American Idol alum Danny Gokey has released a stirring live video of the hymn "Give Me Jesus." The song is lifted from Gokey's Christmas is Here.
"Words can't even begin to express what this song means to me," Danny says. "From the first time I heard Vince Gill sing it, I knew I wanted to record my own version of it. Its simple yet profound, and when I looked into the history of the song, I found that it was written by African slaves in centuries past who had clung to the only hope of mankind, Jesus."
He continues, "They may have had nothing to show for on this earth, but they had eternity secured. It seems with all the comforts, freedoms and technological advancements that our modern day has to offer that we have everything that could possibly make us happy. But it's only made us shallow, grow further apart, and unhappy. Whether you have everything or whether have nothing, Jesus is the 'secret' that allows you to be exuberantly happy in either scenario."
Gokey was the third-place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. After his placing on the show, Gokey signed to19 Recordings and RCA Nashville at the beginning of a career in country music, releasing the single "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me". His debut album, My Best Days, was released in March 2010.
After leaving RCA Nashville in November 2011, he moved his musical direction toward adult pop/contemporary Christian music genre and made a record/publishing deal with BMG in May 2013. His second full-length album, Hope in Front of Me, was released in June 2014.