Milwaukee resident Danny Gokey auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol just four weeks after losing his wife to complications following surgery for congenital heart disease. He wowed the judges with a rendition of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," and made it through to the top 13 with additional soulful performances.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- 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.