Danny Gokey


Date Of Birth

April 24, 1980


Daniel Jay Gokey, popularly known as Danny Gokey is born on April 24, 1980. Danny is one of the finalists of the eighth season of American Idol. He practices his music actively in church, mainly through his work as the music director of a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Gokey rose to fame through his stint on American Idol, joining through auditions held in Kansas City, Missouri. Viewers first knew him through the cir!$#!#stances surrounding his audition. In weeks before he tried out, his wife Sophia died due to complications from congenital heart surgery, an event which later compelled him to establish a foundation in her name, www.sophiasheart.org. Viewers also knew him for joining the show with his best friend Jamar Rogers—who was later dropped at the end of the Hollywood auditions—and for his soulful voice.

Gokey easily went through the Top 36, and was one of the first three contestants to be selected for the finals.

Songs Performed:

2/17: “Hero” by Mariah Carey
3/10: “P.Y.T.” by Michael Jackson
3/17: “Jesus, Take The Wheel” by Carrie Underwood
3/25: “Get Ready” by The Temptations
4/1: “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts
4/8: "Stand By Me" by Mickey Gilley
4/15: "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie
4/21: "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire

Place of Birth

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Birth Name

Daniel Jay Gokey



Fun Facts

Danny is a Church music teacher.

Danny bought a guitar at the middle of the competition to keep him busy and fun during the Idol tour.

Danny has acknowledged the influence of Jeffrey and Robin Ruitt.

He can play the piano.

He likes facials and pedicures.

Has 20 pairs of designer glasses like Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Guess, Calvin Klein and many more.

Has been singing since 5 and learned it through his parents. He even sang his assignments during his elementary years.

If Danny is not a singer, he wants to be a motivational speaker.

Danny began singing with his family in church as a child.

Danny calls his fan base as "Gokeheads".

His best friend is Jamar Rogers, a fellow AI hopeful.


American Idol season 8






"I get my strength from my faith in God. My goal is to be Christian who does mainstream music. I want my music to reach out to the multitudes. I want to bring entertainment, but I want to bring encouragement and hope at the same time."

About his faith, "KEY TO WHO I AM".

"My wife is the reason of my success."

"When there's hope on the horizon, you're ready to live again. I'm still healing, but I feel like this process is bringing healing in my life."


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