TAMPA — Two-time Grammy Award winner Lauren Daigle will perform Friday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Yuengling Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., SUN 130, Tampa.
Daigle is extending her sold-out “Look Up Child” world tour, adding 19 new stops across the United States and Europe. The new shows come on the heels of 53 critically hailed sold-out performances, including shows at New York’s iconic Carnegie Hall and two nights at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. For complete tour information, visit www.laurendaigle.com/tour.
Daigle’s tour brings to life “Look Up Child,” her Grammy Award winning album, with the raw vocal power for which she is known.
“How couldn’t I keep this tour going?” said Daigle in a press release promoting the tour. “Something that’s been this much fun, with y’all showing up every night — why stop? Playing this music live, seeing how everyone’s connecting to the songs, singing along — it’s such an amazing vibe — like having a party with a few thousand of my closest friends every night.”
The road to “Look Up Child” began with a homecoming.
A whirlwind three-year journey brought two-time Grammy Award-winning songstress Daigle right back to her native Louisiana in 2017. Jumpstarted by her platinum-certified 2015 full-length debut “How Can It Be,” the road twisted and turned at light speed.
Along the way, she gathered three Billboard Music Awards, an American Music Awards nomination, earned gold certifications for three singles and three K-LOVE Fan Awards. Additionally, she sold out headline tours, contributed an original composition to the critically acclaimed “Blade Runner: 2049” soundtrack and toured relentlessly.
By the end of this ride, she admittedly found herself “burnt out.”
“I left too many of the places I came from, in order to keep the machine going,” Daigle confessed. “I had to return to the beginning. I took most of 2017 off and went back to Louisiana. I was reminded why I love what I do. I got outside of the expectations and the pressure. I found the inner depth to say, ‘This is who I am. These are the truths I can hold onto and anchor myself to,’ and songs poured out of that place. I decided to go back to the basics.”
The sights and sounds of her birthplace stoked this energy. Cherishing memories of attending Lafayette’s Festival International every year throughout her childhood, she opened up to the gritty, organic, and handmade sounds associated with Louisiana’s legendary scene. Hitting the studio with frequent collaborators Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury behind the board, she commenced work on what would become her second full-length album, “Look Up Child.”
Stressing organic instrumentation, she incorporated live musicians and a string section to preserve the integrity of the sound. At the same time, she pushed her limits as a singer, inciting pure catharsis in bluesy vocal runs, shuddering soul, and raw lyricism. Everything would be real — nothing synthetic or manufactured. The sonics came to life in their purest form as did the lyrics.
“I long for that energy I get when I’m home,” she said. “It meant I had to put blood, sweat, and tears into everything. You pay the price spiritually, emotionally, and physically — so everyone else can gain something. I wanted to be as exposed and honest as possible. When someone else is walking through one of their most vulnerable spaces, I can give them something to hold onto.”