Declares What God Says About Her in New Record
~ By Jeannie
Law , Christian Post ~
Daigle is gearing up to release her first album in
three years and in her new single, "You Say," the
young singer dispels self-doubt by declaring what God
says about her.
"You Say" hit radio earlier this month and has already made the
highest entrance on Christian Airplay this year. The
anthem has had the best start for a non-holiday solo
female artist in over eight years. In the song, Daigle
admits having to fight the lies in her head to believe
what God says about her.
The song skyrocketed to #1 in
only its second week on Billboard's Contemporary
Christian Music charts
"You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing/ You say I am strong when I
think I am weak/ You say I am held when I am falling
short/ When I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours/And I
believe, oh I believe/ What You say of me," she sings in
Daigle recently sat down with Billboard to talk about the heart behind
her upcoming full-length album, titled Look Up Child,
due Sept. 7, and the new single.
"'You Say' was written at a time when I felt like things were
getting away from me and, honestly, I was feeling
overwhelmed," Daigle told Billboard. "This song became
my anchor and my rock and it gave me truth. I hope it
does the same for anyone that hears it."
"I knew this would be a song of my identity," she continued. "'You say I
am loved.' That's the truth."
In an earlier podcast interview with Billboard's
Nashville-based country, Christian and gospel chart
manager Jim Asker, Daigle shared some of the inspiration
behind the 12 of the 13 tracks she co-wrote for the new
"I want this to be such a record of joy, such a record
of hope, that people experience a childlikeness again.
In the time of making this record, I had to remember who
I was as a child. I want people to reflect on, 'The
innocence of my childhood ... how do I see myself
through those eyes again? How do I love myself like that
again? Where's that joy? Where's that hope?'" she said
of Look Up Child.
The new project follows her successful 2015 debut LP, How Can It Be.
The first album spent 188 weeks on Billboard's Top
Christian Albums and counting.
On the podcast, the Lafayette, Louisiana, native also touched on being a
Christian singer and her experience of working with
people outside her genre.
The 26-year-old joined country superstar Reba McEntire at the 52nd
annual Academy of Country Music Awards last year for an
unforgettable rendition of McEntire's hit song, "Back
"I don't shy away from singing about my faith," Daigle said. "I think it
conveys honesty, and people see authenticity. More
people are going to relate to my music if it's sincere.
I believe that wholeheartedly. That's how you reach
people that might not have felt that [the Christian
genre] was their home before."
Centricity Music's newest
artist 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
A third hit from "How Can It Be" also charted with "O
She's been very busy, picking up another Dove
Award as the vocalist on Needtobreathe's "Hard
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
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
"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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Christian Singer Is Bigger Than Drake and Ariana Grande
Lauren Daigle's chart-topping
debut highlights the deep endurance of
Christian music in America
~ By Amy X.
Wang, Billboard.com ~
easily took the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week
when his new album Egypt Station blew past
153,000 equivalent album units - a forceful 147,000 of
which were traditional album sales. Eminem's
Kamikaze, now two weeks old, slotted in at Number
Two with 136,000 units.
But just under those two, and well ahead of records by Drake, Ariana
Grande, Mac Miller, Post Malone, Travis Scott and
Nicki Minaj, is a somewhat unexpected record called
Look Up Child by 27-year-old Christian singer
Lauren Daigle, selling 115,000 units, 103,000 of
which are traditional album sales. Granted, the
aforementioned musicians' records are a few weeks old
while Daigle's is brand new. The might of Look Up
Child's release rivals that of other top artists in
the past, though: Arcade Fire, for instance, sold
100,000 copies in the first week of its album
Everything Now last year, which took it to Number
One on the Billboard 200, and Camila Cabello's
album Camila came in at 110,000 units upon debut,
which also was enough to bring it to Number One that
Look Up Child - which sets the record for biggest Christian music
album of 2018, biggest traditional sales frame for any
Christian album in nine years and biggest sales week for
a Christian female artist in over 20 years - owes part
of its big splash to concert/album and merchandise/album
bundle sales, but it also sold well in traditional
retail stores, according to Nielsen figures.
You Say skyrocketed to
#1 in only its second week on Billboard's Contemporary
Christian Music charts.
Other cuts from the CD have reached the Top 25 as well with Rescue,
Look Up Child, This Girl and Still Rolling Stones
all making appearances.
Daigle, whose first album went platinum after its 2015 release, tells
Rolling Stone she is "overjoyed" to see the new album
debuting high on the charts this week, adding that it's
been her dream to share her music with such a broad
audience. "I'm inspired to see music continue to
cross-pollinate through genres," she says. "I'm
incredibly grateful for how well people have connected
with Look Up Child."
The album's success highlights
something broader, however: the deep persistence of
Christian music in the U.S. audience - an aspect of
music consumption that has been largely skipped over by
headlines proclaiming rap as the sole driver of modern
music in America. While rap and R&B have indeed risen to
become the leading genre of music consumption, Christian
music remains a sizable minority mass. Solid numbers are
hard to come by, but at its annual conference in 2015,
the Gospel Music Association reported that 68 percent of
Americans had listened to Christian or gospel music
within the last 30 days.
Christian radio stations - which sprung up soon after Christian rock's
inception in the late Sixties and have proliferated
quietly but steadily ever since - dominate the broadcast
landscape, matching country music stations and news
stations in size. And as Kelefa Sanneh recently
noted in the New Yorker, half of the 20 most popular
rock songs of 2017 were by "bands whose members have
espoused the Christian faith," even if their music was
not overtly marketed as Christian.
"Faith no longer seems so alien to popular music - ours is an era
where plenty of artists, not just religious ones, aim to
send inspirational messages," Sanneh observes.
But the case of Look Up Child is still exceptional, accentuating
the degree to which American music fans rally around
Christian music, even as other leading genres of the
past few decades fizzle out.
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