Award-winning singer/songwriter LAUREN DAIGLE, will release her first-ever Christmas album titled BEHOLD, on October 21 via Centricity Music. Produced by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, the style of the holiday album pays homage to the sounds of Lauren's hometown of New Orleans. Featuring soft jazz renditions of Christmas favorites, BEHOLD includes such classics as "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Silent Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "What Child Is This," "O Holy Night," and more; in addition to an original composition titled "Light of the World", which was written by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram. Pre-orders for the album will begin on September 26.
Daigle, who just finished opening for Hillsong UNITED on their acclaimed Empires tour, will embark on her first headline tour this fall titled "A NIGHT WITH LAUREN DAIGLE," with special guest Chris McClarney, in support of her recently released HOW CAN IT BE DELUXE EDITION. The tour, sponsored by CURE International, is scheduled from October 12-29, beginning in Memphis, Tennessee.
Says Daigle, "As a little girl, New Orleans graphed its culture deep within my veins and I fell in love with the cultural vibrancy and the resonating sound of New Orleans Jazz. The city is my happy place, a place I love more each time I return home. It has been a dream of mine to make a record of this caliber, touching respectfully on the roots of my upbringing and honoring those who paved the way. I hope as you listen to this record you are taken away by the awe and wonder of Christ in this season; and peace fills your home, your spirit and you find rest in the midst of rush. And above all, I hope Jesus is found riding on the sounds and into the hearts of all who come and BEHOLD."
"When you get a chance to combine Christmas, the artistry of Lauren Daigle, and the New Orleans sound, you do it!," says John Mays, VP of Centricity Music A&R. "This recording has ended up being a completely unique and joyful expression of Lauren's music. She's loved the process of making it, and we're excited to get to share it so that families everywhere can have a richer celebration of the season for years to come."
Daigle has had a whirlwind year -- just coming off an appearance on NBC's TODAY show, she received her first GRAMMY® nomination earlier this year for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album" at the 58th GRAMMY® Awards; and took home the 2016 Billboard Music Award for "Top Christian Album." She has won three Dove Awards (nominated for four) --"New Artist of the Year," "Song of the Year" ("How Can It Be") and "Pop Contemporary Album of the Year," and was awarded this year's K-LOVE Fan Awards for "Artist of the Year" and "Female Artist of the Year"; in addition to the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Award for "Worship Song of the Year" ("How Can It Be").
Her singles "How Can It Be" and "First" both reached #1 on the iTunes Christian Songs Chart and #1 on the Christian Digital Tracks Chart, with "First" also reaching #1 on the NCA radio chart. "Trust in You," which earned Daigle her first No. 1 single spot on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart in March 2016, continues to hold its top spot after 13 consecutive weeks, while also remaining in the #1 position on the NCA radio chart for nine consecutive weeks. The song currently holds the #1 position on the iTunes Christian Songs Chart and the Christian Digital Tracks Chart.
HOW CAN IT BE, her debut album, has logged more than five weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, and premiered in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200. HOW CAN IT BE also reached #1 on the iTunes Christian Gospel Top Albums Chart with more than 384,700 album sales and 917,000 track sales, positioning her as the fastest-selling new artist in Contemporary Christian music in the past decade. Daigle has had more than 96 million YouTube and Vevo views, with approximately 315,700 subscribers. For "How Can It Be" alone, she has had more than 17 million views.