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”.
Danny Gokey on the TobyMac Deep Hits Tour in Portland, OR
Well, first of all, I managed to score seats in the second row, thanks to the diligence of Jan and Danny Gokey News! The site let me know exactly when the tickets went on sale. I’m kinda of a Luddite, though, and I scramble to complete the transaction before the clock runs out. I swear I clicked to get the prepaid parking, but it didn’t go through. So that led to a saga. I’d had a rough week at work the previous week, so when February 17th dawned, I was tired and cranky. And yes, the parking situation turned out to be the nightmare that I feared. But on to more interesting things . . .
Going through the security line, I wished I had brought my good camera. The security person barely looked at my camera. We did have to go through metal detectors. It’s sad but that’s the world we live in. I’d rather everyone be safe. I also got wanded, although I’m not sure why.
As I think Jan noted previously, the setup, aside from the main stage, involved a strip of stage that extended into the audience area on the floor, about to the middle of the arena. I was sitting on the floor, row two, about the middle of the section that was left of center. I really did appreciate that they left sufficient space between rows so that no one felt crowded. It made up a little for the fact that the rows on the floor aren’t elevated, but for someone as vertically-challenged as I am, it wasn’t much help. Toby wasn’t kidding about the “hits,” because I recognized most of the songs — even songs by Finding Favour and Ryan Stevenson, with whom I am not that familiar. Aaron Cole kicked things off on the strip stage mid-venue. And (I hope I’m not mixing this up) Finding Favour was next on the main stage, then Ryan Stevenson appeared on the strip stage. (I do remember Ryan singing “Gospel” on the strip stage. Interesting factoid: Ryan is originally from Oregon. He’s also a former paramedic.)
Next up was Mandisa. I can’t say enough good things about this warm, engaging woman. She has a real charisma and presence about her. And she sure knows how to dance up a storm! It’s very clear that she means everything she sings. Highlights were her hit “Overcomer,” and, for me personally, “Bleed the Same,” a song that really strikes an Continue reading “Recap: Ellen at the Hits Deep Tour with Danny Gokey”→
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW)- Community members were asked to bring donations of school supplies for Fill a Backpack Fill a Need to see a concert performed by Wisconsin native and American Idol alumni Danny Gokey.
The Christian singer has prioritized family both at his shows and behind the scenes with his band members.
“Just be there on the bus and just kiss your kids goodnight that makes it worth it,” said Gokey’s guitar player Miguel Perez. His wife and three children were with the band in Wausau and even took in a little fun at the 400 Block’s splash pad before seeing Dad perform.
“The fact that we can have families out here having a good time building a rapport with each other is amazing,” bassist Eric Ramey said. “Bringing back that foundation of family is important. It’s the foundation of who we are,” said drummer Bernard Bell.
Ramey and Bell say band members have also become like family because they spend so much time on the road together. “So, the family aspect is there, I treat him like my brother,” Ramey said of Bell.
Danny Gokey returned to his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to perform on the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage of Summerfest! It was his third concert at the World’s Largest Music Fesitval (11 stages, 800 bands and more than 800,000 attendees) since placing 3rd on American Idol. There was a huge crowd for Danny’s “all age” performance at 6 PM on Sunday, July 2nd.
The Worship in the Adirondacks is a two day Christian Music Festival at the Word of Life Ranch in rural Pottersville, New York. It was also the reunion spot for three longtime Danny Gokey fans: Maria, Anne Marie and Jan. While it had been years since we’d all been together (a Carribean Sophia’s Heart cruise?), our friendship was renewed over a Danny Gokey concert — and a good, old fashioned summertime drenching!
On Friday, June 23rd we journeyed to the little town of Pottersville in Upstate New York to attend the Worship in the Adirondacks Christian Festival. We were looking forward to seeing Jasmine Murray, Ryan Stevenson, Unspoken, Steven Curtis Chapman and our fave, Danny Gokey for the 1st day line-up.
Skies were threatening and turned into a full deluge as we had to pull off the highway to wait for better visibility. Fortunately it soon cleared and we arrived at the large, but soggy, festival area.
Did you think I would SKIP seeing Danny Gokey return to his hometown on The Next Very Thing Tour?
I didn’t think so.
When the tickets went on sale I managed to snag two tickets from the Ticketmaster phone App. It told me they were the “Best Available” tickets when the Casting Crowns pre-sale started. I’ve been burned by letting the ticket seller pick my seats (Eau Claire for the Celebrate Christmas Tour….) but I was on my phone at work. So, I grabbed them, checked out and hoped for the best.
I’ve already posted the video of my darling hubbie interviewing Danny Gokey after the “Celebrate Christmas” show at the Zorn Arena in Eau Claire, so I doubt I could top THAT; but I will give you a little recap of my weekend!
First up, a little bit from the Question & Answer before the concert:
What is your favorite song?
After Natalie said a hymn, Danny said “Give Me Jesus” to which Natalie joked “way to self promote, Danny” and burst out laughing. I love their camaraderie. She said they are like brother and sister and he agreed cause she picks on him but since he grew up with 4 sisters who picked on him, he’s used to it.
What is on your bucket list?
Natalie answered that one of hers has already happened and that was headlining Carnegie Hall but another item she hopes to come true is to live in NYC for 6 months. Danny jokingly said he hopes his album sells a million copies but then in excitement said one item is going to happen in the summer because he has a booking in Hawaii. Wow. Did we know this? (Editor’s note: Yes, we did, but a date and specific location has NOT been announced….)