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Danny Gokey cherishes career after hard-fought rise to fame

Danny Gokey’s journey has been filled with highs and lows.

He’s learned from each one.

As the musician begins to embark on a tour with TobyMac, his creative flow is coming back to him.

“American Idol” alum Danny Gokey is touring in support of his latest album, “Rise.” (SOURCE: Dave Bruno)

“The creative switch is being turned on,” he says in a recent interview. “I haven’t written anything since 2016. I’m trying to get in the right mind frame to begin the next process.”

Gokey’s rise to fame has been hard-fought.

As a contestant on the eighth season of “American Idol,” he was watched by millions as he made it all the way to the finals – eventually placing third.

His story was no secret: A onetime truck driver from Milwaukee, he’d married his high school sweetheart, Sophia, only to lose her, a victim of surgery gone bad, just a month before auditioning for the show.

That was enough to transfix viewers week after week. Add to that his singing – expressive, soulful, driven but yet in command of emotions that would have overpowered practically anyone else. The result was a performance that moved audiences to tears and inspired many to face adversity with greater courage.

Today, Gokey stands at a different place, wiser, stronger.

He’s married and has become a father – twice.

“I’m blessed,” he says. “There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for. The journey has been amazing, and I’ve learned.”

His most recent album, “Rise,” was an effort to open himself up to a wider audience.

“I wanted to share my journey through the music on this album,” Gokey says of “Rise.” “I have a story to tell to which I hope others will relate, and I’ve realized that I have this gift of music through which to tell it. On ‘Rise,’ I feel like I’ve really figured out how to connect my message with the music.”

Gokey says he’s learned to think in the long term.

“Being in this business, not many people make it to 10 years,” he says. “I have, and it’s taken a lot. I’ve had to scrape myself up from losing my record deal after ‘Idol.’ I had to start from scratch to make an impact within the music industry. It’s a tough battle, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I cherish everything in my career even more.”

As Gokey prepares for the Hits Deep Tour, headlined by TobyMac, he insists his show will be completely different.

“I’m doing a little bit more dancing,” he says laughing. “It’s about getting on stage and having fun.”

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