Lauren Daigle’s Album “How Can It Be” Debuts No. 1 on Billboard
Sales of 15,704 Becomes Record Breaking for Artist and Label
Nashville, Tenn. (April 23, 2015) —– With CCM Magazine describing Lauren Daigle as Christian music’s new “it” girl in the April issue, Daigle has lived up to that claim by reaching a record-breaking milestone in her young career. The 23-year-old singer/songwriter’s first full album, How Can It Be, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart and No. 29 on Billboard’s Top 200. This also marks the highest debut week for Daigle’s label, Centricity Music. Produced by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, How Can It Be (Read CCM Review here), had 10 of the 12 songs from the project on iTunes Top 200 Christian Songs Chart. The former EP was only available at online music outlets and Daigle’s tour dates, while the release of the full album marks the first time Daigle’s music has also been available at all retail outlets.
“Once again, I’m standing in amazement of God’s story writing,” adds Daigle. “Proverbs 16:9 says, The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. I have held dearly to this verse ever since I was a little girl. So humbled, honored, and thankful that He has directed the steps along this journey and has brought me to places I could only dream of. God is faithful and sovereign. His promises are true and trustworthy. Thanks to everyone who supported my new album and music ministry. May the songs continue to lift up your heart to worship the Majestic Storywriter!”
Wow! What a response to an amazing artist,” exclaims Steve Ford, General Manager, Centricity Music. “I am so proud of the work Lauren has put into this record as an artist and a songwriter. This has been a debut two years in the making and has truly been a team effort. It took total focus and planning from the label, her management team at Eaglemont Entertainment and Lauren’s distribution partners at CCMG, to have a debut artist enter the chart at No. 1. It would not have happened without everyone locking arms with Lauren, but even more so it took God to bless the labor of all involved.”
Music critics are raving about Daigle’s new project with NewReleaseTuesday.com, “A worshipful masterpiece,” CCM Magazine, “the best and brightest young voices in Christian music,” JesusFreakHideout.com, “breathtaking voice,” and “inspiring worship tunes,” HollywoodJesus.com, “Powerful debut album,” Hallels.com, “Lauren Daigle is the success story of 2014,” Rockingodshouse.com, “a rare gem,” Breathecast.com, “stuns Christian music lovers with soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics & mainstream sound.” Additional press includes; YouthWalk Magazine feature story this fall, HomeLife Magazine review (August), American Family Radio/JJ& Ron In The Morning, Spirit Catholic Radio Network, Baptist Standard, KBPK/Fullerton College, David Santistevan Blog, among others.
Daigle is currently on the road with Big Daddy Weave’s ‘The Beautiful Offerings Tour’ that also features label-mate, Jason Gray. It was recently announced that Daigle will join the Outcry Tour this summer with Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Passion, Kari Jobe, Crowder, Trip Lee, and others. The 12-city tour will launch July 24 and will run through August 7, visiting such cities as Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Nashville, TN and Houston, TX. A major fall tour announcement will be coming soon.
About Lauren Daigle:
Lafayette, LA native, Lauren Daigle, continued her record-breaking momentum when her first full album, How Can It Be, debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart, April 14, 2015. She was named one of Christian music’s 2014 breakout artists with her debut EP, How Can It Be, reaching No. 1 on iTunes Christian Albums Chart and named as one of the Top 20 Christian releases last year by the online retail outlet. The title track went Top Ten at Christian radio, No. 1 on iTunes Christian Singles Chart and named by iTunes as one of the Top Christian songs of 2014. The song also earned Daigle her first music industry awards show nomination from the K-LOVE Fan Awards for Worship Song of the Year. With powerful vocals that are drawing comparisons of Adele and Amy Winehouse, Daigle has been receiving incredible album reviews with Worship Leader magazine saying, “beautiful album,” and NewReleaseTuesday.com exclaiming, “fantastic debut.” Daigle closed out 2014 by touring with Aaron Shust in the fall on his Morning Rises Tour and joining Jason Gray and Carrollton for Gray’s Christmas Stories Tour in December. She is currently on tour with Big Daddy Weave’s Beautiful Offerings Tour this spring, the Outcry Tour with Hillsong United this summer, and another major tour announcement this fall.