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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. 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. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   More Than You Think I Am
  3.   Hope in Front of Me
  4.   My Best Days Are Ahead of Me
  5.   I Will Not Say Goodbye
  6.   Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
  7.   One Life
  8.   Pretty Beautiful
  9.   Because of You
  10.   Lift Up Your Eyes
  11.   Better Than Gold
  12.   It's Not Over
  13.   Take It to the Limit
  14.   Second Hand Heart
  15.   Love Will Take You Places
  16.   Get Away
  17.   This Is What It Means
  18.   Tiny Life
  19.   Be Somebody
  20.   Give Me Jesus
  21.   O, Holy Night
  22.   Like That's a Bad Thing
  23.   It's Only
  24.   Crazy Not To
  25.   I Still Believe
  26.   This Christmas
  27.   Christmas Is Here
  28.   The Christmas Song
  29.   Mary, Did You Know?
  30.   White Christmas
  31.   It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  32.   What Christmas Means to Me
  33.   Tennessee Christmas
  34.   Life on Ya
  35.   Stand By Me
  36.   Gimme a Kiss
  37.   Love Again
  38.   Everything Words Together by Beckah Shae
  39.   Faith, Hope & Love

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