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Grammy Award-winning Christian artist Lauren Daigle recently discussed going through a dark time regarding her mental health as she rose to stardom and faced stress during the pandemic. The 31-year-old singer opened up in an interview with People Magazine about how music helped her through mental health troubles and influenced her latest album, “My Whole World Fell Apart.”

In 2015, Daigle rose to fame when her song “How Can It Be” reached number one on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. She also had three additional number-one songs on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart, “O’Lord,” “First,” and “Trust in You.”

Daigle’s 2018 album “Look Up Child” debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, reaching the masses and becoming the highest-charting Christian album produced by a woman in over 20 years. However, after rising to fame, Daigle remembered having a battle with her mental health that came from a combination of “disappointment with grief and loss and the state of the world.”

She said, “I felt like I didn’t know myself anymore. I started developing panic attacks. I found myself at rock bottom. Daigle said part of her healing journey included making music as an outlet to channel her pain, writing the song “Thank God I Do” during her mental health battles. She continued, “I’d just be writing songs or coming up with different melodies and lyrics, and I remember thinking, ‘This is different than what people have known of me in the past, but not different from myself.'”


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As she traversed finding recovery from her mental health struggles, Daigle said her world fell apart, and she had to learn how to find herself again. Daigle recently released a self-titled album through Atlantic Records through a partnership with Centricity Music.

She added, “For all the fans that have been with me in my journey from the very, very, very beginning, this is no different than a ‘You Say’ moment for me. These are other little pieces of me that you’re now going to get to learn of as well.”

Daigle continued, “There’s this Bible verse that says, ‘The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It can cut through bone and marrow, soul and spirit.’ And I’m like, ‘The soul and spirit, they’re so intertwined.’” She also said there was “a song that I’d write from the spirit for the spirit; these songs of heartache and longing and difficulty and joy and newness and all that, they’re coming from this soul lane, but there’s these other God songs that are also me as well.”

Daigle recently posted on her Instagram showing gratitude for her KLove Fan Awards nominations, which were held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. She wrote on Instagram, “I am so honored to be nominated for ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Female Artist of the Year’ at the @klovefanawards,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m excited to spend the weekend with my friends from all over the country!”

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