Lauren Daigle Reveals She Suffered from 2 Years of “Extreme Illness” Before Music Healed Her
After a record-breaking year filled with Grammy wins and chart-topping songs, the music world can’t help but be mesmerized by the voice, heart, and passion of Lauren Daigle.
The singer’s album “Look Up Child” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart last September, beating out big names like Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. In March, Daigle won her first Grammys in both categories that she was nominated in: Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “Look Up Child” and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “You Say.”
With appearances on major TV platforms including “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Daigle’s fame has only continued to skyrocket.
But life in the limelight won’t ever stop the artist from forgetting where she came from and her humble beginnings.
In a recent interview with Z100 studios in New York, the Lafayette, Louisiana native opened up about how her music career was actually inspired by a time when she was at her lowest, suffering from extreme illness.
At 15-years-old, Daigle was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus, an immune deficiency she described as an “extreme form of mono.”
“I was placed on homebound and that was when my mom said, ‘Hey we should start voice lessons,’ basically to say, ‘to keep you from depression, let’s keep you focused on music,’ ” she explained. “I fell in love, it became my healing. From that space, that’s where those songs come from.”
Though being isolated, sick, and homebound certainly had the potential to drag the singer down into a pit of depression, the time instead inspired a great deal of the music Daigle produces today.
She now encourages people to see their times of great trial as fertile ground for God to bear amazing fruit in ways we may least expect it.
“I feel like that experience, I could live a lifetime off of just those two years,” she shared. “The wealth that was given to me and invested in the time; I tell people a lot of times, ‘What you think might overcome you is actually just the place you’re supposed to launch from. What you think might be the place that is overwhelming and all-consuming is actually just the beginning of your destiny.”
Watch Lauren Daigle’s full interview with Z100 below:
Daigle said in a recent interview with The Christian Post that she is remaining true to her call of going outside the walls of the church to share the Gospel.
“I think the passage that says, ‘Go out into the world and draw people unto Him,’ the Great Commission, that’s what I think about in regard to the mainstream aspect,” Daigle told CP in the interview. “I wasn’t looking at [making my music] as in mainstream versus Christian. I was like, ‘OK, what is the purest version of me? Or what is the purest thing that God has written into my spirit and how do I express that? How do I communicate that?”
The 27-year-old Louisiana native said she’s not afraid to appeal to the world with her message of hope, which some fear might lead her astray and to abandon her worship roots to become a secular artist. Daigle, however, said her faith and mission in life has never been clearer.
“[My music] is having crossover appeal, but it doesn’t mean that I’m leaving one for the other or that I’m going to be swept up by one thing or the other. For me, it’s like, ‘Oh, everything just got even more clear.’ Everything just got clearer as to why it is that we go and love people who are outside of the walls of our church, outside of the walls that we’re comfortable with,” Daigle added.
Daigle is scheduled to perform at the Billboard Music Awards Wednesday, May 1 on NBC.