Daniel Jay Gokey, born on April 24, 1980, is an American singer who also previously served as a church music director. He rose to fame after finishing in third place on the eighth season of American Idol. Following his run on the show, he signed with 19 Recordings and RCA Nashville, embarking on a career in country music. Gokey's debut single, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me," was released under the RCA label. His first album, My Best Days, which features the hit song, was released in March 2010.

After leaving RCA Nashville in November 2011, Gokey decided to lean into an adult pop and contemporary Christian sound. He later signed a record/publishing contract with BMG in May 2013. Since the release of My Best Days, he has put out six additional studio albums, including Hope in Front of Me, Rise, and Jesus People. His music continues to inspire and resonate with listeners all over the world.