A few months ago, we were put in the presence of greatness! In the presence of Danny Gokey, a great season 8 American Idol contestant.Before American Idol, Gokey was a music teacher and choir leader for Faith Builders International Ministries. His wife had encouraged him to audition for American Idol before she died, only four weeks before his first audition.
“What I want to portray to people is to look inside themselves and to find strength. My wife had a heart condition her whole entire life, endured two surgeries when she was younger. She went through this third surgery that she didn’t live through,” he said. “But my wife, she didn’t live life like she had a condition. She didn’t let any limitations be put on her life. That’s what I think about when I sing. I have such a passion to tell people, ‘Get up, get out of your situation that has brought a lot of heartache to you and move on, move forward.'”
With his hit single "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me" Gokey puts his words to use. This song is all about moving forward and looking ahead; getting excited about the future and letting the past be. The cool thing about this song, is that it's not just words coming from a stranger. It's a relatable feeling expressed in words, from a guy who knows what he's talking about.
I mean, sure it's good to hear lyrics that you can relate to. But it's inspirational to hear lyrics the singer can relate to.
Danny Gokey has set up Sophia’s Heart Foundation (SHF) in his wife's memory. The foundation’s mission is to make a positive impact on students’ lives through a Music and Arts Program. This foundation will donate musical instruments to children and youth who are can't afford them, as well as $1,000 scholarships to high school students who face challenges in pursuing their dreams.
It's not just a talent that makes someone great. It's what they do with that talent, and how they choose to act when recognized for that talent.
Did I mention Danny Gokey called us up the stairs, taking time out of his schedule to allow us to take pictures with him before the show? And later, he stopped by the table after his performance to visit with Mrs. Jen, who had a broken foot and a bad seat, so she couldn't watch him perform.
While the big things, such as creating super helpful foundations are influential, it’s the little things that separate the influential from the noble; the Good, from the Great.