He became one of the show's early frontrunners and ultimately finished third after Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. It was like a school that helped prepare him for the music industry.
In hindsight, Danny says he wishes he had more experience.
The singer and wife Leyicet welcomed their first child, a baby boy they named Daniel Emanuel Gokey, on Sunday, Jan. The Gokeys made the baby news public over the weekend through the singer's official Facebook page.' American Idol' alum Danny Gokey is kicking off his first Annual Run for Compassion, a group running the Nashville Marathon to benefit homeless families in Nashville.
This run falls under umbrella of Gokey's organization Sophia's Heart Foundation, which he founded after his first wife Sophia died du…
One where he has grown musically, has had an increasing vision to reach out to others, and most importantly learned how to stay rooted in God's love.
He has even found love again – he remarried last January.
TRAGEDY TURNED AROUNDDanny Gokey describes his life story as a tragedy that God has turned around and done something greater.
He was married to his high school sweetheart for four years before she died unexpectedly in 2008 after a routine heart surgery for a congenital heart condition.
Some of the music he would listen to encouraged him to not let the grief be the thing that destroyed him for the rest of his life.He also drove a truck to make ends meet, but he knew he wanted more in life and music was his passion.Sophia was a fan of Danny never really watched the show.One of the reasons Sophia's death was hard for Danny was because healing was something he was taught to believe.He really wanted Sophia’s healing and it didn’t go as planned. Singer Danny Gokey shared the first photo of his brand new son Daniel Emanuel, born Jan. The Season 8 ' American Idol' finalist and wife Leyicet Peralta are first-time parents, and judging from this photo, it agrees with them.