American Idol Season 8 Finalist
My Name is Daniel J. Gokey and I am 28 years old and I currently reside in Milwaukee Wisconsin where I was born and raised. I come from a pretty big family with 4 sisters: Angela, Janell, Gina, and Tracey along with my brother Charles. I also have 14 nieces and nephews! Many people can relate with me in saying that 2008 was a rough year. I was married on May 15th, 2004 to the love of my life Sophia Martinez, we had been together since 1997 and decided that it was time to unite our love in marriage forever. My wife was born with a heart condition that she previously had corrective surgeries for as a child. To make a long story short, she had surgery this year again and passed away on July 9th of 2008. I was devastated. We were married for 4 years, and it abruptly came to an end. Since her passing, the journey has not been easy. But I can honestly say that my faith in God has brought me thus far. One thing that has brought much hope to me is the thought of carrying her legacy on, through a non-profit organization for children I founded in her honor, Sophia's Heart Foundation. www.sophiasheart.org I ask you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I thank all of my friends and family for your support during this time of my life. With out all the love I have felt, I don't know how I would have made it this far.