Danny Gokey, "I Will Not Say Goodbye"

73 Billboard Rating

"American Idol" viewers became familiar with Danny Gokey's story last year: The young artist's wife, Sophia, died in 2008, shortly before his audition for the show. Gokey now channels that pain and grief into an emotionally riveting performance on this poignant single and the second offering from his debut album, "My Best Days." He sings, "I don't want to feel better/I don't want to not remember/I will always see your face in the shadows of this haunted place/I will laugh, I will cry/Shake my fist at the sky, but I will not say goodbye." Gokey knows the meaning of those words all too well, but he delivers a performance that is heartfelt and personal without being maudlin. This beautifully crafted song gives him the chance to share his soulful voice in an especially moving way.

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