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Lauren Daigle back on American Idol for “Comeback” episode
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Lauren Daigle back on American Idol for “Comeback” episode 

A decade after appearing on American Idol, the Christian singer Lauren Daigle returned to the music competition on April 19th.

This time, it was not to compete but to perform her song “Look Up Child” from 2018 on the popular show’s “Comeback” episode. You can watch the performance at the bottom of this article.

The other performers included 10 finalists from the most recent American Idol season.

The former judge Harry Connick Jr. joined the party and sang a medley of his latest Christian release, “Alone With My Faith.”

Lauren Daigle started her own music career in 2010 on American Idol, where she was cut just before the final 24 contestants. A year later, she tried again but did not make it to the Hollywood round.

The third time was her charm, as she advanced to the Hollywood round in 2012. She was cut in the first Las Vegas round, though.

Breakthrough on Christmas album

Her breakthrough came in 2013 when Lauren Daigle 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.

Breaking records

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. Watch Lauren Daigle’s performance of “Look Up Child” in the video below.

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