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Danny Gokey Celebrates Hitting #1

by Kim Jones   Oct 10, 2014 23:36 PM EDT

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(Photo : Rick Diamond/Getty Images Courtesy of: BMG)
Left to right: Mitchell Solarek, Richard Blackstone, Danny Gokey, Jason Hradil, Penny Railey
After the 45th Annual Dove Awards, some artists and industry folks went home to get out of their shoes and spend time with family. Others went to the official After Party and munched on delicacies like sliders, spring rolls, fried Oreos and fried Twinkies. Danny Gokey did neither. The singer had a surprise coming and what he may have thought was going to be a quite celebration with a few family and friends was actually a surprise #1 bash thrown by his team.

BMG executives, industry leaders and radio personnel joined his family and friends as they celebrated Hope In Front of Me not just debuting at #1, but spawning a single (the title track) that spent over 30 weeks on the charts with four of them being at #1.

In a press release, he talked about the night, saying, "This is an incredible surprise; to be surrounded by my team, family and friends and to receive this recognition, it's full-circle. It's been a journey through writing and creating the music, hitting the road visiting radio stations across the country, and seeing the positive response of fans going to stores and iTunes to purchase and support this record. I am grateful for the success of the album and single, and can't wait to see what is next."

Richard Blackstone, who runs the Artist Services division of BMG, North America, sang Danny's praises, saying, "Danny is one of the most honest representations of talent, strength, courage, generosity, and faith. This song is a brilliantly created jewel, the message of which is resonating with people around the world. This song touches upon a timeless message and thus it will be around for many years to come."

(Photo : Rick Diamond/Getty Images Courtesy of: BMG)
Seated: Mitchell Solarek, Bernie Herms, Danny Gokey, Penny Railey and Carol Roundtree. Standing: Matt Ingle, Chris Hauser, Josh Crosby, Richard Blackstone, John Allen, Kos Weaver, Linda Klosterman, Jason Hradil, Chelsey Dickson and Kevin Lee

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