Artist Spotlight: Danny Gokey

Danny Gokey performs Thursday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $5.

If you’re a Danny Gokey fan, opening day of the 2010 N.C. State Fair is sure to be one of the “best days” of your life. Why? Because the country singer will perform songs from his debut album My Best Days on the Dorton Arena stage. Gokey’s performance will mark the first of the 11-night concert series.

My Best Days, released in March, debuted at No. 4 on U.S. Billboard charts. Full of hope and emotion, the album features hit singles such as “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” and “I Will Not Say Goodbye.”

Gokey’s musical career gained a new-found purpose after the unexpected death of his wife, Sophia. Finding solace in his lyrics and musical inspiration in artists such as Wynonna Judd, Tim McGraw and Vince Gill, Gokey soon became a household name through his music.

With soothing and soulful songs as well as upbeat and spirited tunes, a central message that comes through Gokey’s music is a reminder to look optimistically toward the future:

I’ve got sunsets to witness, dreams to dance with
beaches to walk on, and lovers to kiss.
There’s a whole lot of world out there that I can’t wait to see.
My best days are ahead of me.”

The video below is just as uplifting as the lyrics. Check out Gokey on Thursday, Oct. 14, at the N.C. State Fair. Tickets are $5 and are available at

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About SweetCorn

Katie Ray interned for the N.C. State Fair in 2010. This is her bio from that year: Normally, I’m known as Katie Ray. However, from now on, I’ve decided to be referred to as Sweet Corn—after all, who wouldn’t want to be nicknamed after a vegetable that tastes like candy? Growing up on a small dairy farm, I have always held the N.C. State Fair close to my heart. From the livestock and rabbits to the deep-fried food and rides, I truly do love every aspect of the Fair. Through this blog I hope to spread my enthusiasm for and keep y’all informed about 2010 Fair happenings!


  1. I saw Danny in concert at the Frederick Fair and he puts on a fantastic show. If you have not seen him perform live you are missing something – he is awesome. Bought his album and love it – lots of great songs.

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  3. Kathy Leeman

    I saw Danny with Lady A. in Allentown and he was wonderful. If you get a chance to see him don’t pass it up. I bought his CD, brought it home and my family heard it. They loved it and went and downloaded it from Itunes. My kids (in their twenties) and I live in NY and we are all going NJ to see him again. Yes He is that good. Better in person if you can imagine than on this video.

  4. cheryl fields

    Can’t wait to see & hear him live!!!

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