American Idol star Danny Gokey announces October 2013 release for Hope In Front Of Me - Readies new CD release & single

American Idol star and audience favorite Danny Gokey who captured the hearts of the 2009 judges and fans stepped onto the American Idol stage just four weeks after his wife’s heart-wrenching death. Though rocked by his loss, Danny never lost hope as he pursued the life-long dream he had shared with his wife, Sophia. Although many know him from his time on Idol, most don’t know the story of survival and determination leading up to arriving on the stage that first time. Nor were his newly won fans aware of the sorrow Danny faced while overcoming and ultimately healing from unimaginable grief. Now, Gokey shares his American Idol experience-the before and after—in Hope in Front of Me, scheduled for October 2013 release from NavPress.

In addition, the singer is in the final stages of recording an upcoming cd, due for release in early 2014. Gokey made history in 2010 when he released his debut album, My Best Days, which delivered the best first-week sales by any debut country male in 18 years. Gokey is currently in the studio with top producers, Keith Thomas and Bernie Herms working on new music. The lead single, from his upcoming album will be available in October.

"It has been a gratifying process to be able to share the parts of my story that many people may not know. My hope is that people can find a part of their story in mine and that it will inspire hope in others. There are new beginnings. You can recover after devastating loss. Your past does not have to define you or your future. And the greatest part of my story is that helping others brings healing to you and those you help. NavPress really caught the vision for what I am trying to accomplish and I’m delighted to be working with such a supportive, creative team on this project," Gokey said.

In Hope in Front of Me, Gokey challenges readers to find purpose in their darkest moments and leave a legacy for others by investing in things that really matter. Filled with personal stories and illustrations, Gokey uses his life experiences to motivate and encourage readers. Hope in Front of Me releases October 2013 in print and digital formats.

NavPress associate trade publisher, Rebekah Guzman, said, "NavPress is honored to partner with Danny on this project. We are encouraged not only by his story of overcoming but also by his passion to help others find hope and encouragement in any life situation. Danny has a heart for people, and our team has been changed by his passion and vision for this message. We know many others will be changed when they read it as well."

BMG recording artist Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a top-3 finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. His debut release, My Best Days debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 charts and included the hits "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me" and "I Will Not Say Goodbye." He is also the founder of Sophia’s Heart Foundation in honor of his late wife. The organization’s goals are to provide hope and help to homeless families, pro- vide scholarships to deserving students, and operate a thriving inner-city music and arts program. Learn more at