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Christian singer Danny Gokey headlining a tour for first time

Danny Gokey has achieved another milestone in his career.

The Christian singer recently took the helm of “The Hope Encounter Tour,” his first headlining tour.

“It’s been a good journey,” he says in a recent phone interview. “I’ve always dreamed of this moment. I’ve been part of some great tours, and I know what I want from mine.”

Gokey got his break in music on “American Idol,” competing in the eighth season of the TV series. He placed third in the show.

Since the show, he’s released five albums. His most recent is “Rise,” released in January 2017.

Gokey is working on a new album and was recently signed to Capitol Records.

“It feels great,” he says. “I get to finally create something from my own mind and my own design. This is something I haven’t been able to do yet.”

For this tour, he’s working with choreographer Laurieann Gibson.

“I’ve always had a little bit of dancing in my live performances,” he says. “Laurieann has worked with some of the biggest and best artists. She’ll definitely bring her signature style to it all.”

On the tour, Gokey will be joined by Tauren Wells and Riley Clemmons.

Wells, a four-time Grammy nominee, debuted “Hills and Valleys” – his first full-length solo project – in July 2017, just before hitting arenas on the Lionel Richie/Mariah Carey 22-city “All the Hits Tour.”

The album’s title track was one of the most streamed Christian songs of 2017, according to Spotify, now registers over 50 million total streams.

Clemmons is an 18-year-old, Nashville-based singer-songwriter signed to Capitol Christian Music Group.

Her debut single, “Broken Prayers,” skyrocketed on radio upon its release in early 2018, and the music video earned over a million views on YouTube in less than two months.

The single has now crossed over 10 million global streams.

Gokey says the trio of performers share a management team and it was a no-brainer to take them out on tour.

“We’ve been building some solid relationships,” he says. “They are doing really well with their solo careers. It’s great to be able to get solid performers on this ticket.”