Recording artist Lauren Daigle has received six nominations from the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards.
Her third studio album, Look Up Child, released in September 2018, was also nominated for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Her song “You Say” on that album is in the running for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.
Other musicians nominated for Artist of the Year were for KING & COUNTRY, Hillsong UNITED, MercyMe, and TobyMac.
The song “You Say” was written shortly after Daigle’s first Dove awards. According to CCM Magazine, she began to feel disconnected from her identity, wondering where to go next.
“So when writing ‘You Say,’ I just remember feeling for the first time pretty conflicted,” she shared. “It was definitely the first moment in just being an artist that I was like, ‘Okay, where is all this going exactly?’”
She hopes the song helps others who find themselves in a similar place.
“[This song] brought up the issue of identity and trying to figure out how to exist when I felt like so many things were pulling me in so many different directions. I think a lot of times we build these complexes based on insecurity, based on fear, based on rejection, and lies that we have to constantly overcome. And so this song for me was just a reminder of identity. It was a reminder that I know when I’m weak, He’s strong.”
Daigle has experienced success in both the secular and Christian markets. Signed to Centricity Music, her first album, “How Can It Be” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. She also earned two Grammy Awards for her album “Look Up Child” and “You Say,” as well as two American Music Awards.
The Dove Awards will be aired in Nashville on October 15.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine. She blogs at mikaelamathews.com.