Danny Gokey brings message of hope to Tivoli

Hope Encounter tour reminds fans negative experiences don't define you

Danny Gokey

If you go

› What: Danny Gokey Hope Encounter Tour› Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.› When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4› Admission: $29.50, $39.50 and $75, plus fees› For more information: 423-757-5580

If anyone is entitled to speak about battling tragedy and overcoming adversity, it's Danny Gokey.

Fans who followed him on Season 8 of "American Idol" know his high-school sweetheart, who became his wife, died just a month before he auditioned for the reality show. In his backstory, he explained she had encouraged him to audition, he had promised her he would and did so in her memory. His story transfixed viewers, as well as inspiring them.

He's had his ups and downs - while album "Rise" reached No. 1 and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Christian Music category, he was battling depression in his personal life.