Fast Facts

  • Began singing with his family in church as a child.
  • If he weren't a singer, he claims he'd like to be a motivational speaker.
  • His wife, Sophia, died from complications of heart surgery just four weeks before he auditioned for American Idol.
  • Is the president and founder of the non-profit organization Sophia's Heart Foundation.


  • Sophia Martinez — Wife (deceased)
  • Gina — Sister
  • Tracey — Sister
  • Charles Gokey — Father
  • Angela — Sister
  • Janell — Sister
  • Charles Gokey — Brother
  • Daniel Emanuel Gokey — Son
  • Leyicet Peralta — Wife


  • Birth Name: Daniel Jay Gokey
  • Birth Place: Milwaukee, WI
  • Profession: Reality cast member, Singer, Church music director

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