Thriving, shining a light – Danny Gokey on the Hope EncounterTour

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You CAN Go Home Again*

While there was HUGE love for Danny Gokey in his hometown of Milwaukee during his run on “American Idol” it can be hard to sustain that support from local news and music critics when the cameras of AI were turned off.  Today’s article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “A decade after “American Idol”, Danny Gokey is thrives with first headlining tour, new record deal”  says a lot about the growth of Danny’s music career. It must feel really good to have this positive article in his hometown newspaper!  Interestingly, the things Danny said about his purpose in 2009 are now coming true, such as:

“Three days after the arena-packing “Idol” tour came to Milwaukee’s Bradley Center, Gokey announced a record deal….”I want to be an entertainer with a cause.”

Some other excerpts from the article:

“But a decade after his fateful audition for the singing competition show, Milwaukee native Danny Gokey is achieving new milestones.

Last year’s “Rise” — Gokey’s second album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian albums chart  — earned Gokey his first Grammy nomination this year. He recently signed a deal with Capitol Records, joining a roster that includes Paul McCartney and Katy Perry. He’s filming a promising pilot for a reality show.”

And this daunting reveal:

“This is the biggest undertaking I’ve ever done. There are hundreds and hundreds of dollars in overhead,” Gokey said. “We’ve got three buses and a semi. … We’re spending $60,000 just on the fuel. It’s nerve-racking,”

And this sounds pretty good!

The releases recouped their costs, Gokey said, leading to a bidding war that led to the Capitol deal. “I’m thankful for the last label, but as we grow bigger, we needed bigger teams and stronger teams,” Gokey said. Capitol will be releasing new music before the end of the year,

Read the full article HERE.

*”How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves. You can never go home again.” From “A Death in the Family” by James Agee 

Flashback: Danny Gokey with “The Fonz”

Danny Gokey Day in MKE -the Fonz

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.

You can read the full article HERE.

Danny Gokey and the Bronze Fonz

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””

Sleeker, Cohesive Album: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Danny Gokey

Danny Gokey leaning against brick wall.

“Following an awkward attempt at a country career, Milwaukee native and “American Idol” season eight finalist rebranded himself as a Christian pop singer”

With an opener like that, you can guess it can be hard to please a hometown critic… but things do get better. And better, just like Danny Gokey.  

“It was the right move. His 2014 album, “Hope In Front of Me,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart, and the album had two top five songs on the Christian singles charts. It sold twice as many copies as label BMG anticipated….

“Gokey has since been nominated for six GMA Dove Awards…. “Rise,” is a more cohesive and sleeker album, its songs closely aligned with the arena-packing stylings of TobyMac.” — Piet Levy for the MJS
 To read the full article, click  HERE
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