‘American Idol’ contestant bringing heart to Metro schools

Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 1:01am
Staff reports
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Danny and Sophia Gokey

Former American Idol contestant Danny Gokey attributes much of his success in the music industry to his late wife, Sophia, who succumbed to congenital heart disease in 2008.

It was her love and support that encouraged him to audition for American Idol, and after her passing, he decided to create a living demonstration of her love.

His answer was the Sophia’s Heart Foundation, an outreach for children from ages 0-18, which will begin offering free after-school music programs in Nashville.

Sophia’s Heart is launching a Modern Community Choir that will unite young performers, teach them about music, introduce students to different cultures and provide after-school homework assistance.

To kick off the program, Gokey will visit Apollo and Kennedy middle schools Thursday to share his story. And, he might even sing a tune from new album, My Best Days, that was released last week.

The program, which will meet three days per week and offer free transportation, hopes to attract 20 students from each school.

1 Comment on this post:

By: jdbrown1973 on 3/11/10 at 11:22

hope he wins.. "with arms wide open" he should sing..cause i know her love for him is that....from me to him..i want to tell him in person that i am so sorry for his loss but never forgotten...her courage and strength to fight everyday battles of the disease....that is what you have to do is fight it...she really supports him in anything..that is true love from her to him....god bless to you and his family! "we will all be one..once again"