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March 14, 2009

An American Idol BELIEVE ACHIEVE Story - Daniel "Danny" Gokey

Meet our next Inspiring American Idol contestant....

American Idol's Top 13, Danny Gokey, has captured the hearts of America using his amazing voice, his courage and his incredible message.

28 year old, Danny, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a church music director and the president and founder of a non-profit organization called Sophia's Heart Foundation, named in honor of his late wife. Danny's wife, Sofia Linnette Gokey, passed away of heart failure at her young age of 27, just 4 weeks before his Kansas City audition for American Idol. With courage and strength he has taken this tradegy and turned it into triumph.

He established Sophia's Heart Foundation, which aims to "help mend & heal the hearts of children who have been touched by poverty, sickness, disease, broken families and broken dreams." Their mission is to reach out and touch the hearts of children from ages 0 through 18 with music and arts, a scholarship fund, providing food, clothing and shelter to families, and medical funds. In all, to touch the lives who need it most, our children.

Having spent years playing in the concert and marching band when I was younger, Danny shares our passion for enriching the lives of children through music. His foundation is currently teaming up with local public school districts to provide free instruments to "children who's musical dreams could be shattered because of their family's inability to financially afford an instrument."

With the cut of most Art programs in our nation's school, Danny's foundation is making it possible for children to experience the joys, wonders and benefits of having music and arts part of their early development years.

To find out more, you can visit http://www.sophiasheart.org/

Whether or not Danny Gokey is voted the 2009 American Idol, he's already accomplished so much more than landing the prestigious title and a record label. He's inspired the hearts of America to Believe and Dream Big. He's taught us that our tragedies can be used for triumphs, to never give up hope on your dreams and to have faith. Let's keep his message alive by knowing, you too, can make a difference, big or small.

Believe today....you're not too small to make a difference.
Achieve today....by reaching out to change someone's life or day with an act of kindness.

As Danny says, "....if I can do it, so can You!"

Many Blessings....
Roxanne and Hugo ~ Believe Achieve

Enjoy Danny's amazing voice singing his rendition of Mariah Carey's "Hero."

If unable to view video Click Here.

Further Reading:
American Idol - Lil Rounds
American Idol - Mia's Story

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  1. Hi Hugo & Roxanne

    I hearded about Daniel's story. It is so hard to understand how can a young 27 years old gone so quickly. I mean I understand what happen, I guess it just break my heart to hear the story. Daniel's courage and strength is an inspirational to us all.
    Thank you for sharing his story.
    Giovanna Garcia
    Imperfect Action is better than No Action

  2. Hi Hugo and Roxanne .. it's such an incredible story - we never know when tragedy will strike .. Daniel's courage is truly amazing and he has created a great positive and a future for himself, for others and particularly in memory of his wife, Sofia.

    He will succeed, whether or not he wins, he's already winning in life and helping so many others ..

    Thanks for sharing this sad, but uplifting, story: Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy

  3. Hi Giovanna,

    It is always sad to hear when someone so young leaves us. But, her love for children and her legacy lives on through Danny. He created the Sophia's Heart Foundation for her, inspired by her. So, in essence, she lives on to make a difference in the lives of the children she so adored.

    Thank you so much for your comment and your support.

    Many Blessings....
    Roxanne and Hugo ~ Believe Achieve

  4. Hi Hilary,

    Yes, he is already winning in life and making a difference in the lives of so many. So, whether he wins American Idol or not, he's already won.

    Thank you so much for your support and comment.

    Many Blessings....
    Roxanne and Hugo ~ Believe Achieve

  5. I love you Danny. You're such an inspiration. Wheather you win or not God is going to bless you with success.

  6. Hi Kim,

    Welcome to Believe Achieve! It's wonderful to have you here! :-)

    Thank you so much for your kind words to Danny. I know he'd appreciate it. He's truly an inspiration to many. And we absolutely agree that even if he doesn't win, he will be blessed with many successes.

    Thanks again for your visit and your kind comment. Hope to see you again soon. :-)

    Many Blessings....
    Roxanne and Hugo ~ Believe Achieve


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