December 28, 2011 by staff
Season 8 “American Idol” star Danny Gokey released his debut CD “My Best Days” in March of 2010
“American Idol” fan favorite Danny Gokey, who tragically lost his wife Sophia three years ago, is engaged to marry his girlfriend, according to the Sophia’s Heart charity named after his wife.
Gokey is engaged to his girlfriend Leyicet Peralta. The couple is planning a wedding for next month.
According to the Sophia’s Heart Foundation website, the 31-year-old singer “is thrilled to have found Leyicet who also shares his passion and desire to help children and families in need.”
All wedding gifts are being requested as donations to Sophia’s Heart.
“We are thankful for so many of the blessings God has given us,” the couple posted on the website.
“It is our desire to see homeless children and families be kept together and lifted back on their feet through the help of Sophia’s Heart. We love and appreciate you all.”
Gokey lost his wife Sophia three years ago after complications from surgery for congenital heart disease. The Milwaukee singer auditioned for Season 8 of “American Idol” four weeks after her death.
As for his upcoming wedding, one of the married couple’s first big trips will be the Danny Gokey Cruise, which departs from Miami on Feb. 2 and departs to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico.
Joining Gokey on the cruise is Kalamazoo’s Matt Giraud.
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