Lauren Daigle, a Christian singer who has seen her career take off this year, has officially won Billboard’s Top Christian Artist of 2023. This massive accomplishment comes in a year when Daigle has seen her star grow to heights that are incredibly rare for a Christian artist, being played on radio stations and satellite channels all across the country.
Daigle has become hailed for her songwriting and incredible voice that have allowed her to transcend to different audiences than the Christian genre is generally able to reach. Now, as she is finally receiving the praise and accolades that she is due, Daigle is showing herself to be a humble and gracious performer.
Billboard wrote a long piece about Daigle and her reception of the award, along with a snippet from her statement upon receiving the honor.
She said, “It’s been an incredible year. New creative collaborators, a new producer, new writers and most of all new friends. Our fans on the road have been so incredible and we can feel their love and their energy every single night, and for me that connection (to our music) is inspiring. I am so unbelievably grateful to them, to be able to do what I love and look forward to so much more in ’24.”
Daigle’s success has bolstered what has already been an exceptional year for the growth of Christianity across America’s college campuses. With Universities like Auburn and Baylor have multiple day long revivals, Daigle’s music has been blasting across campuses nation wide.
By bringing a tinge of contemporary pop to the genre of Christian music, Daigle has made music that young Christians can play and enjoy at parties and in car rides with friends.
Jesus revolution, the film, also took off earlier this year and the director of the movie took a second to comment on the extaordiary growth in faith that was taking place across college campuses.
He said, “For years, we’ve been working on this story. We almost got it made, and then COVID got it shut down. I just think there’s a divine hand on the timing of the film. And the reason we made it was … the thing that we’ve said for years is, if it happened then, it can happen now. If it happened once, it can happen again.”
Daigle is ushering in a new kind of Christian music, aimed less at being played in churches and religious functions and more toward being played as if it were normal pop music. This new trend allows for Christians to hear songs that bolster their faith, instead of the nonsense that often populates popular radio stations, without feeling as if they are a drag on others enjoyment.
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