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

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