Danny Gokey, who was in town just a few weeks ago to do a Best Buy in-store appearance, is back quickly to Gwinnett County, appearing at Wild Bill’s tonight. The venue is huge: 5,000. But the good thing for Danny is the place tends to draw big crowds on Friday nights anyway no matter who the entertainment is. If Danny himself can add a few more to the pot, it should be a fun night.
In fact, I told him this because he did sound a bit worried given the last-second nature of the booking (which was announced to me just Wednesday.) He had no clue why it was added so late. I think he was worried he’d be playing to a mostly empty venue. I suspect that won’t be the case. Ticket prices start at $15 and you probably should just show up, no need to buy in advance. He starts at 11 p.m. or so. But if you want some comfort, you can buy them here at ticketmaster.
His single “The Best Days Are Ahead Of Me” is edging up the charts. He is deeply aware of its slow but steady progress. He is also happy with CD sales (now up to 130,000) but said to get it much higher, he’s going to need a single to go top 10. It’s still a long slog for “Best Days,” which is at No. 26 on the Mediabase 24/7 country charts today, up 58 spins over the previous week.
“You have to win the gatekeepers,” he said, referencing the program directors at each country radio station. (Most are now playing the song, including 94.9/The Bull and Kicks 101.5. so at this stage, the stations are basing spins on how the song does with call-out research and requests. So far, plenty of stations are playing it once or twice a day. Once they sense a song has built hit-like momentum, they will up a song to four spins or more a day.)
“I’m fortunate I’m actually working,” he added. “I’m going to be persistent. I’m okay with things building slowly. I’m happy with what I’m doing. It’s only the beginning. I could be sitting at home doing nothing!”
He revealed the second single once “Best Days” starts losing steam: a Rascal Flatts-stylle ballad “I Will Not Say Goodbye.” He just finished the shooting the video for the song so it’ll be ready to go to GMC and CMT.
He was also thrilled that he was recently able to launch a music and arts program in Milwaukee through his charity foundation created after his wife died in 2008. He hopes to launch one in Nashville as well.
We talked briefly about his new endorsement deal for Wisconsin Vision. The ads just came out:
He’s also working on a line of glasses.
During the summer, he will be opening for Atlanta’s Sugarland. And he has a Sophia’s Heart Foundation cruise set up for February 2011.
- “Idol Gives Back” has raised $45 million so far. The past two “Idol Gives Back” specials raised far more though the 2010 total will likely go up a bit. In 2007, the inaugural version drew $70 million. In 2008, the special brought in about $60 million. Last year, “Idol” took the year off.
Charities that will receive funds include the Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation.
Donations can still be made online at AmericanIdol.com and by telephone at (877) IDOL-AID (877-436-5243; toll-free).