September 04, 2009 09:00 AM by Britteny Elrick
American IdolÂ finalist, Danny Gokey, has finally signed a record deal.Â The third runner-up will join forces with 19 Recordings and RCA Nashville to create a country-inspired album, which is far from the R & B album he originally intended on releasing.Â Throughout the process of competing on Idol, Danny says that he realized this is where he belonged.
“I didn’t realize the ‘Idol’ experience would give me a musical direction, but it did,” said Gokey. “There were country songs that I performed on the show, and it was the message and the feeling in those kinds of songs that helped me realize that country is where I belong.”
He added, “I grew up in a family where I was exposed to music from artists like Alan Jackson and Wynonna and Brooks & Dunn, and when Randy Travis was on the show and asked me if I’d ever considered country music, it was one more sign of where I knew I needed to be.”
According to Billboard.com, Sony Music NashvilleÂ chairman Joe Galante told USA Today that they were completely thrilled about their newest addition.Â ”We absolutely love Danny. We haven’t had anybody like that since Ronnie Milsap or T. Graham Brown.”
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