Lauren Daigle, 2x Grammy Award singer-songwriter, joins John O’Leary on the Live Inspired Podcast to share how she embraces stillness, rediscovered her childlike wonder + her unwavering faith.
Lauren Daigle is the fastest-selling new artist in the Contemporary Christian genre of the last decade. Critically acclaimed for her unique, soulful + soaring vocals, the singer-songwriter is sincere, down-to-earth and has unwavering faith.
Today, the 2-time Grammy Award winner shares how her Louisiana-roots cultivated her appreciation for music, the uplifting inspiration behind her lyrics, and how rediscovering her childlike wonder helped her find greater joy in life.
Lauren also shares how she previously embraced a period of stillness amidst a whirlwind of success, how it propelled her forward into her next fruitful season + what it could mean for you today.
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- “We’re on the precipice of something extraordinary. If the whole world is still and experiencing a level of silence, great things come on the other side of those experiences.”
- “I need to learn to love change because it is inevitable.”
- Lauren grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana surrounded by a culture of music, passion + creativity.
- Music was a formative way of learning, a way of life + a way to come out of hard, dark times.
- As a teenager, Lauren was homebound because of the immunocompromising virus cytomegalovirus and music became a way to stay motivated and out of depression.
- “Being still showed me the future.”
- “My life experiences allow a texture, tone or an emotion to come out in my voice.”
- After high school, Lauren helped build a church on a mission trip to Brazil. While there, she saw how religion can separate others + learned to see people for who they are versus what they believe in.
- “There are so many things in life that make us more alike than different.”
- Before becoming an award-winning singer, Lauren wanted to pursue a career in doing pro-bono law for human trafficking victims.
- “If you’re in a place in life where you have dreams, things you’re hoping or longing for and they don’t seem to be in close proximity, surround yourself with as much influence as you can while being diligent and persistent in the work before you.”
- Lauren shares the meaning behind some of the lyrics to “This Girl”, “Look Up Child” and “You Say”.
- December 25, 2017: After working herself into exhaustion, and many would say at the height of her career, Lauren took close to a year off of work to “be still”.
- Lauren relates that period to pulling back a slingshot before being propelled forward + fruitful in the next season of her life.
- As her world tour is on pause because of the coronavirus, Lauren again plans to get lost in the stillness to let her mind, heart + spirit be refreshed + revived.
- Learn more about Lauren Daigle here.
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LAUREN DAIGLE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7
- Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
A. Love Does by Bob Goff. [Listen to Bob Goff on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 115!]
- Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
A. Climb trees better and get lost in wonder more frequently.
- Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
A. My first thought once all people that matter to me are safe, I don't care. Let's roast marshmallows. My second thought is a $100 bill my grandfather gave me as he was passing away + giving the advice "you better know who you, whose you are and where you are." My third thought is a letterbox filled with letters from my childhood until now.
- Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
A. My grandfather because I miss him. Also, Quincy Jones to learn + engulf myself in stories of his career and his personal pains + hardships.
- Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
A. Bob Goff told me to always remember who my 8-year-old self is.
- Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
A. Steady the course, stay focused, keep moving forward and when you think you've lost yourself, God will always direct you back to who you are.
- Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
A. Lauren Daigle was a woman who loved well, loved rich and loved deep.