Danny Gokey

Biography

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. Gokey's sophomore album, Hope in Front of Me, appeared in 2014 and featured the single "More Than You Think I Am." In 2015, he delivered the holiday album Christmas Is Here.

Birth Date: April 24, 1980

Origin: Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Pop 

Years Active: '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    2

    Akron Civic Theatre

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Akron, OH

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    3

    Huntington Center

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 3, 2017

    Toledo, OH

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    4

    PPG Paints Arena (Formerly CONSOL Energy Center)

    Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, August 12, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    11

    Bojangles' Coliseum

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Charlotte, NC

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    17

    CFE Arena

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 17, 2017

    Orlando, FL

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    18

    USF Sun Dome

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Tampa, FL

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    23

    Van Andel Arena

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    24

    Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 24, 2017

    Pikeville, KY

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    1

    Mullins Center

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Amherst, MA

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    7

    U.S. Cellular Center

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Friday, April 7, 2017

    Cedar Rapids, IA

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    20

    Lafayette Cajundome

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Lafayette, LA

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    27

    BB&T Arena

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Highland Heights, KY

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    28

    GIANT Center

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Start: Monday, December 12, 2016

    Ends: Friday, April 28, 2017

    Hershey, PA

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    29

    Charleston Civic Center

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Charleston, WV

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    4

    Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Independence, MO

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    6

    The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Woodlands, TX

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    7

    Freeman Coliseum

    Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, May 7, 2017

    San Antonio, TX

    Artists: Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey


    25

    Prescott Valley Event Center

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Start: Monday, January 9, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Prescott Valley, AZ

    Artists: Danny Gokey and Hawk Nelson


    Followers

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    Influencers

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