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Danny Gokey

Although he largely stuck to gospel and soul music during his time on American Idol, Danny Gokey transformed himself into a country artist following the show's conclusion. Born on April 24, 1980, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was raised in a large family and began singing during weekly church services. Gokey's interest in religion and music continued to shape his adolescence, and he became the music director of Faith Builders International Ministries during his mid-twenties. Meanwhile, he married his high-school sweetheart, a fellow churchgoing music fan named Sophia Martinez, and lived with her for four years.

In 2008, Martinez underwent surgery for congenital heart disease and died during the operation. An enthusiastic fan of American Idol, she had asked Gokey to audition for the show on several occasions. He ultimately auditioned that summer -- a mere four weeks after her passing -- and became one of the show's early frontrunners, sailing through each round with his gruff, soulful vocals and tear-jerking back-story. Gokey ultimately finished third in the competition, with only Adam Lambert and Kris Allen receiving more votes.

The American Idols LIVE! Tour kept him busy until September 2009, at which point he signed with 19 Recordings (in conjunction with RCA Nashville) and set to work on a country album. His first single, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me," peaked at number 29 on the country chart, and he rang in the New Year by releasing a full-length record, My Best Days, in early 2010. Well received, the album peaked at number three on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Gokey's sophomore album, Hope in Front of Me, followed in 2014. Bouyed by the single "More Than You Think I Am," it debuted at number one on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. A year later, he delivered the holiday album Christmas Is Here, followed in 2016 by La Esperanza Frente a Mi, a Spanish-language version of Hope in Front of Me. In 2017, Gokey returned with his fifth full-length studio album, Rise, featuring the title track single. Also showcased on the album were guest appearances from fellow American Idol alum Jordin Sparks and vocalist Kierra Sheard. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rise

1. Stronger Than We Think

2. If You Ain't In It

3. Rise

4. Masterpiece

5. The Comeback

6. Slow Down

7. Never Be The Same

8. What Love Can Do

9. Chasing (Feat. Jordin Sparks)

10. Symptoms

11. Better Than I Found It (Feat. Kierra Sheard)

12. Stronger Than We Think (Bryan Todd Remix)

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Track List: If You Ain't In It (Single)

1. If You Ain't In It

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Track List: Rise (Single)

1. Rise

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Track List: Hope In Front Of Me

1. Hope In Front Of Me

2. More Than You Think I Am

3. Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

4. Better Than Gold

5. One Life

6. This Is What It Means

7. Love Will Take You Places

8. Take It To The Limit

9. Pretty Beautiful

10. Because Of You

11. It's Not Over

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Track List: Hope In Front Of Me (Single)

1. Hope In Front Of Me

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Track List: My Best Days

1. My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me

2. Like That's A Bad Thing

3. I Still Believe

4. Tiny Life

5. Get Away

6. It's Only

7. Life On Ya

8. Crazy Not To

9. Be Somebody

10. I Will Not Say Goodbye

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Track List: My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me (Radio Single)

1. My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me

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Track List: La Esperanza Frente A Mi

1. La Esperanza Frente A Mi

2. Soy Más De Lo Que Piensas

3. Que Tu Corazón Vuelva A Latir

4. La Joya Más Especial

5. Una Vida

6. Este Es El Milagro

7. El Amor Rompe Barreras

8. Llega Al Límite

9. Más Que Hermosa

10. Es Por Ti

11. Nada Está Terminado

12. Que Tu Corazón Vuelva A Latir (Tropical Remix)

13. La Esperanza Frente A Mi (Salsa Remix)

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Track List: Love Will Take You Places (Single)

1. Love Will Take You Places

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Track List: Second Hand Heart (Radio Single)

1. Second Hand Heart

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Track List: Tell Your Heart To Beat Again EP

1. Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

2. Tell Your Heart To Beat Again (Spanglish Version)

3. Que Tu Corazon Vuelva A Latir

4. Tell Your Heart To Beat Again (Remix)

5. Tell Your Heart To Beat Again (Accompaniment Track)

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I can't wait for danny to come back to Batavia to the city church me and my daughters love him. God has givin me my life back and im going to do my best and fallow him. now just to get threw rehab and get back home to my girls.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(bu t won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letter this is so scary because it actually works
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cruiz.relian c e
You have no idea how your God is talking to me thru your music, its awesome
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I love your music
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Love the new song Rise I hope to get and hear your whole Rise album on Pandora but even better would be to hear you sometime at WinterJam hopefully in Las Vegas,It will change from Sin City to Saved City with your help and music! Please come and do something with WinterJam!
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sjones9018
Your music is amazing and truly touches my heart and soul. May God bless you in everything you do.
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You sing with your whole heart
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A b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z now i know my ABC's
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Love you danny ��
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There's a 5 $ find raising raffle at :

Saint Patrick's Church

1046 E. 34th street

Los Angeles , California 90011

( 323 ) 234-5963
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tuffmate3232
Lost my wife, then 3 yes later my fiance died. Music and praise of God is all I have to see me through
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I love you Danny!!!!!!! !
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Don't read this. You will be missed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this, don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done and you press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky because it actually works.
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DON'T READ THIS!! You will be kissed by the love of your life by the nearest Friday put this on 15 other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen THIS IS SOO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS!!
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I lost my mom one year ago. I am 11. This song helps me so much
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He is a great singner a he allso his music has help me so much to
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Amazing artist -seen you in concert in Roanoke 2016!!! Incredible Performance Danny!!
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I lost my son of 18 years old from 2 aortic anyuruisms. My song to my son is will never say good bye love and so happy to meet Danny in Fresno road show.
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Love this song��
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I lost my soul mate and love of my life 3 years ago..this song made me know my life is not over although I'm 75 God will still use me if I let Him. Thank you for Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.
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I love this song I really like you. Love you
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I love your song Rise��
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I love your songs! I am singing "Hope in Front of Me". You are my favorite singer. On pandora I replay your songs every time!
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Danny im 10 but your awesome
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paulusryan
More Than You Think I Am♥️♥️
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Wow did not know that about him! Glad he was able to rise above the grief! I too lost my husband in 2012 to Ewings Sarcoma, Air 1 helped me including artists like this and lots and lots of prayer and alone time with Christ.
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Hi Danny Gokey this is Green Bay packers win today you are so happy
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carlanichola i
It is always encouraging, to hear your songs. I have lost a lot of my family and I've also lost my self in the process. By listening, I was reminded that there is a purpose in all the pain... An ultimate love that would bring you through it. God's love. Thank you so much, for sharing your testimony through your music.
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Hi Danny gokey this is your best friend Steve Irwin he say I hope you enjoy your day
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When my uncle died in 2015 I heard this song and I felt so blessed!! I just want to thank you for expressing your feelings and letting others feel your love!!! Thank you!! I love you uncle Austin!!!!
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I only came to know some of your songs threw here... and I enjoy each one of them. God bless.
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Aleluya!!!!!
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Thank god for yo
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You are Spirit-reple n i s h i n g
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Hope in front of me is very motivating
thank you Danny Gokey
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I love this song!!!
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skaggsmeliss a
You're really good
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Love the song Rise and Better than I found it!!!!
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His cool
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I love you
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He his awsome
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I love you ����❤️
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Almost everyone cryed at the wedding.
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My grandparents had your song Tell Your Heart To Beat Again at their wedding.
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This song touches my heart ��
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elliottchild r e n t h r e e
Love this song :)
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Beautiful song, move on, cherish the past but look forward. God has a good plan for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
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i love this song all songs like Rise
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