Lauren Daigle is currently one of Christian music's most successful artist. Her single "You Say" has not over hit #1 on the Christian charts, but the song is currently a crossover top 40 pop hit too. Her last record Look Up Child debuted at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 in September and has earned 549,000 equivalent album units through the week ending Jan. 3, according to Nielsen Music. "You Say," meanwhile, has drawn 114 million on-demand U.S. audio and video streams combined and sold 368,000 downloads to date.
However, in an interview with 104.3 FM, the host asked Daigle if she considered herself a Christian artist, even though her music is becoming more and more mainstream.
"I feel like those labels get put on you by other people," Daigle said. "I was reading articles, I read them here in there, and one of them said Christian artist and the other ones said just artist. But I think part of me is just an artist because it encompasses everything. That's kind of how I see myself."
The 27-year-old added that when she made her latest album "You Say," she drew from a variety of artists.
"While we were making this record we were constantly studying the greats that came before - Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Andre Crouch, Lauren Hill - there's just a plethora of artists that we listened to, over and over," she said.
Interestingly enough, the young artist did not mention Jesus or God throughout the interview, sticking to general phrases like "faith," while placing a large emphasis on the importance of love.
"I remember talking so much about, 'Let's just make sure that we make music that we believe in that's pure, true sound and something that we love, and it'll transcend wherever it's supposed to go. But let's make sure that it's pure authentic to who we are,'" she added.