Daniel Jay Gokey 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 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.
|Birth name||Daniel Jay Gokey|
|Born||April 24, 1980|
|Origin||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Genres||Pop, CCM, blue-eyed soul, country pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano|
|Labels||19 / RCA Nashville, BMG|
|Website||Danny Gokey's Official site|
|Danny Gokey's Twitter|
|IMDb||Danny Gokey's IMDb|
American Idol contestant who launched his career as a country singer with the debut album My Best Days. He's also released the albums Hope in Front of Me and Christmas Is Here.
He sang Christian gospel music at his local church and auditioned for American Idol in Kansas City.
He was nominated for a Country Music Award in 2010 for Best Breakthrough Artist.
He was previously married to his high school sweetheart Sophia Martinez, who tragically died from a heart condition shortly after his audition on American Idol. He later married Leyicit Peralta. Together they have sons named Daniel and Gabriel and a daughter named Victoria. In February 2019, they announced they were expecting their fourth child together.
He sang a duet with Lionel Richie on American Idol, which featured Richie's song "All Night Long."
- 19 Recordings artists
- Songwriters from Wisconsin
- RCA Records Nashville artists
- Singers from Wisconsin
- Spanish-language singers of the United States
- American Protestants
- American Idol participants
Latest information about Danny Gokey updated on June 16 2021.