From the 1960s ‘til today: Lauren Daigle and Kirk Franklin to appear in gospel music documentary
Some of gospel and Christian music’s biggest names join forces in the upcoming documentary “The Jesus Music,” which is set to premiere in American theaters on October 1st.
“From its humble beginnings in the Calvary Chapel in Cosa Mesa, California through its transformation into the multi-billion-dollar industry of Christian contemporary music today.”
Jesus music is a type of Christian music that has its roots on the American West Coast in the 1960s and 1970s and has since then transformed into the gospel music of today.
In the documentary, some of gospel and Christian music’s biggest stars tell the story of how Christian music emerged and what it means to them.
You can watch the trailer of the movie at the bottom of this article.
Record-breaking Lauren Daigle
Among the stars featured in “The Jesus Music” is Lauren Daigle, who recently wrote herself into the history books, as she became the first female artist ever to have five singles reach number one on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart.
The five songs are “The Christmas Song,” “You Say,” “Back to God,” “Trust in You” and “Hold on to Me.”
The latter track was released in February and then in March as a duet with AHI.
According to an interview with Apple Music, “Hold on to Me” is about finding light in darkness.
“Remember that being with each other and being there for each other and holding each other up in the worst times is what life is truly all about,” she said.
Breakthrough on Christmas album
Lauren Daigle’s breakthrough came in 2013 when she signed a record deal with Centricity Music. Her first single was “Light of the World,” which was on a Centricity Music Christmas album.
The following year, she released her debut album, “How Can It Be,” which peaked at number one on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart. The album also made it to the 16th spot on Billboard’s Top Albums chart for all genres.
Her single, “First,” reached number one on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart, where it remained for seven weeks.
“Trust in You” also made it to the number one spot and stayed there for eight weeks.
Because of the success of the “How Can It Be” album, Lauren Daigle re-released it with two new songs, acoustic versions and live performances in 2016.
One award after the other
Also in 2016, Lauren Daigle released her first Christmas album, “Behold: A Christmas Collection,” which featured her versions of famous holiday songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.”
“Behold: A Christmas Collection” made it to the top of the Billboard Christian Albums chart and to number 29 on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2018, the album was re-released with three additional songs.
Lauren Daigle dropped her third album, “Look Up Child,” in 2018, and it became the highest-charting Christian album since Needtobreathe’s “Hard Love” made it to number two in 2016.
The first single off of the album, “You Say,” reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, where it spent an incredible 60 weeks, beating Carrie Underwood’s previous record.
The song also topped Billboard’s Christian Airplay for 17 weeks.
Over the years, Lauren Daigle has won several awards. Those include four American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, 11 GMA Dove Awards and two Grammy Awards.
You can watch the trailer of “The Jesus Music” in the video below.
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