Christian Star Lauren Daigle Talks Stellar 'Look Up Child' Sales, Being Inspired by Zedd and Contemplating a Pop Crossover

Christian Star Lauren Daigle Talks Stellar 'Look Up Child' Sales, Being Inspired by Zedd and Contemplating a Pop Crossover


Lauren Daigle is having a significant second. Her second studio album, Look Up Child, and its lead single, “You Say,” are making historical past, because the Louisiana-born singer-songwriter concurrently tops 5 Streets Talkin charts — Top Christian Albums and Hot Christian Songs, Christian Airplay, Christian Streaming Songs and Christian Digital Song Sales. 

She’s being dubbed “the Christian Adele,” and music trade insiders are scratching their heads over the truth that an artist identified primarily within the Christian music group debuted at No. three on the all-genre Streets Talkin 200 chart, with over 100,000 albums bought — the largest quantity for a Christian set in almost 9 years. 

Daigle appears simply as shocked by her success. “I’m freaking out. I’m so thrilled,” she tells Streets Talkin. “I used to be speaking with my supervisor and I mentioned, ‘Okay, now that avenue week is completed, I really feel like I can truly exhale and absorb every part as it’s…' This week has been the week that I’m like, ‘Holy moly! What is happening?’"

Daigle says she’s blissful followers had been affected person in ready for the observe as much as her debut set, How Can It Be, which got here out in April 2015 on Nashville-based indie Centricity Music, hitting No. 28 on the Streets Talkin 200. “I do know they’ve waited,” she says of her supporters. “Having that area in between gave me time to rediscover myself as an artist, and gave me area to get residence to Louisiana for a short while. From there, we began making the file, so to see that individuals had been so beneficiant and receptive coming again into it, I’m thrilled.”

Daigle has mentioned the theme of her first album was belief. With Look Up Child, she explains, “It was all about pleasure. I really feel like there have been moments previously yr or two years that I actually needed to be taught the distinction between happiness and pleasure and the place to combat for pleasure when all you are feeling is overwhelmed… every part that I wished individuals to expertise on this file are songs of pleasure, songs of ardour and pleasure, songs that remind individuals of their childlike nature, their childlike view of their life. And combining that with a message of hope.”

Working once more with producers Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, she feels just like the challenge hits the mark. “I used to be in a gathering with this candy woman who mentioned to me, ‘I don’t know a lot about this Christian stuff, however all I do know is that hope factor that you simply’ve received occurring, I need a file of that,’" Daigle relates. "Someone simply nonchalantly saying that opened my eyes to see that’s what we’re all ravenous for. We’re ravenous for hope. We’re ravenous for pleasure on the planet proper now.”

Daigle has identified her share of challenges however lately. At six years previous, she introduced that she wished to be a singer, however as her teen years approached, she switched gears and deliberate to attend school to pursue a profession within the medical discipline, and go into mission work. Then at 15, she turned ailing with a debilitating virus that saved her out of faculty for almost two years as a result of her immune system was so compromised. That down time compelled her to replicate on her true course. “When the Lord simply introduced me into that solitude, I used to be like, ‘How did I get distracted from what my true ardour is? I should be singing,’” she remembers.

With the brand new album, Daigle is seeing her music reaching past one style. “When they first advised me, ‘This is shifting past individuals who’ve heard your music for the primary time with the earlier file, and new individuals are discovering it,’ I actually was actually impacted,” she says. “Because there’s so usually the place you are feeling like, ‘Okay, that is the place that I’m going. This is the peak of all of it and is that this the field that I’ll without end be in.’”

She admits she wasn’t positive who would embrace the primary album, however over the previous few years of touring, she’s seen plenty of the identical faces — and she or he says this album was written, partially, for them. "I heard John Mayer say, ‘I by no means make a second file. I at all times make a primary file,’ and [recording Child] had that feeling," she says. "More individuals are discovering this and the entire purpose of penning this file was to have interaction the individuals who have supported us so far after which add extra to the equation." 

Known for her earthy magnificence and bohemian vogue sense, Daigle isn’t the traditional Christian music act, and the launch of the album mirrored her uniqueness and sense of journey. “Quite a lot of instances, every time you might be doing the enterprise finish of creativity, generally you may get stifled or really feel like a promote out,” she says of the album's advertising and marketing. “But we actually simply stayed targeted all the time on, 'What are the issues which are naturally enjoyable?' And are naturally issues that I gravitate in direction of or like to be concerned with? Let’s have fun these issues, and produce individuals in on the journey that I’m already strolling.”

Daigle says a part of her inspiration got here from watching EDM producer Zedd’s True Colors documentary, which detailed the artistic methods by which the dance star engaged together with his followers about his then-new album. "I’m so about journey like nonstop and I truly noticed the True Colors documentary and was utterly enthralled,” she gushes. “I mentioned, ‘I don’t know the way to make that occur, however I wish to be part of one thing like that. That seems to be a lot enjoyable,’ and so we did."

So Daigle launched Adventure Days, which noticed her sharing related experiences along with her followers nationwide, in anticipation of Look Up Child. "We simply celebrated the making of the file with followers and partnered with radio stations alongside the way in which and we’d do varied adventures," she explains. "We made beignets for one factor in Florida and we rode a scorching air balloon in Dallas for an additional journey and somebody proposed on the finish of that journey. It was so lovely — and she or he mentioned, ‘Yes!’ It was so superior! So we did issues like that partnering with individuals which have been there to help all alongside, and in that we’ve seen super reception.”

Speaking of an amazing reception: the lead single from Child, “You Say,” has already topped 4 Christian charts, and Daigle is happy to see it crossing over to mainstream pop stations — regardless that she says there’s been no formal crossover push for it (but). “I positively assume that they’re going to take ‘You Say’ to pop radio, and it’s form of naturally opening itself up for that which has been simply so shocking,” she notes. “Radio stations are including it already and we don’t actually have a workforce round something, in order that’s been cool to see.”

Daigle’s preliminary success has been within the Christian market, and followers in any style are usually a bit possessive at instances when an act seems to increase their base, however Daigle says she hasn’t skilled any backlash “Thusfar I haven’t — the reception has been unbelievable,” she says. “That’s a present. I don’t assume that occurs on a regular basis, however for some motive it’s occurring and these followers are cheering me on loud, very loud and I hear it. I can go on social media and see how individuals are saying, ‘This file is superb’ and ‘Thank you a lot for giving me one thing else to take heed to…' People are in."

With a strong and enthusiastic fan base within the Christian group and a burgeoning mainstream viewers, Daigle seems poised to have all of it. "I really feel like authenticity speaks louder than something," she presents. "I wish to let authenticity be the factor that individuals hear and that individuals connect with and that individuals don’t really feel left [out] — the Christian fan base doesn’t really feel left, however the non-Christian followers don’t really feel remoted or excluded, as a result of that’s the precise reverse of what I might need as nicely. It’s balancing that and that purest type of balancing that’s simply staying real, staying genuine to who you might be and who God created you to be.”