Lauren Daigle is a contemporary Christian artist who was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on September 9, 1991. She was brought up in a musical environment surrounded by the rich influences of zydeco, blues, and Cajun elements, all of which can be heard throughout her own material. As a teenager, she suffered a serious form of glandular fever which kept her away from school for two years and sidetracked any desire to start a career in music. At the age of 19, having resumed her studies, she began singing in the college choir and auditioned for American Idol as a solo artist. She began singing for a number of faith ensembles before eventually being signed to the Centricity Music label. After performing a track on a Centricity sampler album she began to build a fan base and in 2015 released her debut full-length album How Can It Be. The album debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Christian charts and cracked the Top 20 of the US pop charts before eventually going platinum. It was an impressive debut for an artist who has continued to build a successful career not only in the Christian genre but also among mainstream audiences. Following the release of the holiday album Behold: A Christmas Collection in 2016, Lauren Daigle returned with her sophomore effort, Look Up Child, in 2018. Produced by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, her second album received extensive praise from critics, reaching Number 1 on the Christian charts on both sides of the Atlantic and peaking at Number 3 on the Billboard 200. Look Up Child won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards and was followed by the release of her eponymous third studio effort in 2023.