On Aug. 19, 2008, Milwaukee got what’s now one of its most “selfied” landmarks: the Bronze Fonz.
Recently the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about the statutes 10 year anniversary, and of course it included a photo of Danny Gokey and the Bronze Fonz.
The life-size statue of “Happy Days” character Arthur Fonzarelli, aka The Fonz, is a must-see for visitors. Lake Mills-based artist Gerald Sawyer created the sculpture. The TV show was based in Milwaukee and ran for 11 seasons — from 1974 to 1983.
So when Danny Gokey came home to Milwaukee as a Top 3 Finalist in May of 2009, it seemed natural that Danny would stop and visit the Fonz, hang out with some Green Bay Packers, have a parade, a record setting hometown concert for “American Idol” at the Summerfest Continue reading “Flashback: Danny Gokey with “The Fonz””→
We don’t often do flashback posts, but tonight Lauren Daigle is scheduled to perform “Back to God” with Reba McEntire at the Academy of Country Music Awards. It reminded me of Danny Gokey performing on the Fremont Street stage with Lady Antebellum way back in April of 2010. It was one of the fantastic opportunities he had while promoting his debut album, “My Best Days”. The free concerts were (and are still being held) prior to the Awards ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Dave Proctor Photography.)
This is what CMT News had to say about Danny’s performance:
Danny Gokey, the third-place finalist from last year’s American Idol, is also just getting started, but with a successful debut album, he already has a legion of fans who were pleased to hear “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” as well as his next single, “I Will Not Say Goodbye.” He’s a confident performer, belting out album cuts such as “Be Somebody,” “Get Away,” “I Still Believe” and “Life on Ya.” He also covered two of Rascal Flatts‘ biggest hits, “What Hurts the Most” (which he had performed on American Idol) and “Life Is a Highway,” later tossing in Elvis Presley‘s “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” to complement the old-school Las Vegas vibe.
When Danny Gokey left country music, we thought it was the end of his performing on one of their award shows. Now we say, “Never say never”!
Here is Danny performing his second single, “I Will Not Say Goodbye” in Las Vegas
Here’s Reba’s announcement of the duet with Lauren Daigle.
Danny Gokey joined Brandon and Jamelle Fraley of “Two Story Road” at Belmont University for the “Curtain Call Award” honoring Brandon. (Photo thanks to Katherine.)
The Curtain Call Award is presented annually to a School of Music alumnus in honor of achievement in the field of commercial and popular music. During an interview on stage Wednesday night with Bright, Brandon shared his experiences at Belmont and working in the music industry after graduation. He was joined on stage by many friends including Danny Gokey, Cindy Morgan, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Chris Rodriguez, Steve Sinatra, Justin Eason, and Todd Wines. For the finale he performed with his wife, Jamelle, and country artist Hunter Hayes.
While being band leader for American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, Fraley found himself on tours with artists such as Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw.
To read the full article honoring Brandon Fraley, click HERE.
Danny performed his song Crazy Not To with his former tour mates. We sincerely wish someone had taped their whole performance, but we thank Leyicet for this clip.
Looking back can be fun, and I hope you enjoy this little piece of almost forgotten Danny Gokey history!
Six years ago, after Danny told everybody how much he loved his hometown of Milwaukee on the 8th Season of “American Idol”, the voters responded in the Shepherd Express annual competition by making him
Six years ago, Danny Gokey’s fans weren’t sure what was going to happen for their favorite artist. The “American Idol” Live Tour was over. Danny had signed a record deal, but not many details were coming out. What kind of music would he release? Would there even be an album? Would his fans get to see a full DG concert? Continue reading “Flashback! Danny Gokey’s First Post “American Idol” Concert!”→