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Daniel Jay Gokey

Also Known As: "Danny"
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of <private> Gokey and <private> Gokey (N.N.)
Husband of <private> Gokey (Peralta)
Widower of Sophia Linnette Gokey
Father of Minor Child
Brother of <private> Gokey; <private> Gokey; <private> Andrist (Gokey); <private> Hubacz (Gokey) and <private> McGaw (Gokey)

Managed by: Nathan Luke Cowdrey
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Gokey (Peralta)
    • Minor Child
    • <private> Gokey
    • <private> Gokey (N.N.)
    • <private> Gokey
    • <private> Gokey
    • <private> Andrist (Gokey)
    • <private> Hubacz (Gokey)
    • <private> McGaw (Gokey)

About Danny Gokey

From Wikipedia (English):

Daniel Jay "Danny" Gokey (born April 24, 1980) is an American singer and former church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. 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 moved his musical direction toward adult pop/contemporary Christian 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.

Early life

Gokey started singing with his family in church, but stated he would rather record mainstream music than perform solely Christian/gospel music. He was the worship director at his church in Milwaukee, Faith Builders International Ministries, for several years.

He is the fifth of six children. He has a brother, Charles, and four sisters, Angela, Janel, Gina, and Traci .

He has acknowledged the influence of Jeffrey and Robin Pruitt the pastors of the church he worked at and also Matthew Barnett the founder of the LA Dream Center. He has stated that his faith is the "key to who I am". Gokey was a church music director while also driving a semi truck (18 wheeler) for a local logistics company for two years.

Personal life

Gokey married his high school sweetheart, Sophia Martinez, on May 15, 2004. The two had been together since 1997.

On July 9, 2008, four weeks before he auditioned for American Idol, Gokey's wife died from complications of a routine surgery for congenital heart disease. It was her third surgery, but she died from complications. The couple had been together for 12 years, and Gokey credited her for his success. Sophia was a fan of American Idol and encouraged Gokey to be a contestant, and Danny started a foundation in her name 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. The facility in Nashville, opened in late 2011, has helped rescue over 60 families from life on the street.

In 2011, Gokey began dating Leyicet Peralta. The two announced their engagement on December 25, 2011 on the Sophia's Heart website. They were married on January 29, 2012. Their son Daniel Emanuel was born on January 20, 2013.

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Danny Gokey's Timeline

April 24, 1980
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, United States