The wait is over. Lauren Daigle‘s new single “You Say” was released to Christian radio on July 9, and the song will be followed by her second studio full-length, Look Up Child, due Sept. 7. The set is her follow-up to her 2015 breakthrough, How Can It Be.
As she gets ready for her next chapter, Daigle sat down for a podcast (listen below) with Billboard‘s Nashville-based country, Christian and gospel chart manager Jim Asker to discuss Look Up Child, for which she co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks, her upcoming tour and dealing with the expectations of following a wildly successful debut LP.
How Can It Be has spent 188 weeks on Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart, 11 of those frames at No. 1, beginning May 2, 2015. Still going strong, it ranks at No. 5 on the latest, July 14-dated survey.
Since its release, the set has earned 1.2 million equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, and has produced three No. 1s on Billboard‘s Christian Airplay chart, notably spanning four calendar years: “First,” which led for three weeks starting Oct. 24, 2015; “Trust in You” (April 9, 2016, nine weeks); and “O’ Lord” (Feb. 3, 2018, one week).
On Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs chart, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data, Daigle has earned two leaders: “Trust in You,” which ruled for 18 weeks beginning March 26, 2016, and “Back to God,” her duet with country icon Reba McEntire, which crowned the Feb. 18, 2017, list.
Daigle also released the holiday set Behold: A Christmas Collection, which spent five weeks at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums beginning Dec. 31, 2016.
“I don’t shy away from singing about my faith,” Daigle says. “I think it conveys honesty, and people see authenticity. More people are going to relate to my music if it’s sincere. I believe that wholeheartedly. That’s how you reach people that might not have felt that [the Christian genre] was their home before.”
The past several years have been a whirlwind of activity for the Lafayette, Louisiana, native, who endearingly refers to herself as “just a girl from the swamp.”
On the podcast, Daigle shares thoughts about her work with McEntire, her openness to collaborating with other artists from outside her genre and her uniquely powerful style of singing, which began with her belting out songs around the house when she was 5 years old.
Daigle also muses about the new album’s lead single, “You Say.” “I knew this would be a song of my identity,” she says. “‘You say I am loved.’ That’s the truth.”
As for Look Up Child overall, and its title, Daigle says, “I want this to be such a record of joy, such a record of hope, that people experience a childlikeness again. In the time of making this record, I had to remember who I was as a child. I want people to reflect on, ‘The innocence of my childhood … how do I see myself through those eyes again? How do I love myself like that again? Where’s that joy? Where’s that hope?'”