We at American Songwriter had the privilege of attending Lauren Daigle’s Platinum party to celebrate not one but two platinum record performances for the star last Thursday in Nashville.
Daigle received platinum certification for “Look Up Child” as well as DOUBLE platinum certification for “You Say”, but the first thing she did when she came on stage was focus on others: she took the time to look “everyone in the eye” for 2 seconds “From the small stage. Immediately she got a huge giggle in the audience, shortly followed by playfully acknowledging that she wasn’t kidding once we realized she really took the time to really meet everyone’s eyes. She explained how hugs rare and that she could not have hugged anyone yet. This was just her way of showing “how important people are.”
Daigle gave a wonderful speech full of gratitude. She thanked every person in the room and said how many people are in pain and therefore needed people like everyone who had gathered in that room to bring hope, love and kindness. She explained that standing together in this musical endeavor creates a thread of unification and embellishment for others. The only thing she really cares about at the end of the day is: “people find hope and find truth and find love and find joy and all things.”
Her humility revealed that before this celebration she felt nervous, and that although you would think it would be easier, it would apparently get more nervous. She randomly shared a funny story about her quest to find a woman who apparently gave birth outside of the location where she was touring later one evening. She circled the location in a car hoping to make this a very good story while she was on her way, to hear the news that the lady had already been taken to the hospital.
Initially she got the bale to miss her, but then she met people who had gathered around her bus. Lauren said she never leaves those people without talking to them because she sees it as an opportunity to talk to others and you never know what could be ignited by simply showing people that they are being cared for. At these moments she has heard countless stories about people who chose not to take their lives because of her music, other people who experienced healing, others who found hope, and even God again.
To calm Laurens nerves on the way to the party, her mother asked her: “Well, what makes this so special?” Lauren replied, “Oh, it’s the stories. The stories make this so special.” her friendships, her colleagues, her childhood memories, all seasons of life she has experienced and will experience are of infinite value.
“Oh, it’s the stories. The stories make this so special.”
She handed the microphone shortly thereafter and continued to mingle with those who have greatly influenced the music through music. I started thinking about how incredibly powerful music really is. Can save music. Music has the power to bring hope into the dark. Music has the power to restore love.
I want to challenge everyone to read this:
Which melody are you going to write? Which stories are you going to share? I choose to write stories alongside Lauren and the light she carries … stories of hope and love.
Thank you, Lauren, for everything you do for music and for humanity.