Danny Gokey might sing about his best days being ahead of him, but I believe they’ve already begun. Gokey was a favorite of mine on Season 8 of “American Idol.” His personality, style, grace, perseverance and infectious optimism was an inspiration to contestants and viewers.
Danny Gokey might sing about his best days being ahead of him, but I believe they’ve already begun.
Gokey was a favorite of mine on Season 8 of “American Idol.” His personality, style, grace, perseverance and infectious optimism was an inspiration to contestants and viewers.
Gokey remained a favorite, despite the media’s obsession with the flashy, flamboyant Adam Lambert. Yet Kris Allen was destined to win the title. It was just a matter of time before the music world would embrace Danny’s message.
His debut CD, “My Best Days,” is a testament to the kind of man we saw blossom on America’s biggest TV talent show.
Each week Danny tackled the theme to come out with a winning performance, often impressing guest mentors and judges alike. One mentor, Randy Travis, took the time to tell him that he has a voice and a heart for country music.
That week, Gokey performed a cover of Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts The Most,” the best performance of the night.
As much as I admire Travis, I wouldn’t have limited Gokey to just country music.
That’s the beauty of pop music — it can cross over. I believe Gokey could sing anything and make it golden.
It so happens Gokey chose to pursue Travis’ thoughts and release his first album, a country gem.
The album debuted at No. 3 its first week, eight positions better than Allen did with his first release.
What I found most interesting when previewing the full CD was that no matter what genre, the music was going be totally Gokey. “My Best Days” shows that.
“Best Days” opens the 10-track set, a nice mix of upbeat country tunes and heartfelt ballads with meaningful, spiritual lyrics.
“AI” judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi penned the track “I Still Believe” for Gokey. Remember, she hinted at knowing the kind of song she wanted to write for him while he was on “AI.” I believe she was right. This track should become a single and perhaps a big hit.
Gokey’s cover of “What Hurts The Most” on “Idol” perhaps inspired the songwriter. Jeff Steele, along with Marv Green, wrote “Tiny Life,” in which Gokey gives his best effort to prove he’s worthy of all the accolades. It should be his next single.
Other highlights include “Get Away,” “It’s Only,” and “I Will Not Say Goodbye” to which you can only assume he’s singing about his late wife, Sophia.
To carry on his wife’s legacy, Danny formed the Sophia’s Heart Foundation in her memory. To make a donation, visit www.sophiasheart.org. Maybe your donation can help someone else have their “best days” ahead.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.