The world has watched in amazement as Lauren Daigle seemingly came out of nowhere and rocked the music industry with a new spin on the contemporary Christian music genre.
The beautiful 24-year-old has won multiple music awards for her flawless vocals and inspiring lyrics of hope.
But just a few months after being nominated for a Grammy Award, Lauren Daigle reveals the shocking journey that led to her rise to stardom.
In a world full of risqué music and recording artists willing to bare all, Lauren Daigle sets a different kind of standard.
Lauren is modest, humble, and lives to glorify God — instead of herself.
Last year, Daigle released her debut album How Can It Be with record-breaking sales proving that America has been in desperate need of hope.
Lauren shared, “I think there’s a lot of chaos happening in the world right now and I think people want something solid to lean on… I think that every person has a hunger for something good even if they don’t realize it because the world is full of insecurities, but people look for what’s the one thing they can stand on.”
She’s blessed with a sweet, smoky, and soulful alto singing voice. Today, the young Louisiana native’s music is making a landmark across the board, and it’s hard to believe that just two years ago, hardly anyone had ever heard of Lauren Daigle.
She’s the fastest-selling new artist in her genre in the past decade. With a No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart, a Grammy Award nomination, three concert tours under her belt, and a handful of K-Love and Dove awards already in her pocket, Daigle’s pride could easily swell up. Instead, Daigle prays that listeners forget about her voice and turn to God.
Lauren shared, “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.’ That’s my heart’s cry… that people are moved and lives get changed because they get to encounter more about God and see His character.”
Lauren Daigle is considered the new “It” girl on the Christian music scene, but her journey hasn’t been easy.
Born on September 9, 1991, Lauren Ashley Daigle was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and immersed in gospel, zydeco, blues, and Cajun music. And as far back as she can remember, Daigle was constantly singing — but she had no idea if she was any good.
The beautiful young musician shared, “My mom likes to say that I came out of the womb singing.” She continued, “My mom called our house ‘The Music Box,’ because any time I was awake I would be singing, I never noticed it. I literally sang all the time. My brother used to cry to my mom, ‘Please make her stop. I can’t hear Celine Dion any more, Mom!’”
Lauren’s parents were very supportive of her gift. Daigle’s father – a lover of classic rock and all things Led Zepplin – would challenge the family on long car rides to play something he called “The Dollar Game.” The game consisted of naming the artist responsible for whatever song was playing on the radio at the time. If young Daigle could name the singer, she’d win a dollar.
Daigle shared, “I don’t know if he knew what he was doing at that time, but he was training my ear.”
Lauren’s parents were also big fans of Christian music, and taught their daughter to seek God in all of her endeavors.
“They handed me over to the Lord from the moment that I was born,” the singer told Guide Post. “Even the things that were completely outlandish, they would always say, ‘If this is what God is telling you to do, then go for it.’”
Lauren was convinced that the Lord wanted her to sing, but at only 15-years-old tragedy had struck. Daigle contracted a serious and contagious virus when she was in high school that caused her to be bedridden and out of school for nearly two years.
Lauren shared, “It’s kind of funny how God sets things up, as I was super-busy. I was in high school running all over the place and God stopped me – He stopped me in my tracks.”
Daigle kept up with her studies by homeschooling through correspondence courses, but those two years of high school were painfully isolating for the joyful and bubbly, outgoing teenager. Additionally, Daigle had no energy due to her illness and would spend hours at a time sleeping. But as Lauren turned to the Lord throughout that quiet and lonely season, He began stirring His plans for her inside her heart.
Lauren shared, “When I was about 15 is kind of when it all started to set into place,” Daigle told FOX411. “I was placed on homebound for an illness and it was during that period that my heart just started coming alive for music. Singing was becoming more than just a dream. It was becoming, ‘How am I going to survive if I don’t do this?’”
Ultimately, the Lord would turn everything around — like only He can do — and use a torturous season for His glory and Lauren’s good. Lauren found herself turning to worship and began singing at her local church, and says that God came to her in “dreams and visions” to tell her that one day she would become a singer.
Lauren shared, “I thought ‘I’m just losing it. I’m getting cabin fever.’ But He assured me, ‘No, this is what I have in store.’ And as I just started drawing closer and closer to God, He started affirming me. I had all of these dreams and visions that were coming to me, and I knew it was God telling me I could do this. It was during this season when I truly began to know God and His character.
He gave me hope the entire time; I wasn’t going through this for any reason. This wasn’t just the lot I was handed in life. No, I knew, I could tell, God was setting me up for something and I needed to stay focused.”
And as Lauren drew closer to the Lord, she found God caring for her every need — slowly but surely, Jesus Christ was becoming her all.
Lauren reflected, “Every morning I would get up and read my devotionals and every night before bed. Soon I started making my own devotionals. The Word was filling me up so much and during a season when I was completely alone. It was the one time in my life that my mom worked – she was a teacher at the school that I went to and my dad also worked, so I was really home alone. During that time, God would give me visions and dreams of the season that I’m walking through now! He affirmed me and who I was in Him. He showed me that my placement had to be with Him and He began to teach me that He was my comforter, He was my portion and He was my foundation. I was baptized when I was a little girl, raised in the church, and a part of a Christian family; but it changed from that to God being my source, my Savior.”
After two years of being bedridden, Daigle was finally well enough to leave her home. Lauren attended a charter school, completed a year and a half of class work in six months, and graduated early.
Lauren then decided to take a year off from going to college, and headed to Brazil to do mission work. Upon returning home, her parents convinced her to try out for the singing competition, American Idol.
Daigle was cut just before American Idol’s final 24 contestants in 2010, and made it through the Hollywood round in 2012, but was cut in the first Las Vegas round.
The competition’s exhausting audition process was the catalyst God used to bring clarity to Daigle’s life. Surrounded by people fighting to climb the ladder of success, Lauren found herself at a turning point, where she would ultimately surrender her dreams to the Lord.
Daigle shared, “‘Why is this not mattering, honestly?’ And He [God] said, ‘Because it’s not worship.’ I was like, ‘OK God, how about this? How about You just take my heart and just change it to whatever You want?’”
After her American Idol stint, Lauren enrolled at Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in Child and Family Studies. But her God-sized dream of pointing others to hope through music remained on her heart. Lauren continued to sing throughout college and even led LSU’s choir.
Lauren shared, “I took my hands off of it for a while and said, ‘Whatever is supposed to happen, will happen.’ And that’s when it all started to get into place.”
While a student at LSU, a local band asked Daigle to sing background vocals on an EP they were recording. When Centricity Music (also the label for Hillsong and Brooke Fraser) heard the track, they reached out and invited Lauren to an “artist retreat” in Washington as a solo artist. When another band’s lead singer suddenly had to have an emergency appendectomy, Daigle was asked to fill in his place. Lauren had fully entrusted her dreams to the Lord, but she suddenly found herself on center stage, and God took care of the rest.
In 2013, God’s plans for Daigle finally came into fruition, and the young singer signed with Centricity Music. But upon moving to Nashville, her album’s project came to a shocking halt when her beloved grandfather fell tragically ill. Lauren was heartbroken, and immediately went home. Her grandfather passed five days after her return to Louisiana.
Lauren explained that her song, ‘Trust In You’ was written during that time of tremendous loss and grief. She shared, “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…. It [the song] is about trusting that the Lord is going to be there for you.”
Lauren eventually returned to Nashville and the rest is history. In retrospect, Lauren looks back and can see how God set her apart from the very beginning.
Daigle shared, “When I was a kid and God was talking to me about music, I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll sing mainstream music’ because I was afraid to sing Christian music to alienate my friends. Honestly, it was going on ‘Idol,’ having that kind of exposure that I realized there’s something different about me. I just crave God being a part of every moment.”
As Lauren Daigle’s music continues to bring hope to desperate hearts across the globe, the Lord is faithfully continuing the work He began in Lauren — so that she can share it with others. In a recent interview, Lauren shared how the Lord is teaching her to overcome fear, and instead focus on His perfect love.
Lauren’s life is proof of God’s sovereignty and power. The Lord desires to use us for His glory and our good. And Lauren Daigle’s life is a beautiful picture of what happens when you entrust your plans to the Lord.
Lauren shared, “There’s a continuing theme on this record — trust. 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, to worship with complete abandon.”
Lauren prays that her music inspires others to turn to God — the same God who plucked a Louisiana girl from obscurity and used her to share His powerful message of hope, healing, and redemption.
Lauren shared, “I love to sing all kinds of music but I know that my heart is for people to know God and I want them to experience his love. I have this call in my heart to reach all people… my heart is for all people to know and encounter the love of God.”
The How Can It Be singer is using her fame to promote Jesus Christ, and bring freedom to others. Also passionate about putting an end to human trafficking, Daigle prays that her platform brings freedom to those without a voice. It’s an issue she’s been fervent about since high school.
“Once again, I’m standing in amazement of God’s story writing, Proverbs 16:9 says, ‘The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.’ I have held dearly to this verse ever since I was a little girl. So humbled, honored and thankful that He has directed my steps along this journey and has brought me to places I could only dream of.” – Lauren Daigle
Thank you, Lauren Daigle, for bringing God’s message of hope and redemption to our broken world. Your life paints a beautiful picture of what trusting in Jesus Christ looks like — and just how mightily God can use one young woman willing to surrender her dreams. America needs more unashamed women of faith like Lauren Daigle, please share if you agree.