Danny Gokey, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me"
Danny Gokey placed third on the 2009 season of "American Idol" and inked a deal in Nashville to pursue a country music career. He's off to a great start with this buoyant single that showcases his strong, soulful voice and upbeat persona. Written by veteran Music Row writers Marv Green and Kent Blazy, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me" is so far the feel-good country song of 2010, with its soaring melody, singalong chorus and positive message. As "Idol" viewers know, Gokey's wife died shortly before the 29-year-old artist's audition for the show, and he infuses this song with an emotional weight generally rare in one so young. His performance teems with vulnerability, hope, strength and resiliency. It's a perfect marriage of artist and song that should serve as a strong launch pad for this talented "Idol" alum.