Lauren Daigle grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, surrounded by gospel, zydeco, blues, and Cajun music. She was always singing around the house as a child. But it wasn’t until a serious illness kept her out of school for nearly two years, that she turned completely to music as both solace and a profession. Home schooled during that time, music became Daigle’s hedge against social isolation. She began singing at her local church as a praise & worship leader.
Blessed with a striking and smoky alto singing voice, she was encouraged to try out for the American Idol television series. She tried out in both 2010 and 2012. The stressful and demanding process of trying out for the show taught her a lot of valuable lessons. She returned home determined to sharpen her writing and singing skills.
She began pursuing a Child and Family Studies degree at Louisiana State University. While there, she was asked by a local band to help with vocals on an EP recording project. A demo of the EP somehow made it to the Centricity Music label. The label signed Daigle as a solo artist in 2013 impressed with her vocals. A debut nine-song EP, How Can It Be, was issued by the imprint in 2014.