Leyicet gave birth to Daniel Emanuel Gokey Sunday night (Jan. 20). The baby boy weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces.
“Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family,” Gokey tells People. “I’m ecstatic to be a first-time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with. 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.”
Daniel is the first child for the couple, who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Jan. 29.
Gokey finished third (behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert) on Season 8 of “American Idol” in 2009. He has since released one album and an EP and runs the Sophia’s Heart Foundation in memory of his first wife, who died in 2008.