see the 2018 tour photos!

103 thoughts on “Danny Gokey News & Discussion- December 2018

  1. I published a day early because the Christmas tour is underway and i have to post here a few videos I have found. <3

  2. I hope everyone that is attending Danny and Natalie’s Christmas Tour will comment here about it. 🙂 The Prayer is so beautiful. Was wondering if it could be nominated for any awards in the future..

  3. That is different. Admin 2? But the new comment is in white so you can still read it…

  4. I was bored and made a change

    I can put it back or keep it this way, let me know what you all like.

  5. Cindy.The Prayer is beautiful.

    l can get used to grey screen.Its easy to look at.

  6. My screen is still white. The writing is still black. Snow is blue.

    The comment box, where I am writing before I post, has a dark screen–almost black. The writing there is white.

  7. The feature I had for the snow effect the past year or two isn’t there anymore, but I found a new one that let’s us tailor the colors.

    We’ll have to see if it stays blue 🙂 It seemed like the right choice last night, it’s been unusually cold where I am. Brrr.

  8. We had the real stuff in Wisconsin today! Just check out Danny’s insta-stories to see how excited he was to be back in WI and have snow!

    I will be sharing my trip to see the Christmas show on Saturday night. You probably have noticed my tweets about it from the DGNews twitter and Instagram account. I also have some short videos, etc.

    And maybe a tidbit from Danny himself…. no time with Santa Ed and Danny this time– when he is on this tour with Natalie, they really do try to limit their exposure and rest their voices.

  9. Just seeing if this will load:

    Danny & Natalie

    Let me know if this GIF gives you a headache! I can replace it with a single photo.

    Look at the height of Danny’s hair….

  10. I feel like the grinch who stole Christmas, but yes, Jan, the gif really does give me a literal headache. I am not fully recovered from my car accident, and one of the things that hasn’t budged is my sensitivity to sound and light (which includes fast action as well as flashes of light).

  11. OT since this seems to be a quiet week. From one of my favorite singers and tied to upcoming movie

  12. Oh my, ADMIN2. The song is so pretty and sad. Clint Eastwood has been my favorite actor since I was in high school. Many moons ago. I remember going to the drive-in to see Dirty Harry with my future husband. Yes, a drive-in. He was soooo handsome. He still is. You never want to let the “old” man, or “old” woman in. 🙂 I’m working on that now. 😉

    I read that Toby Keith spoke with Clint Eastwood at a charity golf tournament, and discussed Clint Eastwood’s upcoming 88th birthday. Toby asked Clint what keeps him going. He replied, “I just don’t let the old man in!” And, that became his new song..

  13. Thanks for the video, Admin2. And that sounds like good advice, Cindy.

    Unfortunately, my degenerative joints in my hands and feet frequently remind me that an old person is trying to get in….

    Today I had to hand the manual cookie press to my daughter when we were making Christmas Spritz cookies.

  14. I think the song is pretty, but…I had to take early retirement (because of health problems) and quit driving long before I expected.

  15. All of you are so young.

    I agree. I have my aches and pains. For me, I think the mental aspect of getting old needs to be worked on. 🙂

  16. I found it interesting to listen to Mark L. talking about MDYK and his thoughts on what she might have ‘known.’ I read a blog earlier this week about the song that was discussing the lyrics. He had better answers than the blog-writer was giving him credit for.

    This can be such a tricky area for songwriters and performers sometimes, thinking about this example, or the recent mini-kerfluffle that Lauren Daigle got into.

  17. I had to go back looking for the early video of Danny singing the song, before it became more polished and eventually recorded.

    I think this was the first one? Still is powerful. Very well suited to his voice, among other attributes of course.

  18. Yes, that is the 1st time. I believe the church wanted him to sing their worsip team’s areanfement of this very song. I found the recording at Christmas Eve and Danny got very excited to see/hear it …

    He copied it to his youTube channel and shared it.

  19. I’m clearing slipping…. Danny actually beat me to posting about the toy dropoff in AL…

    You know, working fulltime is definitely cutting into my ability to scoop Danny on his news. I saw the article and video about it last night. But I was too tired last night and too busy at work today.

    But, I did put up a nice post on it.

    Anyone wanting to be a reporter for DGNews? 🙂


  20. That is great news about the televised concert, I hope a lot of people see it.

    One of the artists I follow on the country music side just put this on Youtube, brought back some DG memories

  21. That’s great news! I can’t wait to watch.

    Was listening to Tennessee Christmas today on our way to our son’s. 🙂

    Pink snowflakes. 🙂

  22. I haven’t got her newest music, but The Blade was great. I also like her earlier songs like this one – I saw it on CMT or GAC video channels, first time I’d been aware of her but I really liked it.

  23. I’ve been meaning to post about Danny and Christmas music. Of course, the Sony-era version of “O Holy Night” by Danny is a classic in my eyes. Ditto almost any version of “Mary, Did You Know?” by Danny. I’ve heard both songs done by others artists, but rarely if ever better. Those are my two favorites.

  24. This deserves to be heard every year at Christmastime. I only hope I can get the video to display, and not just the link.

    The Sony-era version of Danny singing “O Holy Night,” circa 2009 or 2010:

  25. Admin2, I am very grateful to Danny for introducing me to country music. I thought I hated it. I remember a time when I thought than Danny’s former labelmate, Chris Young, sounded too twangy. LoL, little did I know!

    Windmills at MJs (now deceased) introduced me to Ashley Monroe. I checked her out and liked Ashley’s music. (I do not, however, like The Pistol Annies.) I also love love love Mickey Guyton. I do remember Windmills talking about her, too, but I think I discovered Mickey on one of those country music surveys thingys that I used to do. (I stopped doing the surveys because the songs I liked — usually by female artists — never got any traction at country radio.)

  26. I am so glad I bought the Kohl’s Cares CD, which has the Sony version of “O Holy Night” on it!

  27. For those who chose to read it, here is a harrowing account of the Camp Fire that burned Paradise, California. It is not easy reading. But it will make you think of many things, including whether your community has sufficient routes of egress to get people out of the path of fast-moving disasters such as wildfires, volcanic eruptions and their immediate sequelae (pyroclastic flows, lahars, etc), flash floods, and so forth.


  28. OK, the 12:06 a.m. post was supposed to say “NEVER got any traction at country radio.” Even with the edit feature, I still make mistakes!

  29. Did you like this version of Masterpiece better than Danny’s, Admin2? The instrumental version is very pretty, IMO.

    Yes, “Andrew Gorkey” is a odd combo of their names…. editor asleep?

    “The Prayer” is moving up nicely (and should be also at Billboard after this week’s slump) on Mediabase.

    lw tw
    25 19 MARC MARTEL O Come All Ye Faithful 337 279 58 1.782
    23 20 MATT MAHER Glory (Let There Be Peace) 294 281 13 1.647
    29 21 CASTING CROWNS Gloria/Angel We Have Heard.. 287 247 40 0.74
    27 22 LAUREN DAIGLE Winter Wonderland 285 267 18 0.918
    17 23 UNSPOKEN Just Give Me Jesus 275 371 -96 0.752
    31 24 STARS GO DIM Christmas Is Here 263 229 34 1.953
    39 25 DANNY GOKEY/NATALIE GRANT The Prayer 261 180 81 1.877
    22 26 WE ARE MESSENGERS Maybe It’s OK 253 285 -32 2.98

    4th highest spincrease on the chart today

  30. My heart goes out to the people of Paradise, and all who have experienced such devastation. We have three ways off this mountain. Some dirt roads that are hard to travel. Worse case… we’d all head for the large lake. 🙁 Earthquakes are another matter. We always keep plenty of food and water in the house.

    I really have enjoyed listening to Danny’s Christmas CD. 🙂

  31. Harrowing account of the Camp Fire, Ellen.

    And to think that the man that risked his life to save his house now has a house that no one will want in a town destroyed by fire….

    A dear friend of mine is from Paradise. Through the years I had talked about joining her when she went back for a visit. Both of her parents passed away a few years ago and she no longer had that tie to Paradise. Now everything she remembers from her past in that town is gone.

  32. Last post about disasters — for now! 😈

    I should have added tsunamis to my list. You can’t outrun an earthquake, and shouldn’t try. But the tsunami that follows, if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water like an ocean, can be predicted and will follow within a certain time frame, depending on the location of the earthquake vis-à-vis the vulnerable area.

    Oregon is finally paying attention. The Cascadian Subduction Zone earthquake of 1700 is estimated to have been a 9.0. The tsunami that followed wiped out Native American villages along the coast. One current community on the Oregon Coast moved its elementary school after determining that students could not get to high ground within the likely window of time before a tsunami hit. But for other communities, there is no high ground. Also, evacuation by car isn’t feasible in most cases. It’s essentially run for the hills! Or walk quickly! In either case, that is difficult for the mobility-impaired to do.

    Jan, I am so sorry about your friend with ties to Paradise. Small consolation, but at least her parents did not have to go through the wildfire.

  33. Getting back to Danny and Christmas music ~

    I remember hearing “Lift Up Your Eyes” on the radio last year. It is an original Christmas song co-written by Danny, but it sounds like a classic to me. That is hard to do. There are so many traditional carols, religious Christmas songs, and secular Christmas songs out there, competing for attention.

    My favorite Christmas carol is “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”

  34. One thing (among many!) that I don’t like is how radio plays Christmas music too early, then stops the day after Christmas. ☹️ 😧 😬 👿 Does Christian radio do this as well?

    Advent is not the Christmas season! The season commences on Christmas (or Christmas Eve, in my book) and continues at least through the Twelve Days of Christmas, January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany.

    I really mourn the loss of the real Christmas season. Growing up, I remember visiting grandparents on both sides of the family. (We lived close enough to do this.) Then after Christmas, we started visiting other family and friends, often folks who we didn’t see much during the rest of the year. (E.g., more distant relatives like great aunts/uncles, second cousins, in-laws of aunts/uncles, etc.)

  35. Huge jumps on Billboard for The Prayer

    Hot Christian Songs #25
    Christian Airplay Greatest Gainer! #16 (lw 36) A jump of 20 spots!!! Its marked as “Award” for being the charts greatest gainer.

  36. Oops, not supposed to be blue. Trying again 🙂

    Glad to see The Prayer charting. Since it’s not purely a Christmas song, perhaps it can continue to run on the charts past Christmas week more than some more seasonal releases.

  37. Oh, but I love the blue snowflakes! The color of the ice on the top of a glacier (though I have forgotten why that is so).

  38. Danny is very busy. I had such a nice time at his concert this fall. Hope he comes back our way, soon.

    Lovely memories, Ellen.

  39. Although I do think the blue snowflakes are prettiest, I am not the only person who visits this site, Admin2, so if you want to change the color of the snow, please do so. I do have one request, though: please do not turn off the snow immediately after Christmas, but let it run at least through the Twelve Days of Christmas, if possible. Many thanks for all that you and Jan do!

  40. Posters wrote about pink snow. I thought mine was a light purple. Then they wrote about blue snow. Mine was green.
    My color snow now appears black. I like all my colors.
    I’ve written before that I have black writing on a white background. I believe that changed for some of you.

  41. Via Danny’s Instagram account, he reports he is shooting his music video for Just Haven’t Seen It Yet!

    So surprised he is THIS busy at this time of year.

    He also said he is going home for Christmas this year. Good for him!

  42. So exciting to be watching Danny on my TV. He sounds and looks great! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a whole hour of “Danny Gokey Christmas” next year. 🙂

    Yes, glad he will be home for the holidays…

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