American Idol alum Danny Gokey has signed with Capitol Christian Music Group, Billboard has learned exclusively. Gokey, whose album, Rise, recently earned him his first Grammy nomination, is prepping new music for his label debut.
"I had my first few writing sessions for this one in early January, but then I had to take a break to be out on the road for Hits Deep," says Gokey, who is currently on the road with TobyMac’s Hit Deep tour. "We'll get back to concentrated writing time after the tour ends. Every project's process has been different and pulls things out of me in a different way. Sometimes it's a timing thing and we only have a small window to create. It's always interesting to see what God does in those times because I have to really press into what he's saying and doing to write things that connect with people."
Gokey placed third on the eighth season of American Idol, and debuted at No. 4 on the 200 with his 2010 debut album My Best Days, a country effort on 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville. Before his Idol experience, Gokey had been involved in church music in his native Milwaukee, WI and in 2014, he returned to faith-based music with the single “Hope in Front of Me” on BMG. His career has since flourished in Christian music. His second album, Hope in Front of Me, debuted at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums. He followed with a holiday collection, Christmas is Here. In January 2017, BMG released Rise, which hit No. 1 on Top Christian Albums and earned a Grammy nod.