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Danny Gokey      

Christian Singer-Songwriter, Third Place Finalist on "American Idol" & Philanthropist

Danny Gokey is a Christian singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third-place finalist on the eighth season of “American Idol.” Gokey's “American Idol” audition occurred only four weeks after his wife's death from complications caused by congenital heart disease in July 2008. After his placing on the show, Gokey signed to 19 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 gravitated his music towards an adult pop/contemporary Christian sound and subsequently 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. Before rising to fame on “American Idol,” Gokey worked as a church music director, while also driving a semi-truck for a local logistics company for two years.

Gokey started a foundation in the name of his late wife, Sophia's Heart Foundation, with some of her family members who are also musicians. With branches in Milwaukee, Nashville, and Sacramento, the organization's goals are to provide hope and help to homeless families, provide scholarships to deserving students and operate a thriving inner-city music and arts program.

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Danny Gokey Working on Sophomore Album

Danny Gokey reveals he has been spending time in the studio, working on his sophomore album.

Danny Gokey on Making Hope 'Cool' and Possibly Returning to ...

One day after Danny Gokey was eliminated from on American Idol, he was asked what his plan was as a recording artist. It turns out, Gokey's dreams were loftier ...

Former American Idol Finalist Danny Gokey Pours Pain, Hope Into ...

Former American Idol finalist, Danny Gokey sings at the America's Center Convention Complex at the CBA's International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis , Mo., ...

Danny Gokey says he may make return trip to 'American Idol'

Danny Gokey tells the Hollywood Reporter that he's keeping up with ... In a Q&A posted Friday, Gokey, the Milwaukee native who finished in third in the 2009 ...

How Danny Gokey Overcame One of Life's Toughest Moments ...

Danny Gokey is living the American Dream. He was a choir director at his local Milwaukee church when he auditioned for "American Idol," finished in third place  ...

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