Country singer Danny Gokey feels "really blessed" after becoming a first-time father.

The former American Idol finalist's wife Leyicet gave birth to Daniel Emanuel on Sunday (20Jan13), which was her due date.

Gokey tells, "Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family. 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!"

The couple will celebrate its first wedding anniversary on 29 January (13).