Lauren Daigle's deepest desire is to write music that opens doors for people to encounter Jesus Christ.  “If I can help people, even if it's with a three-minute song, just experience God, you never know how that will change the rest of their day or the rest of their life,” she offers. “I just want people to be able to experience Him." Lauren's songs, including “How Can It Be” and "First," are a direct reflection of this desire.

How Can It Be" is a song born out of the knowledge of God's grace and the freedom He offers as we run to Him just as we are. "When I heard this song for the first time, I was completely confronted with all the things I'd been ashamed of, Lauren reflects. "I was like 'Ok Lord, what is grace?' ... in that one moment He showed me the freedom in coming to Him."

From a young age Lauren, a Louisiana native, had the opportunity to immerse herself in an environment filled with music. “My mom called our house 'The Music Box,' because any time I was awake I would be singing,” she shares, “I never noticed it. I literally sang all the time.”

Lauren's ultimate calling to sing actually came later in life as the result of a setback.  She contracted a serious, contagious virus when she was in high school that caused her to be out of school for nearly two years.  Although Lauren was able to keep up with her studies through correspondence courses, homeschooling and eventually attending a charter school, the last two years of high school were an unusually isolated season for Lauren who was just coming into her own as a teen.  That exaggerated period of loneliness actually allowed the young singer to become fully aware of her true desire to whole-heartedly pursue her musical aspirations.  “Singing was becoming more than just a dream,” she says.  “It was becoming, 'How am I going to survive if I don't do this?'"

At the encouragement of her dad, she tried out for “American Idol” and ended up being a contender in 2010 and 2012. The rigorous audition process proved to be a path of personal growth that helped bring her to where she is today.

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