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Danny Gokey on Christmas, fulfilling the Great Commission through music

Danny Gokey on Christmas, fulfilling the Great Commission through music

"The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Collection" is the newest Christmas album from acclaimed CCM artist Danny Gokey. | Cameron Powell

For award-winning artist Danny Gokey, the purpose and goal of his career is crystal clear.

“My music is part of the Great Commission: ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation,’” he told The Christian Post. “It’s a goal I continually work toward. With each new record, I’ve tried to reach out to the churched and unchurched. I really try to do that with my music and get the Gospel message out in a way that’s fresh.”

The third-place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol in 2009, Gokey has seen tremendous success: He has several chart-topping albums, been nominated for a Grammy, won a Dove Award, and this year took home "Male Artist of the Year" at the seventh annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. In June, his album Haven't Seen It Yet hit No. 1 on the Billboard's Christian Airplay chart.

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“Singing with my son was a beautiful moment,” Gokey said. “Hopefully this album invokes that Christmas spirit and the ability to remember what’s important about Christmas and let go of the things that aren’t important.”

As a father, Gokey said he strives to remind his children of the real meaning of Christmas: “Since I was a kid, I’ve known the Christmas story and that it’s about Jesus. I’ve always passed that down. It’s important for my children to know it as well. Nothing has changed; we just keep the tradition going moving forward.”

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Gokey, who in December will embark on the “Celebrate Christmas Tour” alongside Natalie Grant, said Christmas provides a rare moment to “pause.” 

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