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Interview with Danny Gokey for his last second Wild Bill’s gig; ‘Idol Gives Back’ raises $45 million so far

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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).

58 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
2:12 pm

45 million pretty good for recession-time “IGB”.

Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
2:12 pm

And I didn’t scream FIRST!!

JTesla

April 23rd, 2010
2:38 pm

Best of luck to Danny, I hope he does well.

“He’s also working on a line of glasses.” Well that beats working on his own line of perfume/cologne, which everyone else seems to be doing.

Just Neg

April 23rd, 2010
2:43 pm

Something tells me that Danny will have a pretty solid career. He has the right voice for radio.

everett

April 23rd, 2010
2:46 pm

Hey Mercedes, glad you’re here.

Apparently a poll was published the other day about the Best Ever Idol Perfomance. Suggestion was that Crystal’s performance this past Tuesday was the pinnacle. I went back and listened to Fantasia’s “Summertime”, Adam’s “Mad World”, and a host of others: Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, etc. I have to agree that Crystal was the best.

Any other opinions out there in blog land?

KPH

April 23rd, 2010
2:57 pm

Everett do you have a link to that poll or do you know where you saw it? I dont know if it was the best Idol performance ever but it is the best so far this season. IMO.

everett

April 23rd, 2010
3:06 pm

KPH, hi! It was on the MTV Newsroom website and it was originally written by Kyle Anderson in “Music.” I found it when I googled Crystal Bowersox.

KPH

April 23rd, 2010
3:07 pm

Rickster

April 23rd, 2010
3:25 pm

I wish Danny’s show wasn’t at 11:00 at night. Otherwise I’d think about going.

I hope his career does build gradually. He’s too good to be a one-hit wonder.

Rickster

April 23rd, 2010
3:26 pm

You mean “Ring of Fire” by “The guy who finished second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”) didn’t make the survey? :-)

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2010
3:33 pm

How can any poll on this subject actually work? The fans will mostly vote for their favorite singer, not so much the best performance.

My favorite singer is Kelly. My favorite performance is harder to pin down. Clay’s Bridge Over Troubled Water was brilliant. So was Melinda’s My Funny Valentine. Kat’s Over the Rainbow was lovely. Fantasia’s Summertime was emotional. Daughtry’s Walk the Line was amazing. Carrie’s Alone helped us see a whole new side of the shy girl with the great voice.

Seriously…how can anyone pick?

Jean

April 23rd, 2010
3:36 pm

Love Danny.

He seems like such a great guy and a really hard worker. I saw him live and was shocked at how fantastic he was and what good stage presence. I would urge anyone in the Atlanta area to go see him tonight; no one ever regrets seeing one of his live shows.

Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

If you absolutely HAVE to see a movie where you can figure out exactly what will happen next; who the traitor will be, in whose bed the pretty girl jumps, what horrible end the bad guys will come to, etc. – there IS a movie for you opening this weekend: “The Losers”. Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Izzy’s dying fiance on “Grey’s Anatomy”, Zoe Saldana (from “Avatar”) and Jason Patric (from ???) it does have some amusing moments and some phenomenal stunts.

Rickster

April 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Seems like Simon could afford to make a substantial contribution to Idol Gives Back:

Simon, You’re A Rich Man
http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/346474/simon-youre-a-rich-man/
Posted Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:38am PDT by Lyndsey Parker in Reality Rocks

Earlier this week on “Larry King Live,” Simon Cowell stated that he had no qualms about leaving “American Idol” after this season and would not miss the show. Well, no wonder. It’s pretty easy to quit your day job when you’re worth 165 million pounds (approximately $300 million)!

According to Britain’s Sunday Times, which just published a “Rich List” of the U.K.’s top 20 music millionaires, Simon has in fact enjoyed a $61.5 million, or 38 percent, pay raise of sorts over the past year. This is mainly due to Susan Boyle, the runner-up on one of his other massive reality-show ventures, “Britain’s Got Talent,” who is signed to Simon’s Syco Music record label. SuBo’s debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, was 2009’s worldwide biggest sales phenomenon, selling more than 10 million units to date since its November release.

Simon still isn’t Britain’s richest music mogul–among those who earn even more are former “American Idol” mentor and theater impresario Andrew Lloyd-Webber, recent “Idol Gives Back” performer Elton John, the Rolling Stones’ Mick ‘n’ Keef, Paul McCartney, Sting, and, most interestingly, “Idol” honcho Simon Fuller. But thanks to SuBo, Cowell has moved up to 11th place on the British millionaires list, even advancing ahead of the Simon Fuller-managed Beckhams, David and Victoria.

I can only imagine that during the interim between his departure from “Idol” and the U.S. launch of his “X Factor” show, Simon will be sitting on a giant pile of British sterling and Susan Boyle CDs, on some private island, eating peeled grapes and cackling maniacally over his good fortune. Either that, or he’ll be scrupulously poring over the details of his prenup with future bride Mezhgan Hussainy. But missing his old “American Idol” gig? Um, probably not.

Below is the Sunday Times’ full “Rich List”:

1. Edgar Bronfman & family (1.64 billion pounds)
2. Clive Calder (1.3 billion pounds)
3. Andrew Lloyd-Webber (700 million pounds)
4. Cameron Mackintosh (635 million pounds)
5. Paul McCartney (475 million pounds)
6. Simon Fuller (350 million pounds)
7. Mick Jagger (190 million pounds)
8. Elton John (185 million pounds)
9. Sting (180 million pounds)
10. Keith Richards (175 million pounds)
11. Simon Cowell (165 million pounds)
12. Olivia & Dhani Harrison (160 million pounds)
13. Jamie Palumbo (150 million pounds)
14. David & Victoria Beckham (145 million pounds)
15. Tim Rice (140 million pounds)
16. Ringo Starr (140 million pounds)
17. Tom Jones (135 million pounds)
18. Eric Clapton (125 million pounds)
19. Roger Ames (120 million pounds)
20. Barry & Robin Gibb (110 million pounds)

everett

April 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Rickster, Kris (the guy who actually won) did make the survey with his rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Adam’s “Ring of Fire” did not, although “Mad World” did.

I confess, David Cook was my favorite winner. His “Billie Jean” was in the survey even though I thought several of his performances eclipsed that one.

The beauty of American Idol – personal preference. I realize it’s just television, but the possibilities (think Carrie Underwood here) are fun to contemplate.

KPH

April 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Nope Rickster he didnt make it. As I said above I dont know if that was the best performance ever on Idol but she is at least in my top 5 now. You are right Deirdre there are many great ones to choose from.

kelly&carriefan

April 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Mercedes, Jason Patric from Speed 2: Cruise Control…and also, The Lost Boys. ;)

Danny seems like a nice guy and if I cared enough, I’d go, but well, “something suddenly came up.” (Goodbye, Peter Brady!)

As far as Crystal being the BEST. Performance. EVER. Umm… I think D nailed it. That’s pretty hard to pin down to just one. As much as I love Kelly (who wins my fave singer hands DOWN), and loved Stuff Like That There…I can’t discredit Carrie’s Alone or Cook’s Billie Jean, or Kat’s Over The Rainbow, etc.

everett

April 23rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Deirdre, you’re right about polls (any polls) not working. I don’t put a lot of faith in them. Just thought it was interesting and might spark some conversation here.

Sorry, cannot get into the Danny Gokey glasses subject.

JTesla

April 23rd, 2010
3:57 pm

I’ll also add to Jason Patric’s list one of my favorite movies: The Beast.

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm

For all us Idoloonies(as Michael Slezak refers to us)picking a “best performance” is tricky. We have our favorite performers but sometimes the best performances come from someone else.

I was never a Fantasia fan…still am not…but her Summertime brought tears to my eyes.

Chikezie’s She’s a Woman….heck, that was fantastic but he didn’t do anything remotely that good either before or after.

sam

April 23rd, 2010
4:36 pm

Fave performance, Kelly – “Some of That There” – spectacular. Also loved Clay’s “Bridge..”. “Solitaire…”, and Dave Cook’s “Music of The Night” and “The First Time Ever….”.

sam

April 23rd, 2010
4:38 pm

Make that “Stuff Like That There” – always have trouble with that title.

kelly&carriefan

April 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Sam, I think you have it right, I’ll have “some of that there.” :mrgreen:

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Rickster

April 23rd, 2010
4:47 pm

Lists of “Best Ever” anythings are great for starting conversations and generating discussions, but not much else.

Hope everyone stays dry and safe with the nasty weather that is heading our way.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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JTesla

April 23rd, 2010
5:30 pm

Now for a list of REAL “WOW” moments

McPhee’s yellow dress wardrobe malfunction.
McPhee’s writhing on the ground rendition of Black Horse and a Cherry Tree.
Kelly Picklers prom-dress pictures leak.
Kara’s dress ripping shot at Bikini Girl.
Paula’s talking but I can’t focus because the pups have come out to play.
Haley Scarnato discovers that her legs just don’t stop, and they get votes.

And the winner is:

Carrie Underwood as a bad girl rocker singing “Alone.” I haven’t seen an awesome transformation like that since I watched Grease as a kid.

JTesla

April 23rd, 2010
6:04 pm

Also, let’s not forget Lil Rounds who came complete with a shelf that you could place a pitcher of beer, the remote control, and a bag of chips on.

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2010
6:15 pm

Oh JT…you’re probably going to get in trouble for that one! :lol:

Lynn

April 23rd, 2010
6:30 pm

Not able to make it to the club for Danny Gokey’s show, but sure wish I could.

5000 person capacity? Wow, had no idea on that, hope he gets a great turnout. They should see and hear a quality show based on what I saw at another venue where Danny performed earlier this month. Came away just so impressed with his vocals and how he had matured as a stage performer with his band. Very fun evening.

JTesla

April 23rd, 2010
6:45 pm

What?

Nothing but admiration.

felicia

April 23rd, 2010
7:15 pm

I like Danny’s commercials. They are short, cute, and funny! The baby is sweet.

JTesla

April 23rd, 2010
7:26 pm

Another “wow” moment came thanks to Danny: Allison Iraheta covered in cake.

That reminds me, are the Idol’s in the mansion again?

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Nutmeg?

April 23rd, 2010
9:39 pm

I think Fantasia’s “Summertime” is probably the most raw of all the performances, but Crystal’s “People Get Ready” is right up there. That sweet spot of incredible talent and overwhelming emotion is tough to nail, and I can’t help but believe you have to have felt deep pain in order to go there. Lambert’s “Mad World” was beautiful, Clay Aiken’s “Bridge over Troubled Waters” was fabulous, and several of David Cook’s songs (”Billie Jean,” “Music of the Night,” “Hello”) still get play on my iPod. They’re actually more re-playable because they’re less emotional comparably.

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2010
9:52 pm

linny, if you get on tonight, check your l_ove email.

Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
10:30 pm

Of course, kelly&carriefan… “Speed 2″ – how could I forget. And “Rush”, a much hyped, wretchedly bad movie from 1991. And how could I forget that Jason Patric ran off with Julia Roberts after she dumped Kiefer…and he turned down “The Firm”… and Jesus in Gibson’s “Passion”. A man of many missed opportunities, that Jason.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 23rd, 2010
11:58 pm

deirdre – if you check here before you leave tomorrow, i responded to your e-mail…YES! great idea!

Lisa

April 24th, 2010
7:22 am

I agree with the above choices for great performances in Idol history but none of them brought tears to my eyes like when Danny G performed What Hurts The Most. The words + his story were chilling.

I hope he does well in his career. He genuinely does seem like a great person. I’m excited that he is opening for Sugarland when I see them this Summer!!!

Deirdre

April 24th, 2010
8:51 am

linny…change of plans unfortunately. We won’t be traveling to Athens today after all. Check your email again.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 24th, 2010
9:21 am

did you send email to work or the l_ove one? i kind of figured when i saw the rain that you might not be coming this way. oh well. be sure to let me know if/when you do!!!

Hank Williams Jr.

April 24th, 2010
9:22 am

Deirda, whats an IDOL LOONIE??
IS THAT YOU??

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 24th, 2010
9:24 am

Nutmeg, your most recent post, to me, says it perfectly! great insight.

Deirdre

April 24th, 2010
9:40 am

linny….I replied to your email. I practically had to nail hubby down this morning despite the rain. He didn’t sleep all night for coughing. He needs to rest.

We WILL do this! Soon!

Deirdre

April 24th, 2010
9:41 am

Thank you Lord for waiting until THIS weekend to bring in the rain. Last weekend couldn’t have been prettier!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 24th, 2010
10:04 am

only problem with the rain **today** is that it’s been so beautiful the last few weekends, and THIS is the weekend that thousands descend on Athens for the Twilight Criterium, a (i think) 30-year tradition of bike races and activities in this area. In fact, before they started the now-defunct tour-de-Georgia, the Criterium was THE bike race to go to in Georgia (people from all over would come here for it) and i think with the tour no longer running, they hoped to have a huge turnout. So what ONE day is it supposed to rain? THE day of the races, LOL! of course!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 24th, 2010
10:06 am

although it rained pretty hard until about half an hour ago — it’s all quiet, birds chirping, no rain at the moment…. hopefully it will stay this way for a while and they can get some of the races and rides in.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 24th, 2010
10:09 am

although, i guess there is “something” going on every weekend somewhere — someone had to end up with the rainy day, eh?

Deirdre

April 24th, 2010
10:25 am

Well, I’m disappointed that I’m not going to Athens but it has more to do with hubby being sick than the rain…although this morning was so bad we didn’t want to go anywhere. Another line is heading in this direction now. It’s going to be an interesting day.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 24th, 2010
10:43 am

well i hope he feels better quickly. coughing is so exhausting, it’s hard to recover from anything when you can’t take a good breath!! prayers that way, g’friend

Mercedes S.

April 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

For really bad cough D, nothing is better than Tussionex ext-rel. WIll knock you out and let you rest.

Mercedes S.

April 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

Prescription, btw.

Nutmeg?

April 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

Linny–thanks. :)

C-Dogg

April 24th, 2010
5:47 pm

Hey JT,glad someone else gave credit to the “shelf” lol

C-Dogg

April 24th, 2010
5:50 pm

as far as great “moments” on the show Lambert’s Satisfaction was right up there in that it sent a message that a “game changer” had shown up and Idol would never be the same.

DecaturCyn

April 24th, 2010
7:33 pm

Great moments? Two non-competitive rock performances really blew me away — Adam Lambert with Kiss and Fergie with Heart.

Lanae

April 25th, 2010
3:16 am

Crystal best ever? Jesus H. I don’t think so. I only ask to pass me whatever you people are smoking and maybe I’ll see the deliverance as well. Until then. She’s just “meh”.!!!!!!!

Lanae

April 25th, 2010
3:19 am

I do have to say that Adam’s Mad World was my favorite ever. I had Tears For Fears Mad World “tape cassette” in 82. It was one of the best albums ever and was way better than even their “Songs From The Big Chair” album, which put them on the charts in American music.

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