Lauren Daigle: Southern Songbird

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With a voice as thick and swampy as the Louisiana bayou in which she was born, Lauren Daigle didn’t start singing in her church choir until she was 16 years old. However, her mom insists she’s been belting out tunes since she was in her crib.

“I wasn’t really sure I could sing, honestly,” Daigle admits. “But [at that time] I felt this passion was a calling placed on my life.”

At age 18, she was asked to lead worship for her church’s youth group. Her talent in that arena brought her to Atlanta, where she joined the 30,000-member North Point Community Church and began leading main services as well as working with youth at NPCC’s camps and special events.

Though she says her time in Atlanta was amazing, she decided to take her message on the road. “This is one year that’s going down in the books,” says the now-24-year-old. This summer, Daigle traversed the country on the Outcry Tour, which she says was “absolutely huge.” When her booking agent asked her to craft a dream list of performers she’d like to work with, she named Crowder, For King & Country, Matthew Perryman Jones, Hillsong United and Bethel Music. And now in one year, Daigle has gigs with all five in the books. “This all is taking my breath away!” she says.

“The most important thing is for people to see authenticity up there.

If there’s ever a moment where it looks like I’m doing something in a worship

environment that’s rehearsed, I’d rather not do it. I’d rather not compromise authenticity.”

This fall, Daigle has been busy playing for audiences at theaters and churches along the West Coast as part of the Air1 Positive Hits Tour, and made stops in Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Later this year she returns to the East Coast to play churches like Christ UMC in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; auditoriums like Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia; and events like Adore Christmas Tour in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama, before heading back out west with Chris Tomlin and Crowder for the rest of Adore’s dates.

3 QUICK Q's WITH DAIGLE:

Why include music in an event?

“It is a universal language. You don’t need words at all to communicate a feeling or to make a point. Instruments can speak so loudly.”

Favorite conference?

“North Point Ministries holds a three-day weekend retreat with a concert called InsideOut Live for its high school students. It’s so much fun. Our live record comes from that, so you can hear the kids singing in the background.”

Are you intimated playing the big stage?

“With Outcry Tour, we were doing arenas with 20,000 people. Whenever you see that many people come together, it is amazing how close and small it feels.”