Danny Gokey Welcomes Son Daniel Emanuel

01/21/2013 at 12:00 AM ET

Danny Gokey Welcomes Son Daniel
Courtesy Danny Gokey

Now he’s got a little Idol of his own!

American Idol season eight finalist Danny Gokey and his wife Leyicet welcomed their first child, son Daniel Emanuel Gokey, on Sunday, Jan. 20, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.

Weighing in at 8 lbs. 11 oz., Daniel arrived at 9:52 p.m. EST on his due date.

“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 tells PEOPLE.

“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!”

The timing for their newborn couldn’t be better. Almost exactly one year ago, Gokey, 32, and his model wife, 26, tied the knot in a low-key affair in Florida on Jan. 29. Six months later, they shared the happy news of their pregnancy.

This is the second marriage for Gokey, who tragically lost his first wife Sophia in 2008 after a routine surgery for congenital heart disease. Gokey now runs the Sophia’s Heart Foundation, which helps homeless families, in her honor.

— Kevin O’Donnell

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Valerie on

I’m really happy for him. That was so sad that he lost his first wife. Congratulations to them!

Cindy Sloan on

Congratulations on the arrival of your healthy son!

denise on

Best wishes

Tammie on

Congratulations on your little angel

Nichelle D on

Congratulations to Danny and wife, Leyicet on your precious little one! May your family be richly blessed. Very happy for you. You were waiting forever and now he’s here. ♥

Molly on

To God be the Glory 🙂

tambam on

Yes, Molly! Amen! Congrats to the Gokey family!!

Kathy Grimm on

Congradulations and best wishes! And it’s nice to no he has a very special guardian angel watching over him!!!!

Crissy R. on

Happy Birthday Lil Daniel Emanuel!!!

Many more wonderful blessings from this day forth. Congrats Mommi y Papi Gokey…God picked the perfect Lil Angel for you both. Cherish every moment cause it will go fast. (I had Lauren at the age of 26yrs and now my baby is 16.)

So happy for Gokey familia!!! God bless Always ❤

Anonymous on

Congrats to them!

Lauren Lev on

Finally, a normal, beautiful name;two names that are Hebrew in origin. Congrats;so nice he was able to re-build his life!

Natasha on

I’m so happy for him. He most definitely deserves all the happiness he gets and he makes me proud of being a fellow Milwaukeean.

Debi on

Congratulations! What a blessing for the two of you!

Molly on

Congratulations to Danny and his beautiful wife. It warms my heart that my favorite all time contestant on American Idol is now happy. He deserves it!

kaykaykay17 on

Congratulations!!!! So wonderful for Danny and Leyicet!

Judy McCormick on

May God Bless your family. I know that you both are ecstatic over your son. Congratulations.

Mama Bambi on

Awesome !!!!

kennedy on

Congrats on your new baby. Keep on singing Danny

kim sprengel on

Wonderful News!!! So happy for you 3 ❤

Julie on

So happy for the couple! What a wonderful, selfless woman Leyicet must be to support her husband’s late wife’s memorial charity with him.

Dolores Ares Diaz on

Congrats to the couple of the year! Best of luck with your little angel, I’m sure he will be just ad famous as his daddy as a singer 🙂

Cinder Lou on

These two seem like such a neat couple. Congratulations to them both on the birth of their new son!

bratkat on

Congratulations Danny and Leyicet…….God Bless your beautiful family……and all the wonderful work you are doing. Please keep singing and I promise to keep listening….

jean Swinko on

Congratulation Danny & Leiceit on the birth of yr bouncing baby boy,May u have the joy and happiness that comes along with being new parents.

Diana on

Danny and his wife deserve nothing but the best for their unselfish love to one another and to everyone they are helping. The beautiful arrival of their son makes it even more special for them as they start their new family, much happiness for Danny for all the grief he has experienced in the past.

Kim on

I remember when he was on Idol. He seemed like such a sweet guy. I’m really glad he found love again. Congratulations to him and his wife.

Lisa on

I’m so happy for him. I remember him well from American Idol. He truly loved Sophia and you could see the heartbreak. I’m glad he’s found another love and has started a family. Best of luck to him, his wife and their new son. Congratulations!!

Jenn on

Goodness, what a great looking couple!

Donna Bacon on

Congratulations Danny & Leyicet on the birth of your angel Daniel Emanuel and on your upcoming one year anniversary. You both have been through so much in your past and I believe God gave the two of you each other to share your love,your heart and your compashion with each other but also the world. The two of you give soo much that is why I am so happy that now its time for you to recieve.. You think of everyone first and give soo much and you can see all the happiness it brings you to do it. I am proud to say that I’ve seen you perform and spoke with you many times. Danny is even sweeter in person than on TV and Leyicet is just as sweet. I have been a huge fan ever since you sang Heard it Through the Grapevine and I was so caught up in your voice. I am anxiously awaiting to hear about your next project. Danny your blessed with your voice and you and Leyicet are blessed with your hearts and to have each other and now your son. God Bless the three of you and God Bless the entire Peralta & Gokey family. I do have to say that Danny I’m the one who has your glasses that you lost on the beach in Florida during the American Idol tour. I know each time I’d see you it got brought up. They are one of my prized possesions. Love and Blessings to all of you! :0)

Karen M. on

Congratulations! Beautiful name, Biblical, glorifying. Such a blessing. Yes, to God be the glory!