Danny Gokey and Natalie Grant Celebrate All the Wonder of the Christmas Season
It’s their third annual Christmas tour! The set is still beautiful, the artists dressed in finery and their voices (can this be?) are richer and fuller as they sing classics and hits together and separately. Approximately 1700 Wisconsinites gathered on a snowy night in Oshkosh Wisconsin – on the cold shores of Lake Winnebago to enjoy a wonderful night of music. Classics songs of Christmas, like “Holy Night”, “Mary, Did You Know”, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “White Christmas”, “This Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and many more!
In Danny Gokey’s set of songs,”Lift Up Your Eyes” seemed to be a crowd favorite. It produced a lot of spontaneous clapping to the beat by the audience. He also sang his soon-to-be-released new song, “Just Haven’t Seen It Yet” as he encouraged listeners to hold on to hope and God’s plan for us. “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and “Mary Did You Know” rounded out his singles performed. Unfortunately there was not enough time in this Christmas concert for Danny’s other CAC hits of “Rise” “Hope in Front of Me”, “More Than You Think I Am”, “Masterpiece” or “If You Ain’t In it”.
Our evening at the concert started with over 100 people in the VIP event! In an effort to safe guard the voices of the artists, we did not have a meet and greet. Instead a Question and Answer session with Danny and Natalie. The promoter of the concert asked for questions to be emailed prior to the concert.
Of course I sent the promoter 6 questions. Since there were only time for four questions, I was surprised that two of the four were mine!
- In most concerts, the artists do blocks of songs independent of the other artists. How did the integrated style of concert for the Christmas Tour come about? Answer: When they first discussed the tour, they sat down and this just came together as a natural way for them. Its their favorite kind of music and they love singing it together. Initially they both wanted “O Holy Night”, but now Danny feels its best with Natalie. And he has “Mary Did You Know”. They wish more concert opportunities were organized like this.
- Were you a good student? We know the answer from Danny: No. But in order to graduate from high school he had to get on the honor roll his senior year since he had skipped so much school in previous years. He pulled his grade point average up to 1.9! Natalie said she never got in trouble since she is such a people pleaser and got along well in her classes, but she also wasn’t excited about high school, either.
- Lauren Daigle is promoting her new songs on Jimmy Fallon, Dancing with the Stars and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. What is your reaction to the secular appearances and the criticism she has received for appearing with Ellen? Answer: Both Natalie and Danny feel we shouldn’t judge Lauren or Ellen. Also they felt it was the mission of Christians to go beyond their comfortable surroundings and go out “into the world”. Danny felt similarily criticized for not testifying to his faith in Jesus on “American Idol”. He felt that would have turned people away, not bring them closer.
- Favorite Christmas Traditions? Answer: Of course Danny talked about food: Because of his wife’s upbringing, they are bringing in lots of new international foods as traditions to their holidays. But from his childhood, he loves HAM. But not the salty, country cured type. He loves honey glazed ham. Natalie said that her fondest memories are singing Christmas carols around the piano at her family’s gatherings.
Their encore, The Prayer, is just beautiful. So glad it was released as a single! Check it out HERE and on this instagram post from Danny:
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This duet I do with @nataliegrant on our annual Christmas tour captures such a special moment in our show. It’s not only a great musically and vocally but the message is exactly what we need to hear in the times we’re experiencing!! Tag 3 people who need to hear this! #merrychristmas #theprayer #healtheworld #musicheals
And the snippet of news I teased on? It was shared with me that there are some great things developing with “Better Than I Found It” that Danny can’t wait to share!
Catch some of the beautiful photos of Troy Lechleitner below by swiping left below:
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The #CelebrateChristmasTour is ALWAYS SO good….#blessed to have seen it three years in a row @dannygokey @nataliegrant @xtinatinnielle @sheetsy @tonytonedog @hgpromotions @patrickrgear @menomineenationarena @dannygokeynews @bernieherms #concertphotography #DannyGokey #NatalieGrant #highgearpromotions