Tauren Wells is perhaps best known in the church world as the former frontman of the Christian band Royal Tailor. However, in between launching a worship school with his wife, serving on staff at a church and starting a solo career, Wells has landed an impressive gig: the opening act for Lionel Richie’s “All the Hits” tour, featuring Mariah Carey.
“I’m ecstatic to be added to a tour with such music icons,” Wells says. “It’s an amazing opportunity God has provided for me to share some of my new music, and I’m grateful to my team for working so hard on my behalf to make dreams like this a reality.”
Wells is performing songs from his new album, Hills and Valleys, which he released early this year.
Wells said he came up with the title song, “Hills and Valleys,” while he was jamming at church. As he was playing, a quote came to mind that says, “’When you’re on the mountain tops of life, learn to bow low, and when you’re in the valleys of life, learn to stand tall.’ And I thought man, this is a perfect picture for the believer.” Hence, the song is about learning to handle the mountaintop moments and the valley moments of life. “No matter where we’re at, we’re standing in God’s grace,” Wells explains.
Mandisa caught a glimpse of the fellow artist in action at the “All the Hits Tour” and posted the following video to her Facebook page.
But what might be even more impressive about Wells (besides his musical talent) is his commitment to the church. His wife, Lorna Brittany Wells, is the worship pastor of Roayalwood Church in Houston, Texas. Additionally, the couple launched Prisma Worship Arts School in 2014. The school has over 100 students and employs 20 “Dream Coaches” to help aspiring worship artists hone their skills and produce songs.
Lorna Brittany and Tauren also have two small children. Wells admits it’s hard to leave the kids while on tour, but he tells them, “You know why I’m leaving? To tell people about Jesus. That’s what we do.”
Ministry is on the forefront of Wells’ mind. When he signed with Provident Label Group to release his solo album, Hills and Valleys, he said he hopes “to use this solo platform as a way to minister to more, reach more and love more.”
You can listen to the title track from Hills and Valleys below.