Is Lauren Daigle Right to Push Back at the ‘Christian Artist’ Label?


Lauren Daigle discusses her musical genre crossovers this year. As her influence rises beyond just being a “Christian artist” her faith seems more grounded than ever.


Soulful music savant Lauren Daigle is breaking free of the labels, and would just simply love to be considered an “artist.” No one can deny the God-related grit her lyrics exude, this Louisiana native has a strong faith background and it comes through in her chart-topping album “Look Up Child” that came out last year.

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In Lauren’s recent interview with 104.3MYfm, when asked about the label of “Christian artist” Lauren stated, “I think part of me is just an artist because it encompasses everything.” While Lauren affirms that she will remain true to who she is, concerning genre labels she quotes, “I feel like those labels get put on you by other people.”

The recent interview continued to ask Daigle about her popularity in reach beyond her genre. Now having songs that have premiered on popular shows like Shonda Rhimes Grey’s anatomy, it’s obvious there is something the world is connecting to. Lauren shares on her widespread influence, “You look and see, how people relate when you just share your experience. Like, people can’t deny oh, this is something that I can relate to, she’s human, she’s going through that too, I wrestle with the same thing, and I think that connectability is what makes it move beyond just one place.”

Her music is definitely moving and the momentum looks like it’s not stopping anytime soon! Lauren’s incredible album “Look Up Child” debuted at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart. Her soulful authentic sound has captured the world’s attention. Her album beating music heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, Drake and Cardi B in the charts.

The 27-year-old singer has faced a bit of criticism, after appearing on the Ellen Show last year. Many fans viewed it as an act of support towards the LGBT community. But it’s all love for Lauren who responded “I think the second we start drawing lines around which people are able to be approached and which aren’t, we’ve already completely missed the heart of God,” stated during her interview with WAY-FM Radio.

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On crossing genres, Daigle said it best in an interview with the Christian Post, “[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.”

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The fact that her success has been more mainstream, does not mean that she is forsaking her faith. Mark 16:15 says “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” We love how Lauren isn’t placing herself in a box but is truly breaking barriers and taking the good news to people and homes that might never have heard it otherwise. Though her genre in music has broadened, her faith and love for Jesus seem all the more grounded. It definitely inspires us to go beyond the church walls and create music, art, products and services that draw communities to Jesus that might not know him.