AMERICAN IDOL Alum Danny Gokey Wants New Album to Inspire Hope in Christ
By Movieguide® Staff
Former AMERICAN IDOL contestant and award-winning Christian artist Danny Gokey wants his brand new album, Jesus People, to inspire hope in Christ.
“I believe there is something musically and inspirationally for everyone on this album – it’s full of hope and encouragement that I think we can all use right now,” Danny Gokey told The Christian Beat of his 12-track album.
Gokey also revealed that every song he releases begins with prayer.
“For me, it starts with a prayer,” Gokey told The Christian Post. “I do this every record. And I feel like … as I keep growing, [God’s] downloading more. I pray, ‘Lord, You’re the greatest lyricist of all time. I want to say what You’re saying. I want to speak what You’re speaking.’
“By faith, I get ready to receive. I don’t hear audible voices. I just, by faith, receive that God’s going to speak and write through me, and I start paying attention,” Gokey added.
Gokey said that his ultimate goal is to inspire Christian to stand firm in their faith, a message conveyed in his favorite song from the album with the same title, “Jesus People.”
“We need Jesus people to let it be known. We need Jesus people to start walking in the freedom that’s been paid for and walking in the knowledge of the truth because there’s a broken world. And really, we should start doing more with our hands and feet than our mouth,” Gokey said. “Most people have heard about Jesus in our world. Our country was founded upon Christ and Christian values. The thing is, there’s a cognitive dissonance. They hear Christianity, and they’re seeing Christianity. It just looks like the world. It looks like everyone else except that you just slap a label on yourself.
“People who not just talk about it, but live it sacrificially, they’re the ones that grab people’s attention. So we need Jesus people to do that,” he added.
However, Gokey also sees his new album as a call to those who do not yet know the peace and life found in Christ Jesus.
“COVID hits, and I’m like, ‘Alright, we’re living in some End Times.’ So, I begin to just start seeing the signs, and I’m like, ‘I need to write a song about how God is calling to His daughters and sons,'” Gokey said, referencing Revelation 22. “‘ We all need Jesus’ was written during the pandemic when the uproar in the streets started happening. This is the hand of the enemy, anytime you can see stealing, killing, destroying, you can already know who’s there.”
“I think that having Christ means having peace,” Gokey continued. “What’s interesting about having peace, and a sound mind and sound heart is that it could be chaos all around you, but if you have peace on the inside of you — Christ on the inside — the hope of glory, glory on the inside of you, that is stronger.
“That’s why greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. People who don’t have the He that is in you, they’re going to crumble through anxiety because that chaos gets on the inside of them, and you can’t withstand that,” he added. “Being in Christ gives you access, so that’s a key and you need that; otherwise, you will be overcome.”
Movieguide® previously reported on Gokey’s track, “Agradecido,” which is also featured on the album:
AMERICAN IDOL alum and three-time Grammy nominee Danny Gokey recently opened up about the meaning behind his new song called “Agradecido,” which means “grateful” in Spanish.
“I went into the studio, and I just wanted to write a song about how I was so grateful,” Gokey, 41, said. “Many people know me from who I was on AMERICAN IDOL, but I wanted to write a song and film a video in such a way that it showed people that this is the other side of my story that a lot of people don’t know. I’m grateful for all the blessings that I’ve received in this life.”
Gokey, his wife Leyicet, and their four kids—Emanuel, 23 months; Gabriel, 3; Victoria, 5; and Daniel, 8—traveled to Puerto Rico to shoot the music video for the song. However, Gokey found that gratefulness was a difficult attitude to practice.
Gokey’s Jesus People album is available to listen on major music streaming platforms.