Danny Gokey‘s first single has hit the radio — and it’s not quite the big belter you might expect.
The No. 3 finisher on “American Idol” last season got his first airplay on a station in his hometown of Milwaukee Friday morning with the single “It’s Only.” The song was written by Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum and produced by Mark Bright, who’s worked with Carrie Underwood.
As you might expect with that crew, the song has a country vibe to it. There are also hints of inspirational music — also no surprise, given Gokey’s background as a church music director. What’s largely missing, though, is the big voice that made Gokey a favorite on “Idol.” Only in the last 30 seconds or so does he really rev up.
The song will be available for download in December; Gokey’s first album is due in March. But take a listen, courtesy of this audio-only YouTube clip:
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