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Lauren Daigle Reveals She Suffered from 2 Years of “Extreme Illness” Before Music Healed Her

After a record-breaking year filled with Grammy wins and chart-topping songs, the music world can’t help but be mesmerized by the voice, heart, and passion of Lauren Daigle.

The singer’s album “Look Up Child” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart last September, beating out big names like Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. In March, Daigle won her first Grammys in both categories that she was nominated in: Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “Look Up Child” and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “You Say.”

With appearances on major TV platforms including “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Daigle’s fame has only continued to skyrocket.

But life in the limelight won’t ever stop the artist from forgetting where she came from and her humble beginnings.

In a recent interview with Z100 studios in New York, the Lafayette, Louisiana native opened up about how her music career was actually inspired by a time when she was at her lowest, suffering from extreme illness.

At 15-years-old, Daigle was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus, an immune deficiency she described as an “extreme form of mono.”

“I was placed on homebound and that was when my mom said, ‘Hey we should start voice lessons,’ basically to say, ‘to keep you from depression, let’s keep you focused on music,’ ” she explained. “I fell in love, it became my healing. From that space, that’s where those songs come from.”

Though being isolated, sick, and homebound certainly had the potential to drag the singer down into a pit of depression, the time instead inspired a great deal of the music Daigle produces today.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

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After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.