My Best Days

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Watching Danny lend his soaring, finely tuned voice to songs like Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” on American Idol, and knowing his background as a church worship leader, it was expected that his debut would intentionally tread the line between Christian music and a pop-country style. There is no hint of twang, but plenty of enthusiasm on the catchy “Life on Ya” or ballads like “I Still Believe” and “It’s Only” (which was co-written by members of Lady Antebellum). “Be Somebody” finds Danny channeling Stevie Wonder, while the lead banjo line recalls Stevie’s “Superstition.” “I Will Not Say Goodbye” and “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” are the most obvious references to the loss of Danny’s wife, Sophia, and are two of the most passionate cuts on the album. This set is mostly uplifting Christian pop and blue-eyed soul paired with down-home lyrics and an occasional banjo thrown in for good measure, but it is refreshing to find a new artist with a solid message and genuineness to match.

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