Danny Gokey‘s best days are ahead of him. He lives each day with hope in his heart, promising that each moment is better than the last. Many people might only talk the talk (and not walk the walk), but this singer-songwriter does both, particularly on his current radio single “Hope In Front Of Me.” Produced by Bernie Herms, the soulful track is the lead offering for his highly anticipated My Best Days follow-up, a project expected to hit in late spring. While his first full-length effort was decidedly more country-leaning (selling 65,000 first-week and bowing at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart), the door is wide open for his next musical chapter.
It all began for this powerhouse five years ago when he finished third on a little show called American Idol, during which he experienced unspeakable tragedy. His then-wife Sophia Martinez passed away following complications from heart surgery for congenital heart disease. While most people would have given up, he soldiered on, founding Sophia’s Heart–a Nashville-based non-profit organization that helps homeless people get back on their feet, provides scholarships to students and operates an inner-city music and arts program.
In conjunction with Sophia’s Heart, last summer, he launched the 3rd Annual Sophia’s Heart Cruise. During a musical showcase aboard, he performed a stunning rendition of “Here I Am To Worship” with Idol‘s Kris Allen, The Voice‘s Jamar Rogers and Two Story Road (Jamelle and Brandon Fraley).
While the experience certainly taught him about life and death, he hopes with his forthcoming album (to be produced by Herms and Keith Thomas) to talk about the redemptive side of it all.
Back in the studio today cutting song #10 for the album. 10 down and only 1 more to go until the album is completely finished!!
— Danny Gokey (@dannygokey) March 18, 2014
Recently, he also shared a little bit of his latest studio time. He has album deadlines creeping up, and he has an EPK coming out soon!
Hope In Front Of Me also happens to be the title of his 2013-released memoir, chronicling his Idol experience (before and after tragedy). “It has been a gratifying process to be able to share the parts of my story that many people may not know,” he had shared last fall, ahead of the book release via NavPress. “My hope is that people can find a part of their story in mine and that it will inspire hope in others. There are new beginnings. You can recover after devastating loss. Your past does not have to define you or your future. And the greatest part of my story is that helping others brings healing to you and those you help.”
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In addition to his music and charity work, Gokey has also partnered with Match Eyewear for his very own line of trendy sun wear, called Danny Gokey Sun. Clean lines and classic styling allow the brand to be unisex and has been overwhelming popular for the singer. This collaboration debuted last spring.
With the new calendar year came a new Gokey! He also teased a photo shoot in January:
A few weeks after that, he officially released his new single’s lyric video:
On a personal ‘awww’ note: Gokey married model Leyicet Peralta at a church in Miami, Fla. in early 2012. A year later, the adoring couple welcomed their first (absolutely beautiful) son into the world. He shared his journey at the time, saying, “On January 20th, my beautiful son came into this world. We took some video of our journey and wanted to share some of our experience with you. We are so happy and we love him so much!”
And, through all his fame and fortune, Gokey has kept his lighthearted and goofy nature:
Keep up-to-date on all things Danny Gokey on his official website! Look out for a new album coming soon!