Lauren Daigle returns with new single “You Say,” which bounds onto Billboard‘s Christian Airplay chart (dated July 21) at No. 22 with 1.9 million audience impressions in the week ending July 15, according to Nielsen Music.
On the Hot Christian Songs chart, which combines airplay, streaming and sales data, the ballad opens at No. 33.
The song, which the Lafayette, La., native co-wrote, makes the highest entrance on Christian Airplay this year. It logs the best start for a non-holiday song by an unaccompanied female artist in over eight years, since Francesca Battistelli’s “Beautiful, Beautiful” bowed at No. 21 on March 20, 2010.
“You Say” is the first offering from Daigle’s second proper full-length, Look Up Child, due Sept. 7. The new single is the first song that Daigle penned since her debut LP How Can It Be, which ruled Top Christian Albums for 11 weeks and rises 5-2 in its 171st week on the list; it has earned 1.2 million equivalent album units since its April 2015 release. Daigle followed with the holiday set Behold: A Christmas Collection, which spent five weeks at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums beginning in December 2016.
“‘You Say’ was written at a time when I felt like things were getting away from me and, honestly, I was feeling overwhelmed,” Daigle tells Billboard. “This song became my anchor and my rock and it gave me truth. I hope it does the same for anyone that hears it.”