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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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Danny Gokey

  1.   Song
  2.   Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
  3.   The Comeback
  4.   Hope in Front of Me
  5.   Rise
  6.   More Than You Think I Am
  7.   Lift Up Your Eyes
  8.   My Best Days Are Ahead of Me
  9.   Tennessee Christmas
  10.   What Love Can Do
  11.   Slow Down
  12.   I Will Not Say Goodbye
  13.   Chasing by Jordin Sparks
  14.   It's Not Over
  15.   One Life
  16.   It's Only
  17.   Be Somebody
  18.   Never Be the Same
  19.   Better Than I Found It
  20.   Más Que Hermosa
  21.   Una Vida
  22.   Que Tu Corazón Vuelva a Latir
  23.   What Christmas Means to Me
  24.   Take It to the Limit
  25.   Love Will Take You Places
  26.   Better Than Gold
  27.   Tiny Life
  28.   Like That's a Bad Thing
  29.   Life on Ya
  30.   Crazy Not To
  31.   Symptoms
  32.   Masterpiece
  33.   Nada Está Terminado
  34.   Es Por Ti
  35.   Llega Al Límite
  36.   El Amor Rompe Barreras
  37.   La Esperanza Frente a Mi
  38.   Give Me Jesus
  39.   This Christmas
  40.   Mary, Did You Know?
  41.   It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  42.   Because of You
  43.   This Is What It Means
  44.   Get Away
  45.   I Still Believe
  46.   Second Hand Heart
  47.   Stronger Than We Think
  48.   La Joya Más Especial
  49.   Soy Más De Lo Que Piensas
  50.   The Christmas Song
  51.   If You Ain't in It
  52.   Pretty Beautiful
  53.   Este Es El Milagro
  54.   O, Holy Night
  55.   Christmas Is Here
  56.   White Christmas

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