Congratulations to Danny Gokey and his wife Leyicet!
The American Idol season eight finalist and his wife welcomed their first child, son Daniel Emanuel Gokey, on Sunday (January 20), PEOPLE reports. Arriving on his due date, baby Daniel weighed in at 8 lbs. 11 oz. at 9:52 p.m. EST.
“Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family. I’m ecstatic to be a first time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with,” Gokey gushed.
He added: “Thankfully, because of what I do, it will also allow me the flexibility to spend a lot of quality time with him. I have so many exciting projects ahead this year but a brand new baby is an amazing way to get the new year started. We feel really blessed!”
Gokey, 32, and his model wife, 26, tied the knot in a low-key affair in Florida on January 29, 2012. Six months after their nuptials, they shared their pregnancy news.
This is the second marriage for Gokey, who lost his first wife Sophia in 2008 after a routine surgery for congenital heart disease. In her honor, Gokey now runs the Sophia’s Heart Foundation, which helps homeless families.