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

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