Congratulations are in order to former “American Idol” contestant and country artist Danny Gokey and his new wife, Leyicet.

The American Idol Season 8 contestant shared the stage with the likes of Kris Allen and Adam Lambert and used his time on the show to share the story of late first wife, who passed away in 2008 from complications of heart surgery.

Following the death of Sophie, Gokey created a foundation, called Sophia’s Heart Foundation, where he went on to meet Leyicet.

Danny took to Twitter to announce that they are expecting their first child together!

The child, expected in January, will be quite the anniversary gift for the newlyweds who married this winter in Florida among family and friends.

Danny Gokey performed on tour with Taylor Swift in 2011 as one of the opening acts for the North American leg of her Speak Now tour.  His debut album, My Best Days, released in March of 2010 made the Billboard 200 chart at No. 4 and the country chart at No. 3.  Watch the music video from the lead single.

“My Best Days Are Ahead of Me”

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