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Atlanta's
Lauren Daigle's

Unexpected Path to Purpose


~ by Ryan Thomas, Life1019.com ~

  Centricity Music's newest artist, Lauren Daigle, more than lived up to the high expectations for her first single, "Trust In You." The song reached No. 1 on Billboard's Contemporary Christian music charts. It was named "Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year" at the Dove Awards. It followed on the heels of the title track from  "How Can It Be" which also made the top 5.
  A follow up Deluxe Edition of the CD won three Dove Awards including "Songwriter of the Year" at the 48th Annual Dove Awards.
  A third hit from "How Can It Be" is on the charts now with "O Lord."
 
She's been very busy, picking up another Dove Award as the vocalist on Needtobreathe's "Hard Love."

  Lauren has ventured in non-Christian circles before including a few auditions for American Idol.
   "I tried out for American Idol for the first time when I was 17 years-old (in 2010)," she told Hallel.com. "I made it to the end of Hollywood Week and got the big 'NO' on the green mile, the round where you are one on one with the judges to find out if you have made it to the Top 24.

  "I tried out again the next season and did not even make it to Hollywood. The following year (2012), I tried out one more time and made it from the Hollywood rounds to the Las Vegas level, but I was cut after the first round in Las Vegas.
 
 She was ready to start planning for her future and thinking about college. Then, she received a stunning diagnosis.
  "I was diagnosed with this illness called Cytomegalovirus. Basically, it's an autoimmune deficiency. So I was really susceptible to getting illnesses if I was out of the house, and also I was experiencing extreme fatigue. So basically I would sleep for about fourteen hours a night and then wake up with just enough energy to go to the sofa and lay there all day."

  Her condition was so serious that she wasn't able to attend her southern Louisiana high school for nearly two years, keeping at her studies from home. Yet, in these midst of these frustrating obstacles she never could have foreseen, God reached out to her in a powerful way.

  "The Lord really, really met me in that season, and I don't take that season for granted at all. I'm actually so thankful that I was able to walk through something like that.

  Do I believe that God gave me the illness? No, but the Word says that He works all things out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. So in that situation He worked out the very best things that could have happened for me.

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  Remarkably, it was this season of illness that God really used to confirm the path that Lauren - now a twenty three year old music artist taking contemporary Christian music by storm - was supposed to take.

  "So I started doubting what the Lord had put on my heart from a young age.

  "When I was young, the Lord always pressed on me that I wanted to sing! People would ask what I wanted to do when I grow up, and I'd say I wanted to sing!

  But, as I started to get older - I started to think about what makes the most sense, because of the way my surroundings were impacting my mindset. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But it was incredible how the Lord didn't let me fall under, but instead He used that season of being sick to remind me - that was also His purpose and His plan for my life as well.

  He started imparting vision to me during that time. It was amazing because I was laying on the bed, wasn't able to do anything and I would get visions of touring, and tour buses and being on and off stages, and venues, and interviews, and charts. I mean He showed me literally so much of it, and I would lay in bed and say God is this just me dreaming? Am I getting cabin fever, or is this really what you're calling me to?

 And He would assure me, and say, 'No! This is what I have in store!'

  It was beautiful because not only in that time did He awaken a dream in me, but He also didn't allow me to fall under to what the enemy wanted to create in that time - loneliness & depression. God let me see the next season. He didn't allow me to remain stuck in that place. It was really a beautiful time when I started to learn who God was our comforter, who He is as our provider, and also how He was going to restore what the locusts had tried to eat as well."

  Lauren, now based in Atlanta, recently ventured beyond Christian music by writing a song for the No. 1 movie in the country, "Blade Runner 2049."

  Daigle has a song called "Almost Human" on the soundtrack of the science fiction film that is ruling the box office. In a lengthy Facebook post, the American Music Award-nominated singer, who has also been nominated for Grammy Awards, revealed why she decided to work on a project that was not Christian.

  "I'd rather walk into unfamiliar places with purpose than stay safe within the walls of complacency. I never know where the road goes, but I know where it leads," she wrote. "I'm excited for people I've never met to be inspired and to feel a love that transforms all of humanity. I may not have created the score for a film, but Hans Zimmer isn't so bad."

  Lauren and the band Switchfoot have also teamed up on the new song titled "I Won't Let You Go."

  "We had the pleasure of bringing our friend Lauren Daigle into the studio to create this new unreleased version of 'I Won't Let You Go.' It was so inspiring to hear her breathe fresh life into one of our favorite songs," shares Switchfoot's Jon Foreman.

  Daigle adds, "This song and lyric meant so much to me. I'm so excited Switchfoot invited me into their studio to sing on this new unreleased version of 'I Won't Let You Go.' I hope it deeply impacts you too."

 

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LAUREN DAIGLE
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Sure to be a fan favorite! Combining soulful vulnerability with a passion for God, Dove Award-winning artist Lauren Daigle invites you to draw closer to your Creator in this deluxe edition of her best-selling album. Features the #1 "Trust In You," "First," "Come Alive," and more---plus new songs "Now Is Forever" and "Wordless," and a live recording of the title track. Nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Album.

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