Lauren Daigle is excited.
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has been teasing her upcoming self-titled album for months, and now it’s finally here. Daigle has said that this album is a reflection of her personal journey over the past few years, and it’s full of everything fans have come to know and love about Daigle’s music: vulnerability, honesty and hope.
In a recent interview with RELEVANT, Daigle talked about her new album, how she used a difficult season of life to write inspiring songs of hope, and how she’s stepping in to a “new beginning.”
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
Where did the inspiration for this album come from?
We started writing it in October of 2020, so there was a lot of influence there. You know what was going on in the world the intensities of the time. And I feel like I had to have this rebirth, this new beginning. I feel like a lot of the songwriters who made their way into my world at that time, it was very intentional. I can see now, looking back, how God had orchestrated the right people at the right time. Because I was in a season where I felt completely powerless, completely voiceless because of the the state of the world at the time. And also, because of things that were taking place in my personal life.
He surrounded me with people who were so confident. They use their voice for the right things. They knew who they were. They weren’t intimidated by the world. And I don’t think that was coincidental. And these people really helped me come alive. I feel like those are some of the themes that presented themselves on this record and kind of brought me through quite an incredible musical journey.
What makes this album different from your previous work?
I remember whenever I was like 16 years old, I always dreamt of a certain sound that would I would get to represent or get to reflect or that people would connect my voice to. And it was always this, like, soul — Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Jessie Jay — that i just absolutely loved. But being from Louisiana, that muddy water, there’s some soul here that’s really, really special. So I always found myself drawn to that and wanting to figure out a way to bring that to life.
But beyond that, this record — well, I feel like it made me feel a way that no other record before. Look Up Child was my first one. Everything was brand new. I remember sitting at the console working with my producer, and being like, “I don’t even know how to explain music to this person because I don’t have the language.” And then the second record was me trying to explore a little bit more, trying to get familiar with learning parts of my voice.
But this is the most writing influence I’ve had on a project. This record is in a world of its own as far as how it related to me.
I feel like during COVID, there was so much despair. I needed these songs to pull me out of that. I needed God to come and breathe on this experience for me, to remind me of how life can begin again. And so this record is the reflection of a new beginning, of something transformative that took place in my life. I needed God to come in and just whisper to me. I needed him to come and breathe on my situation and let me know I have this is there is purpose in what you do. There is a purpose to this, but you don’t have to lose yourself along the way and I think.
That’s why it’s self titled. Because it was definitely a new beginning for me internally. This is not about crossing over new beginning. But it has something to do with that this was a new beginning for me to begin again. It was a a step for me to say, “OK God, I see places in my life that i have let go of,” and now I get to start over and and regain those things.
You’ve always been known for your vulnerability in your songwriting. What is it about vulnerability that you find so important?
I feel like that is a by-product of who I am. I’m an oversharer. It’s just a byproduct of my personality. I love things that are authentic. But on this album, I do feel like I talk about things that I haven’t talked about publicly before, at least lyrically.
I do think like “Don’t Believe Them” is a perfect example. That is a song that even singing it, I’m like, “there’s a lot of conviction here.” And that is vulnerable for me to to share or even to witness in a way. And so I think, yeah, there are definitely a lot of vulnerable moments on this album. But I’m not afraid to share them. I am just curious as to where it will lead, you know what I mean?
Title: Lauren Daigle Releases Self-Titled Album: “It Was a New Beginning For Me” – RELEVANT
Date: May 13, 2023 at 10:12AM