American Idol’s Christian Performers in Season 8

We have just finished the first half of American Idol’s Season 8 , Hollywood Week.  The group competition was uncomfortable at best.  I would much prefer more performance and less drama.

In our quest to cover American Idol’s Christian performers, we at One21music have been searching the web for contestants who openly profess their faith.  We have found one and we need your help identifying the others.

Danny Gokey,28, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin quickly emerged from the pack.  Danny is a member of Faith Builders International Ministry.  He was the praise and worship leader at Faith Builder churches in both Milwaukee and Beloit,WI at the same time.  Gokey would perform morning services in Beloit and drive to Milwaukee to lead the afternoon service, as well as doing mid-week services.

Danny’s most recent mission is Sophia’s Heart Foundation.  As we heard during Gokey’s American Idol audition, Danny’s wife recently died of a heart condition she had fought since childhood.  The foundation’s goal is to “help and mend the hearts of children who have been touched by poverty, sickness, disease, broken families and broken dreams”.

Last night Danny’s group performed a slamming, acapella version of Queen’s “Somebody To Love”.   I thought is was the best performance of the night.  Gokey is a strong singer with, deep musical experience.  The skills he developed as the worship leader at two churches, simultaneously, has already served him well in the rigors of American Idol’sHollywood Week.  As the competition continues and the pressure of song selection and arrangement intensify,  I think Danny Gokey will thrive.  He is my early favorite to win it all.

As much we like Danny Gokey, our goal at One21music is to be more than a Danny Gokey fan site.  We want to cover all the Christians competing on American Idol and we need your help.  We will continue to research our list.  If you know any of these potential finalists to be professing believers, please send some information on them in a comment:

  • Adam Lambert
  • Alexander Wagner-Trugman
  • Alexis Grace
  • Allison Iraheta
  • Ann Marie Boskovich
  • Anoop Desai
  • Arianna Ayesha Afsar
  • Brent Keith
  • Casey Carlson
  • Danny Gokey
  • Jackie Tohn
  • Jasmine Murray
  • Jeanine Vailes
  • Jessica Langseth
  • Joanna Pacitti
  • Jorge Nunez
  • Junot Joyner
  • Kai Kalama
  • Kendall Beard
  • Kristen McNamara
  • Kris Allen
  • Lil Rounds
  • Matt Breitzke
  • Matt Giraud
  • Megan Corkrey
  • Mishavonna Henson
  • Rick Brady
  • Scott MacIntyre
  • Stephen Fowler
  • Stevie Wright
  • Taylor Vaifanua
  • Tatiana Del Toro
  • Von Smith

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