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Jan 10, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

Lauren Daigle Rejects The "Christian Artist" Label, Sees Herself As Simply An "Artist"

Lauren Daigle is back in headlines again after officially rejecting the "Christian artist" label in favor of seeing herself as simply an "artist". Although her latest music seems to have been designed with secular cross-over appeal in mind, the apparent erosion of her mission to make music that "stands firm" for Christ may leave many Christian fans disappointed.

Hailed as the "Christian Adele," the Grammy-winning artist has been making huge waves in the music scene with her smash hit album Look Up Child. The spotlight, and its subsequent entanglements with secular media and influences, has not been kind to Daigle, especially after her stance on homosexuality and sin was revealed.

In a more recent interview with 104.3 FM, the host asked Daigle point-blank if she considered herself a Christian artist in light of her music becoming increasingly popular among secular listeners.

“I feel like those labels get put on you by other people,” Daigle answered. “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.”

“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,’” Daigle added.

"Interestingly enough," Faithwire's Lindsay Elizabeth noted, "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."

For those with longer memories, Daigle's comments are disappointing, but not surprising. In a 2015 interview with blogger The Young Salvationist, Daigle expressed certainty that her music career was a ministry and that she felt called to stand firm for Christ in the entertainment industry.

"[God] would give me little hints. For example, I would turn on the TV and on the Christian station there would be Christian actors saying they need people in Hollywood that can show who Christ is, who can stand firm," Daigle said. "Every time I turned on the TV or read something, it was always directing Christians to get to Hollywood or to sing."

Fast-forward to fall of 2018, when a Billboard editorial inadvertently revealed the next step in Daigle's apparent shift from Christian contemporary artist to secular artist:

"Daigle doesn’t preach, onstage or off. In between songs at the show, she told goofy stories -- like one about her misadventures in physical therapy -- but never mentioned Jesus," the article reads. "Her songs usually don’t reference the Lord by name either; take [Selena] Gomez’s favorite, 'This Girl.' It’s ostensibly about affirming one’s dedication to God, but its lyrics -- 'I searched the world to find my heart is yours/This girl ain’t goin’ anywhere' -- could just as easily be about a romantic partner."

"It’s been decades since Amy Grant made the leap from Christian singer to pop sweetheart, but now, with so much celebrity focus on evangelical Christianity, it’s only natural that the worship world would produce a mainstream-ready female star like Daigle," the article adds. “'I’m watching it evolve before my eyes, so part of me feels like, ‘Door’s open -- it’s your opportunity to either walk through it or not,’ [Daigle] says. Her team, she tells me, has a saying: ‘Extend the tent pegs. Don’t keep one audience at all times.’” 

As Daigle continues to "extend the tent pegs" and reject the "Christian artist" label she was reluctant to take on in the first place, Christian listeners remain free to enjoy her beautifully written and masterfully performed music as they are with any other secular music. It's when we look to artists like Daigle as though they are evangelists doing an incredible work for the Lord that we must tread carefully.



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