'Idol's' Danny Gokey engaged, plans to wed in January
December 28th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

'Idol's' Danny Gokey engaged, plans to wed in January

"Idol" alum Danny Gokey is ready to get hitched again, and he's looking to do it soon.

On the website for his Sophia's Heart foundation, the country singer announced on Christmas Day that he's engaged to girlfriend Leyicet Peralta, and the couple plans to get married in late January.

The 31-year-old season 8 "Idol" competitor lost his first wife, Sophia, three years ago from complications during a heart surgery, The Boot reports.

Gokey told The Boot at the grand opening of the Nashville Sophia's Heart facility that their vision is to include "programs to house and restore the lives of the economically challenged and families that have been displaced from their homes due to unfortunate circumstances...Our goal is not to just provide them housing, but give them programs that help them to return as a viable part of their community."

As a result, Gokey and Peralta are asking for their wedding gifts to come in the form of donations to Sophia's Heart.

"Danny's passion for the last three years has been his country music career and launching the Sophia's Heart Foundation," the post on the foundation's website reads. "He is thrilled to have found Leyicet, who also shares his passion and desire to help children and families in need."

The couple add in a statement, "We are thankful for so many of the blessings God has given us. 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."

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  1. Steve-O

    It's a shame that Leyicet Peralta will always be living under the shadow of Danny's first deceased wife Sophia.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. LoJenk


    December 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Beaglemom

    Congratulations to Danny and Leyicet. Danny is my favorite singer and I wish him all the best.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Observer

    Well, I guess his best days are ahead of him...!

    December 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. kathleen

    So happy for Danny and Leyicet.....Congratulations. Season Eight was also the last one I watched.....

    December 28, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Staceyann Dolenti

    Congrats Danny. I'm sure your wife is smiling down on you, happy again 🙂 Staceyann Dolenti

    December 28, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. meme

    I totally agree Linda! I loved Danny Gokey on idol, (his season was the last one I watched). He seemed so sad on the show, talking about his late wife. I'm happy that he's found love again!

    December 28, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. linda

    Congratulations Danny – God bless you..so nice that the media covers stories like this as opposed to the emptiness of stories about the kardashians...

    December 28, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |

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