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Danny Gokey’s Set To Move on to Other Goals After ‘American Idol’ Loss(Sophia’s Heart Foundation)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/BostonHerald ^ | Friday, May 15, 2009 | By Tim Cuprisin

Posted on 05/15/2009 8:07:15 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay

MILWAUKEE — The morning after being voted off America’s most popular reality show, Milwaukee’s Danny Gokey was already planning his next steps — and they don’t involve his music.

"During this competition, I have not really put my hands into Sophia’s Heart Foundation," the 29-year-old "American Idol" finalist said in a telephone conference with reporters Thursday. "Right off the bat, I’m gonna call my team, we’re gonna start having meetings. I want to define our goals.

"This foundation means so much to me — it is the legacy of my wife and myself here on the Earth," he said. "I have a lot of open doors, and I’m going to walk through those doors."

Gokey set up the foundation — www.sophiasheart.org — last year in memory of his wife, Sophia, who died last summer during heart surgery. His goal for the organization is broad, and he sees his music and even a possible line of eyeglasses as supporting the group.

While Gokey has yet to sign a record deal, radio programming professionals suggest he could find success as an adult contemporary artist. So far, though, he’s not concentrating on commercial success.

In the conference call Thursday, in which reporters were interested in his opinions on "Idol’s" final two, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, and on reliving the screech that ended his performance of "Dream On" last week, Gokey emphasized the foundation as the focus of his future.

"The dream that I have inside my music is to revolutionize the culture, to change people’s hearts," he said. "I see ... opening up concerts with possibly following the story of a young kid, whose father was maybe killed in a gang and his mother is a drug addict and kind of watching his life ... and how Sophia’s Heart Foundation has impacted that kid.

"I want to entertain people, but at the same time ... I want them to come out of their zone for a bit, and out of their problems, and have a perspective of looking at someone else’s problems and watching people overcoming."

But what kind of music is Danny Gokey’s music?

After all, his fans know him mainly from the songs he sang within the genres that formed each week’s lineup on "Idol."

"I want to mix a very soulful album with nice beats, like nice R&B beats, beats that get people’s heads moving, and mix it with a hint of a Latin vibe," he said. "I was with my wife for 12 years, and she was Puerto Rican, and I’m so into salsa and merengue and all the Spanish music. And I want to mix it in one arena — that’s what I want to do."

At first glance, the devoutly Christian singer might seem a prime candidate to launch a career in contemporary Christian music. But after making the first group of finalists in Fox’s singing competition, he seemed to put the kibosh on that.

"I can just be a Christian who sings mainstream music instead of having to be a Christian who has to somehow just sing Christian music," he said.

So where does Gokey’s style take him in the music business? More:


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: christian; dannygokey; education; idol; sophiasheart; tn
In the first stage of the Music and arts program, SHF founder, Daniel "Danny" Gokey aims to team up with local public school districts (beginning in the Milwaukee, WI and Nashville, TN areas) and provide free instruments to children who's musical dreams could be shattered because of their family's inability to financially afford an instrument.

SHF is also accepting used instruments. Many people often have instruments that lay around their homes for years untouched. Gokey encourages those that have to simply dust off that instrument, and give a child the gift of music. Studies conducted over the years link students involved with music programs to attaining higher levels of academic achievement in comparison to many of their peers.

SHF also says its aim is to provide at least 24 scholarships this year of $1000 to High School seniors who have have faced a significant roadblock, setback or challenge, 2.75 cummulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for their 9th, 10th and 11th grade school years combined and accomplishments in community service.

Danny Gokey singingCast TV Video - "Billie Jean" at his concert in MIlwaukee...along with some church music compliments of Free clip from jennysvacvids on YouTube May 09, 2009 5:01

Danny Gokey is clearly an American Idol Winner!


1 posted on 05/15/2009 8:07:16 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: RockerMom2MyHero
Gokey Idol Ping
2 posted on 05/15/2009 8:08:41 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

I can only hope that he finds good honest people to administer his charity works.

He seems a good guy dealt a very tragic event. He was sustained by good friends and certainly seems a very good soul.


3 posted on 05/15/2009 8:14:59 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Bad link


4 posted on 05/15/2009 8:20:10 AM PDT by mentor2k
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Sophia and Danny Gokey.
5 posted on 05/15/2009 8:21:31 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: mentor2k

http://www.bostonherald.com/track/celebrity/view/2009_05_15_Danny_Gokey_s_set_to_move_on_to_other_goals_after_%E2%80%98American_Idol__loss/srvc=home&position=recent

Thanks..link fixed!


6 posted on 05/15/2009 8:24:34 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

If you don’t win, the best thing is to come in 3rd or 4th. That way, you get booked on the talk shows and MTV shows while people will pay attention to you— before the finale next week. The person who comes in 2nd on AI gets almost no attention right away. They have to wait and hope people are still interested later on.


7 posted on 05/15/2009 8:24:38 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Go Kris!!!!


8 posted on 05/15/2009 8:25:12 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (What fresh hell is this?)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Go Kris!!!!


9 posted on 05/15/2009 8:25:13 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (What fresh hell is this?)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Top achievers/stars have not always been winners - Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry ..but Carrie Underwood & Kelly Clarkson did win.
10 posted on 05/15/2009 8:44:00 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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