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
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
"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
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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."