In Honor of Memorial Day: “I Will Not Say Goodbye” by Danny Gokey

Flashback to 2010, but maybe something new fans haven’t seen?

This song and the importance of not forgetting those that gave all for our freedom deserves repeating. 

Memorial Day. A day to pause and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. To honor their legacy, we want to remember them and dedicate the following songs to our lost military and first responders.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” -George S Patton

“I Will Not Say Goodbye” is sung by Danny Gokey and it was his second single with RCA Nashville. The studio version is available on his album “My Best Days”. Danny is accompanied  by Brandon Fraley on piano and with background vocals.  You can acquire the original song from Amazon HERE.

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Oklahoma City Bombing Remembered

Danny Gokey performs at the OKC memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Danny Gokey was the guest artist for the 24th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  Twenty four years ago, on April 19, 1995 a car bomb placed by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, happened at 9:02 am. It killed 168 people, injured more than 680 others, and destroyed one-third of the building.

The ceremony commemorates those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. After the bagpipes and the invited speakers enter, Danny opened the ceremony by singing “I Will Not Say Goodbye”. Unfortunately the audio for this song is not good.  However, I love that Danny was invited to sing such a beautiful and appropriate song for this remembrance gathering. Continue reading “Oklahoma City Bombing Remembered”

Flashback to 2010: Danny Gokey’s Pre-ACM Awards Concert

Danny Gokey performs on Fremont Street 2010We 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.

Our sincere thanks to Dave Proctor Photography for granting us limited permission to use DG photo.

To see more of his work check out his facebook page or website.

Video: “I Will Not Say Goodbye”, by Danny Gokey, In Honor of Memorial Day

Memorial Day. A day to pause and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. To honor their legacy, we want to remember them and dedicate the following songs to our lost military and first responders.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” -George S Patton

“I Will Not Say Goodbye” is sung by Danny Gokey and it was his second single with RCA Nashville. The studio version is available on his album “My Best Days”. Danny is accompanied  by Brandon Fraley on piano and with background vocals.

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#FlashbackFriday: Danny Gokey with the Artists of “Two Story Road”

Danny Gokey Belmont U (2) (430x378)

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.

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