First CCM Female Debut Album to Attain This Achievement
Lauren Daigle with members of the Centricity Music team. (L to R: Gregg Chimento, Kory Henkel, John Stokes, Lauren Daigle, Kris Love, Steve Ford, John Mays)[/caption]
NASHVILLE, TN. (September 15) Just three years since she burst onto the Christian music scene, Lauren Daigle has received numerous accolades acknowledging the powerful reach of her music, ranging from Grammy nominations, to Billboard Music Awards, to certified Gold status for her debut album, How Can It Be. Now the Centricity Music singer-songwriter has been honored for two Gold singles off that 2015 debut.
Marking the achievement of 500,000 units sold, Daigle’s single “How Can It Be” was given RIAA certification in November 2016; her single “Trust In You” garnered the same recognition in May 2017. This milestone achievement of two Gold singles coming from a debut album is unprecedented for a female CCM artist. Daigle’s label team surprised her with a commemorative presentation and plaque at last week’s Christian Music Broadcasters’ Momentum conference in Orlando. Daigle expressed how this honor resonates with her not just professionally, but personally:
“’Trust In You’ and ‘How Can It Be’ are two songs I often return to when I feel in the thick of difficulty. They remind me of a grace that outruns any mistake, any amount of shame that arises in this race. They remind me to life my eyes to the one most Sovereign,” Daigle expressed. “I’m so honored that so many people have been impacted by these truths just as I have. There is nothing like singing these songs live with an audience that’s singing louder than myself. I’m grateful to see the unending response and thankful for all of the support. It continues to stun me!”
Both songs were landmarks hits for Daigle. In 2015 “How Can It Be” earned Gospel Music Association Awards for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, along with a K-Love Fan Award for Worship Song of the Year. It reached No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Songs Chart, plus No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart. In 2016 “Trust In You” won the GMA Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year and earned Billboard Music Award and Grammy Award nominations. It was No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Songs Chart, plus No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart for 19 consecutive weeks.
Amidst such acclaim, though, Centricity General Manager Steve Ford notes that the real impact of Daigle’s songs is found in the genuine connection they have with listeners.
“Of course we are so excited and proud to see how Lauren’s hard work and craft have found success in sales and at radio, but her music’s true achievement isn’t something that can be measured by numbers or charts,” Ford describes. “That achievement comes from the stories of her songs helping people endure life’s hardships or inspiring all of us in our faith-walks. Our pride in Lauren is for the dedication she brings to using her gifts to serve the Lord and serve others. It’s a privilege to be by her side as she grows as an artist and lives out her calling.”
Daigle just finished a month of performances with the Outcry Tour. Her latest single “O’Lord” officially goes to radio next week but has already received early adds and is climbing up Billboard’s Hot Christian Tracks chart, currently standing at No. 18.
About Lauren Daigle:
Signed to Centricity Music in 2013, Lauren Daigle’s first full-length album How Can It Be, now RIAA Certified Gold, released in April 2015. The album was also nominated at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, while one of its top singles, “Trust In You,” was nominated at this year’s GRAMMY Awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. How Can It Be won the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Album in both 2016 and 2017; in addition, Daigle took home the Billboard Award for Top Christian Artist this year. She was nominated for a 2016 American Music Award for Favorite Artist (Contemporary/Inspirational) and has won six Dove Awards (nominated for 14), including New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year in 2015 and Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 2016. Daigle has also received four K-LOVE Fan Awards, including Artist of the Year in 2016. How Can It Be spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart. The album also premiered in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200 and reached No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian Gospel Top Albums Chart. To date, the album has achieved an astounding 974,000 in total consumption, including 650,000 album sales, 1.3 million in track sales, and more than 285 million streams, positioning Daigle as the fastest-selling new artist in Contemporary Christian music in the past decade. In her career to date, Lauren Daigle has had more than 205 million YouTube and Vevo views, with approximately 563,000 subscribers. Her video for “Trust in You” has had more than 43 million views.
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