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.