It’s Wednesday, and that means we have new music to share with you!
Each week, we’ll be recommending refreshing, authentic music for worship leaders and the church in general. This week, we’re looking at Danny Gokey’s new album, Hope in front of Me.
Much of the world discovered Danny Gokey in season 8 of American Idol, when he finished third just one month after losing his first wife, Sophia. Gokey’s story has been marked by points both high and low. Through it all, music has been his anchor of purpose and direction. His new album, Hope in front of Me, is a tribute to a life of triumph and tragedy—all pointing toward hope in the gospel.
“I wanted to mix hope and entertainment, but not in a way that would be cliché. I want to deliver a message that feeds the soul, but makes you want to move and groove to the music. I’m a person of faith, so I always want my songs to have a strong message of hope.”
The album gives its title to the single “Hope in front of Me,” a song about maintaining hope in even the toughest of times. Check out these powerful lyrics:
I’ve been running through rain that I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith in a struggle against the wind
I’ve seen the dark and the broken places
But I know in my soul no matter how bad it gets, I’ll be alright
There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen, there’s hope in front of me
“Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and “It’s Not Over” express similar messages of trust through the most painful times. “Love Will Take You Places” extols love’s power to set you free and draw you to places and people you never imagined. As a whole, the album is littered with passion, authenticity, and encouragement—leading you into the hope in which you stand (Romans 5:2). Enjoy it here: