Danny Gokey Signs a Book Deal

Season 8 Idol alum, Danny Gokey, has signed a book deal with NavPress and will release “Hope in Front of Me” in October 2013.

In his book, Danny will share how he healed from a devastating loss.  Unless you live in a cave, or planet mars, you know Danny’s story.  His wife died during a routine operation a few weeks before his American Idol audition.  Now, he’s remarried and just welcomed a son into the world.

Read the press release below:

In 2009, Danny Gokey burst onto the American Idol stage just four weeks after his wife’s heartrending death. Though rocked by loss, Danny never lost hope as he pursued the life-long dream he had shared with his Sophia. Although many know him from his time on Idol, they don’t know the story of overcoming that led up to it or the path of restoration and healing that followed it. Now, Gokey shares his American Idol experience—and the before and after—in Hope in Front of Me, slated for October 2013 release from NavPress (http://www.navpress.com), the publishing arm of the Colorado Springs based U.S. Navigators.

“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.”

Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a top-3 finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. In 2010, Gokey released his debut album, My Best Days, which delivered the best first-week sales by any debut country male in 18 years 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, provide scholarships to deserving students, and operate a thriving inner-city music and arts program. Learn more at http://www.sophiasheart.org.

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  • CFIdolsfan

    Thanks for posting this, mj. I know his book will be an inspiration to many who have had to deal with a devastating loss. I have been there a lot myself, with many members of the family. Looking forward to the book.

  • Tess

    something else to put on my do not read list.

  • steph6449

    I don’t necessarily read this kind of book, but I think it is a good outlet for Danny to respond / reach out to the many people who relate to him on the basis of his story of loss and overcoming. While it isn’t by any means the only reason people follow him, he continues to have people write him and approach him about those kinds of experiences on a very regular/frequent basis, which has always struck me as a big burden for a young man to carry.

    IMO this could do pretty well on the Christian book market.

  • lucysfave

    I am more interested in that big, ol’ voice of Danny’s, but I wish him the best in his upcoming book and the people he is trying to reach with his story of faith, hope and perseverance.

  • Indigobunting

    I enjoy most of Danny’s music when he isn’t preaching, but I think I will pass on this book, since I don’t even enjoy reading autobiographies of fascinating accomplished people…let alone American Idol alum.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Danny has always struck me as sanctimonious, but when he tweeted this in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy:

    Danny Gokey ?@dannygokey
    I think its time we reinstate God & Prayer back into our schools and in our country.

    I knew that I would never want to read anything that he writes.

  • Caro3278sweet

    This seems like he’s milking his story again. For AI fans that have heard it all before, this will be tedious, but steph has a good point. It might actually be for those who’ve suffered losses like he has and will be touched by his story.

    I see this as more proof that he’s moving towards Christian music, philanthropy efforts being a part of building this image. I’ll be interested to see what his music is like going forward.

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  • JosieX

    Danny has had a lot of extraordinary experiences in his young life, there will certainly be a lot for him to talk about. I think his personality is more action- oriented than reflective, which might make a project like this challenging- but on the other hand, if there is anything he has demonstrated consistently with both words and actions, it’s a desire to help people. So I think he may reach deep to make this a meaningful memoir. I hope so, I do very much look forward to reading it.

  • girlygirltoo

    Several Idols have written memoirs and/or inspirational books — off the top of my head, Archie, Melinda, Scott McIntyre. As far as I know, none of these books sold very much.

  • curly_yenta

    Taylor Hicks, Clay Aiken, Melinda Doolittle, Fantasia, David Archuleta all have written books. Surely I must have missed someone. There’s no way of knowing exactly how many each sold since there is no “soundscan” available to the public for inventory.

  • girlygirltoo

    there are best seller lists, however.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel DorkAngel-GBW

    YaY for Danny!!! I hope it’s a bestseller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111

  • hellomusicgirl

    The publishing industry is notoriously secretive about sales numbers but the books from Clay Aiken, David Archuleta, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson all made the New York Times Bestseller list. 
    Some of the others might have as well, not sure. Those I listed were the ones that came up with a quick google search.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Yes, there are best seller lists and maybe Danny’s book will make the list like DA’s book.

    Chords of Strength by David Archeleta became a #15 New York Times Best Seller on June 11, 2010.

  • curly_yenta

    Right, but exact numbers are not available to the public. Only to publishers and those who need to know.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’m guessing that even best sellers don’t sell as much as they did 10 or 20 years ago. Bookstores seem to be a thing of the past. I used to love going to the bookstore and spending hours just browsing the new releases. It’s like what’s happened with the music industry, record stores closing left and right. Everything is digital or online

  • http://twitter.com/5th_Harmony Ezra Fitz Harmony

    Wow, he’s still beating that dead horse…. or in this case would it be wife?

  • Indigobunting

    “I see this as more proof that he’s moving towards Christian music, philanthropy efforts being a part of building this image. I’ll be interested to see what his music is like going forward.”

    He certainly is pretty immersed in the religious world-in lifestyle and musically.  I suspect his music will veer more towards the inspirational even though he says he wants to stay secular.  It will be interesting for all fans who are waiting to see if his new music will appeal.

    But the philanthropy efforts being a part of building his image-Nah.  He has always been heavily involved in charity-both pre-AI (inner city youth among others) and even while in the country genre.  The things he does (Musical program for disadvantaged youth and Homeless Shelter and Scholarships) take a huge amount of effort and he’s continued those efforts throughout.  Annoying as his personality can be, I have no doubt about his sincerity and desire to help others being an intricate part of his makeup.

    I would expect his label announcement shouldn’t be too far off in the future since he has said his album will be out Fall 2013, so his musical direction should be more clear ‘soon’.

  • Happyhexer

    I read one or two things Danny wrote once (I have no idea what it was).  I was surprised, because of how inarticulate he can sometimes be verbally, but Danny is actually a pretty good writer.  He has a very evocative, natural-sounding writing style, and his writing flows well.  With occasional spelling and grammar help from an editor or ghost-writer, he might just come up with something that a certain segment of the population will like and buy.

    For me, personally, I am not particularly interested in the book (except perhaps for some mild curiosity).  I’m mainly interested in Danny’s voice and music.

    *want music news NOW*