Lauren Daigle

  • Contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter, born in 1991 from Lafayette Louisiana.
  • Daigle was influenced by Louisiana music – blues, zydeco and Cajun music. She was always singing as a child. At 15 years old, she contracted mononucleosis, which forced her to be home-schooled. She turned to singing to fight the isolation. After she recovered, she sang at church and at choir at LSU. Her friends saw her talent, and encouraged her to compete in American Idol – she was cut just before the final 24 in 2010, and made it to the Hollywood round in 2012. She began to sing for other contemporary Christian artists. By 2013, she was signed by a record label.
  • Her first single, Light of the World, was released in 2013 as part of a collection of holiday songs on an album by her record label. It gained much attention for Daigle, and her first EP, How Can It Be, was released in the fall of 2014.  Three of the five songs were co-written by Daigle, and her powerful “smoky” alto singing voice led to comparisons with Adele. This led to her first studio full length album, also titled How Can It Be, released in April 2015. The album was lauded by critics, and it sold over 1 million copies, reaching #1 on the Christian albums chart and #28 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The single How Can It Be reached #5 on the Christian Songs chart, followed by First, which reached #2 and Trust In You, which topped the chart. She won Dove, K-Love and Billboard awards with the music from the album, and well as 2 Grammy nominations.
  • After releasing a soft jazz Christmas album in 2016 – which topped the Christian album charts – she performed a duet with Reba McIntyre titled Back To God. It reached #1 on the Christian songs chart – Daigle’s second chart topper, and McIntyre’s first Christian #1.
  • Daigle’s most recent studio album, Look Up Child, was released in September 2018. Daigle co-wrote all but 1 of the 13 songs. It topped the Christian charts, and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album won the 2019 Grammy award for Best Contemporary Christian Music album, and its lead single, You Say, won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. The song also was her first to chart in the Hot 100 chart, reaching #29. The title track to the album reached #5 on the Christian songs chart – her twelfth top 10 single, more than any other woman in the history of the chart.
  • While Adele probably will ultimately sell more records than Daigle, you can definitely hear a little Adele in her. Here is her Grammy winning single, You Say. And the beauty of Christian music is that the message is positive – even if you’re not so sure of who Christ was/is. Enjoy this wonderful vocalist.

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