Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Danny Gokey and wife welcome first child

By Daniel S Levine,

Singer Danny Gokey, who was an American Idol finalist during season eight, and his wife, Leyicet, have welcomed home their first baby.

The couple confirmed the news to People, noting that Daniel Emanuel Gokey was born on Sunday. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 11 oz.

“Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family. I’m ecstatic to be a first time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with,” Gokey told the site. “Thankfully, because of what I do, it will also allow me the flexibility to spend a lot of quality time with him. I have so many exciting projects ahead this year but a brand new baby is an amazing way to get the new year started. We feel really blessed!”

Gokey also tweeted the news with a link to People’s story. “Its Official, I'm a daddy!!! :)” he wrote.

On Friday, he told his 143,000 followers, “My son is already like me and I haven't even met him yet....Late!!!!!! I'm always late for appointment, he's late for his delivery!! smh.”

According to The Boot, Gokey and Leyicet married a year ago during a private affair in Florida. They will celebrate their anniversary on Jan. 29.

“We are so thankful to have found each other and now be able to spend the rest of our lives together,” the two told People at the time. “We pray our gratitude grows more every day because there is so much for us to do now.”

Leyicet is Gokey’s second wife, after he lost his first, Sophia, in 2008 following surgery for congenital heart disease. Gokey currently runs Sophia’s Heart Foundation in her memory.



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