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.