If you’re a fan of American Idol, you may have seen Award-winning Christian Music Artist Lauren Daigle’s appearance on a recent episode.
Providing advice as a mentor to the show’s top six finalists, Lauren explained how she was rejected from the show 10 years ago.
Yes, her rejection seemed like a closed door to her musical career, but God had bigger plans.
The whole story makes her recent invitation to return to Idol as a celebrity mentor all the more God-glorifying.
Lauren Daigle was only 17 when she auditioned for a chance “to be the next American Idol“. The feedback she got wasn’t entirely negative, but she was not “enough” in the judges’ eyes (or, rather, ears).
Her history in the music industry proves that one closed door may not mean the end.
In fact, if you know God is the one calling you into something, the hard work of pushing through may be part of the learning process to handle what He gives you when the time comes.
In an interview with People magazine, Lauren explains, “When I was 17, I tried out for American Idol. I look back on that, 10 years ago, and I think, man, the journey has been so incredible. Like it really has. This show gave me something to believe in, it really did.”
And that belief surely resulted in a plan from God beyond her imagination.
In speaking with Cosmopolitan on the Idol announcement: “It’s amazing how a ‘no’ can be detrimental in one place and how much power it can also give you.”
Now as a mentor on the Idol platform, she was able to share what she has learned, what has motivated her, and what to do when doors slam shut on the path you thought you were on.
Right from the get-go, she introduced the contestants to her positive energy and heart of hopefulness: “I heard y’all are doing showstopper songs, is that right? Oh, it’s going to be good! Can’t wait to see who comes out on top.”
Her effort to do all things with excellence is a beautiful sight to behold. Her consistency in personal life and career show the power of God’s grace and love, which is one message many of her lyrics testify to.
CBN reports, “She won a Grammy Award for her album ‘Look Up Child’ and she just earned three Billboard Music Awards. She performed the song ‘You Say’ in this year’s 2019 Billboard Music Awards.”
When Daigle humbly accepted her Grammy, her acceptance speech boldly stated “I just wanna thank Jesus for letting me be a part of this, that he’s put a voice in my throat.”
One of her missions through the calling of music is to display God in the very real, very real-life changing way His grace transforms us. The effects of being made new in Jesus are total; our entire day to day should look different as a result of Him.
In her Idol appearances, Daigle represented this well.
Just before meeting the contestants she posted about Philippians 4:6-7, and brought the message of “what to do with anxiety” with her in the sessions. “It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”