Congratulations are in order for Danny Gokey and his wife, Leyicet Peralta: The couple is expecting their third child in 2017!

Gokey tells People that his wife surprised him with the happy news on New Year's Eve: "She showed me the pregnancy stick," he recalls, "and I was like, ‘You’re kidding me, you’re serious?’”

"I was on cloud nine," Gokey adds. "There’s a lot of new things and a lot of expectancy for this year.”

Gokey and Peralta's new baby will join siblings Daniel Emanuel, who turns four in January, and Victoria Isabella, who is two. The singer and former American Idol contestant has a new album dropping Friday (Jan. 13), and plans to take his family with him on the road this year.

“I refuse to miss out on my children’s lives,” Gokey says, noting that it's important to him that he "instill[s] them with the education and the knowledge of the things that I’ve learned to make their life better.”

Gokey's new project, Rise, is available for pre-order via his website. Although he was originally signed to RCA Nashville following his time on Idol, since parting ways with the label in 2011, his music has leaned more toward the Christian genre.

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