"Trust In You"
Centricity Music's newest
artist, Lauren Daigle, is living up to the high
expectations for her current 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 followup Deluxe Edition of the CD released on May 6.
And, by the way, Lauren won three Dove Awards including "Songwriter of
the Year" at the 48th Annual Dove Awards.
Life experience often serves to sharpen a songwriter’s
edge and provide them with a more colorful palette to
draw from when creating images with their music. Though
she’s young, Lauren Daigle has lived a lot of life and
those experiences—some challenging and others
exhilarating—enrich her perspective and create her
heartfelt worship music.
Blessed with a voice that is both smoky and sweet, Daigle has forged a
unique sound that combines the soulful, heart-in-throat
vulnerability of Adele, with the passionate fire
to serve God that Lauren admires in Brooke Fraser.
How Can It Be, is ripe with the kind of
compelling lyrics and engaging melodies that invite
listeners to draw closer to their creator, and that’s
just what she had in mind.
“There’s a continuing theme on this record—trust,” says Daigle. “My
heart’s cry is that people feel empowered as a body of
Christ. It’s just heavy on my heart for all of us to
rise up in unity and recognize the goodness of God. My
hope is that people are empowered by knowing who they
belong to, knowing that they are the son or daughter of
God, and in response to that being able to worship
fully, worship with complete abandon.”
Faith and music have been intertwined in the Louisiana native’s life
since birth. Growing up in a region steeped in blues,
country, zydeco and Cajun music has inspired her to
frame her worship music in a unique light. But Lauren
admits she almost pushed music to the backburner, unsure
if it was her true calling, until a devastating illness
brought her young life into sharper focus.
“It honestly was one of the best things that had happened to me,” Daigle
says of contracting a debilitating virus when she was 15
that kept her out of school for nearly two years. “I was
a sophomore living life and having a blast. Then there
was a big halt. Because my illness was an immune
deficiency, anything that was airborne I’d catch it. If
any friends were sick I couldn’t be around them, so
going to school became off limits.”
In the quiet solitude forced upon her by this condition, God spoke. “The
Lord began to just pour in passion for music, singing
and writing songs,” says Daigle.
“When I was six-years-old people would say, ‘What do you want to be when
you grow up?’ And I’d say, ‘I want to be a singer.’ My
mom called the house, ‘The Music Box,’ because I’d walk
around the house singing all the time. But when I got
older I went to this college prep school and felt I
needed to get serious, so I thought I’d go into the
medical field and do mission work. Then when the Lord
brought me into that solitude I was like, ‘How did I get
distracted from what my true passion is? I NEED to be
singing.’ He really brought me through all of that
season to pour in a passion for ministry and a passion
Once she was well, Daigle attended a charter school and completed a year
and a half of class work in six months and actually
graduated early. She took a year off from school,
traveling to Brazil to do mission work, before enrolling
at Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in
Child and Family Studies, but music was always on her
She led worship at her church. Then, came here three year effort to ake
it on American Idol.
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.
"During this time, I asked the Lord to come meet me in the middle of the
performances. It didn't matter that I was potentially
singing in front of millions of viewers because it felt
empty. Without His presence there was no joy in the
process. This is when the Lord taught me about the
importance of worship and how fulfilling it is to lift
up His name. I left American Idol with a great
experience under my belt, but joyfully returned to
Louisiana to lead worship for my sweet church."
She sang on an EP a
local band was recording. It was that gig that led to an
invitation from Centricity Music to attend a retreat in
Washington State. When the lead singer of the band had
an emergency appendectomy, Lauren stepped in and
immediately impressed label execs that encouraged her to
come to Nashville.
See Lauren Daigle's
Official Live Video
"How Can It Be"
“After the first week of being in Music City I thought, ‘Ok,
I’m moving to Nashville!’” Daigle says of her current home. She
began collaborating with local songwriters, sang background vocals
on Jason Gray’s hit “Nothing Is Wasted” and landed her
own deal with Centricity Music. She made her debut with the
beautiful Christmas anthem “Light of the World,” which served
as an appetizer that left fans anxiously awaiting her first project.
She did a duet with Atlanta's Chris Tomlin on "Noel" on his
Christmas album, "Adore."
Produced by Paul Mabury (Brooke Fraser, Hillsong, One
Sonic Society), Daigle’s How Can It Be is a compelling
collection of songs that celebrate God’s faithfulness with a sense
of wonder and awe. In the title track/first single, Lauren gives
voice to the grateful heart inside every believer as she sings:
You plead my cause. You right my wrongs. You break my chains. You
overcome. You gave Your life To give me mine. You say that I am
free. How can it be?
The project opens with “I Am Yours,” a powerful reminder of our
worth as children of God.
“It talks about being weak. Sometimes after a stressful week, we’re tired
and drained but when we find security in the Lord and we can say
‘I’m yours,’ that’s when the strength is there,” says Daigle.
“He constantly provides and He constantly pours it into us. As I was
writing, thinking about how I wanted the structure of the EP to go,
I thought it would be awesome if people could immediately recognize
their place in the Lord. I wanted the project to start off with this
song to really encourage people, even if they’re not Christians, by
saying, ‘There is a place for you as a child of God.’”
Lauren penned the current #1 hit “Trust in You” with
Mabury and Michael Farren.
“‘Trust In You’ came from a series of transitions in my life,” she
explains. “My grandfather had just passed away and he and I were
super close. When I lived in Baton Rouge and went to LSU, I lived
with him. He was so much fun and one of the most influential men in
my life. He was the first person really close to me that I had lost.
"I was telling Michael Farren about it and he told me about a book he was
reading by a man who once worked for Mother Teresa. Upon
arriving, she said, ‘Is there anything I can do for you? And he
said, ‘Yes, you can pray for me. You can pray that I have clarity.’
And she said, ‘No, I am not going to pray that you have clarity
because clarity is the last thing that’s holding you back.’ He said,
‘Mother Teresa what are you talking about? You have had clarity your
whole life.’ She said, ‘No, I’ve never had clarity. I’ve only had
trust.’ When I heard that, I knew it was not about seeing the big
picture. It’s about trusting that the Lord is going to be there for
“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” is an evocative song that showcases the
power and passion in Daigle’s distinctive voice. “I wrote that with
Michael and it’s from Ezekiel 37 where the Lords tells the dry bones
to come alive,” Daigle shares. “We all have times in our life when
we feel things are dead, but I have to remember I have the power in
me through Christ that can create anything from dust.”
Each song carries the listener on a worthy emotional journey. All Sons
& Daughters joins Lauren on the impressive “Power to Redeem,”
while “Salt & Light” is one of Daigle’s favorites. “I wrote
the song in my old apartment and thought, ‘Ok Lord, I just have so
much joy in my heart that I want to make sure that my life brings a
beautiful song to you. I want my life to sing to you,” she says. The
album closes out with a bonus track, “Light of the World,”
the inspiring Christmas anthem that has become a fan favorite.
In a short time, Lauren has made an impressive mark on the
Christian music scene. She appeared on Jason Gray’s Christmas
tour and opened for Atlanta's Aaron Shust on the
Morning Rises trek. She sang with Hillsong at a mega
church in Birmingham, an experience she’ll always treasure, and
leads worship three or four Sundays a month at Atlanta’s North Point
Community Church, pastored by Andy Stanley. She has a heart
for victims of human trafficking, a cause she has given her time and
energy to since her college days.
Lauren Daigle has a passion to see lives changed and knows that music is
a powerful vehicle.
“I hope that as these songs hit peoples’ ears, they don’t hear my voice,
they don’t hear really good production, so they can say, ‘Whoa Lord,
I’m encountering YOU right now,’” says Daigle. “That’s my heart’s
cry for How Can It Be. That people are moved and lives get
changed because they get to encounter more about God and see His