Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images Photo: Danny Gokey Performs at CMA Music Fest in Nashville on June 10, 2010

Three years after losing his wife to congenital heart disease, American Idol Season 8 alum Danny Gokey has found a new reason to hope for “Better Days Ahead”: He’s now engaged to actress Leyicet Peralta. The couple announced their engagement on the website for Danny’s charity, Sophia’s Heart.

The message from Danny and Leyicet reads: "We are thankful for so many of the blessings God has given us. It is our desire to see homeless children and families be kept together and lifted back on their feet through the help of Sophia's Heart. We love and appreciate you all.”

Danny and Leyicet are planning to marry in January 2012, and are requesting that donations be made to Sophia’s Heart in lieu of gifts.

Sources: Sophia’s Heart, People


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