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August 22, 2023 21 mins

"Thank God I Do", the lead single on Part 1 of her self-titled album, "Lauren Daigle" was released in May. Part 2 of the album (that includes 10 more singles!) will be available soon!  Lauren joins me on the podcast today and my life feels a little brighter and a lot more colorful after our conversation. I'm sure yours will too! ~ Delilah

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Speaker 1 (00:04):
How's the summer treating you? Have you been able to
check out all the events and activities you were planning?
If you check those off your list. We are heading
into September soon, so I hope you've got a whittled
down to just a few more things you hope to do,
especially if you have kids heading back to school in

the next few days. I hope the last few months
I've found you enjoying a mixture of excitement and relaxation.
Craziness the good kind, the jumping in the pool kind,
the splashing one another kind, and some moments of quiet contemplation.
You know, there's never a dull moment around my farm.

And while I tumble into bed exhausted each evening, I
still find myself wishing that summer could last forever. I
love the long summer days. I love having my kids home.
I love because I have young kids, grade school kids,
and I have grandkids. I love listening to their chatter,
their laughter, not so much their arguments. Yeah, I could

leave those out. I miss them when they head back
to school. I hate having that structure that we have
to get up and do the same thing over again.
I love the ebb and flow of summer. I'm pouring
my energies into teaching them how to toast the perfect marshmallow.
I like them gold and brown. I do not like

my marshmallows burnt. I remember the words to my girl
Scout Camp songs, well some of the words, and we
sit around the fire and we sing songs. When my
memory fails me, or when we've gone whoorse, someone pulls
out a bluetooth speaker and we listen to more modern

songs while watching the glowing verse and the fire. A
new song that's been on repeat lately is thank God
I Do. My daughter, Delilah Junior loves this song. Have
you heard it? It's a powerful song about faith and
when everything else goes wrong, how you still have a

rock to lean on. We're going to talk about that
song with today's podcast guest. She is a two time
Grammy winner singer songwriter with a new single out. The
folks are going absolutely in saying nover thank God I Do.
The lead singer on her latest album, debuted to critical
acclaim in March, and it's a two part album. She

dropped ten songs and then there's a second half to it.
Lauren Daegel is the name of the album, also the
name of my guest today. The first ten songs were
released back in May, and now the second ten songs
are making their arrival. It's been a couple of years

since Lauren dropped by to Chad. I can't wait to
hear what she's been up to and talk about her
new music. We'll find out right after I share some
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today's episode of Love, Someone is the incredibly talented, beautiful
Lauren Diego. Welcome back. I haven't seen you in a
couple of years. Girlfriend.

Speaker 2 (04:18):
I know, and I remember our conversation from last time
my heart. When I saw your name pop up on
my calendar, I was like, yes, I'm so glad I'm
getting to talk to you.

Speaker 1 (04:28):
We were talking about you behind your back yesterday because
you are one of those people that has such natural beauty,
like you have natural talent, and you have natural beauty
where it doesn't matter. You could put on a gunny sack,
you could put on a burlap bag and run your

fingers through your hair and look like look like summertime.
You look like you look like summertime.

Speaker 2 (04:57):
Thank you. It's true. I will be honest. Half the time,
I am throwing on a bag. At the last second,
he was like, oh wait, I have to be ready
for that in ten minutes. We did this event the
other day. We had to walk down a red carpet
for it, and it's televised, this whole thing, and I
ended up we had to be at the red carpet

for five point thirty. I had no makeup on, didn't
have my hair done. Then it wasn't dressed, and I
started at five eighteen. I was like, let's just get
it done and roll And you know why because people
ask me about it all the time, like why I
did the thing where you sit in chairs for two
hours and you know, you get your hair done four hours, makeup,

just the whole thing. And I noticed how much life
I was missing out on because like during that time,
the rest of my team would go get coffee or
go have dinner or whatever.

Speaker 1 (05:49):
And you're sitting They're getting fake eyelashes glued on exactly.

Speaker 2 (05:53):
And I said, oh, this is great for very specific occasions,
but other than that.

Speaker 1 (05:59):
Like a mayor American idol, you can set in the
chair to do that, right, did you set in the chair?

Speaker 2 (06:06):
I did it.

Speaker 1 (06:07):
You did it.

Speaker 2 (06:09):
I just threw it together and.

Speaker 1 (06:12):
Rolled out and you are a breath of fresh air.
Lauren Daegil. So you have an album that's a two
part album. The first ten songs you drop back in May,
and now the next ten songs are coming out shortly,
like in a week or two right, and everybody is
talking about thank God, I do. I listened to the lyrics.

Usually I just, you know, kind of breeze over them,
but I listened to the lyrics. It sounds like you've
been going through some stuff, sweetheart, Like did you write
that from your heart?

Speaker 2 (06:46):

Speaker 1 (06:46):
Yeah, so you have been going through some stuff?

Speaker 2 (06:50):
Yes, And it's kind of crazy like I did. We
all went through COVID, right, We all experienced the pandemic.
And I remember in that process, I had never experienced
a true panic attack or true anxiety attack. There were
moments where I would be worried about something or concerned

about something, but it never I never really had the
true overhaul of those emotions or those feelings, you know.
And there was this one time, very first panic attack ever,
and it lasted for seven hours. And I had two
people that were next to me throughout the entire process,
one of my really good friends and my mom. And

they didn't look at me in the process with any shame.
They didn't think, well, this girl's crazy, she's losing her mind.
There wasn't anything. There was no judgment. It was just, hey,
we're going to sit with you until you get to
the other side, and for me that was like the
perfect representation of God's love in the way that even
in the midst of what might feel like chaos for us,

he is so faithful and kind to just sit next
to us and that type of support. I went into
the studio a couple weeks later and my friend was
talking to me about a similar situation that they'd gone
through with one of their loved ones, and I was like, well,
this chorus came to mind in this little piano motube
came to mind. I don't know if it's anything, but

would you want to write on it? And we wrote
the song in like forty five minutes. It was super fast,
but it was because it was so raw and at
the surface for the both of us.

Speaker 1 (08:31):
When I listened to the lyrics, I said, a prayer
for you, I said, she's going through something for me.
If I never went through those really tough times, I
don't know that my faith would be so strong. And
that's what I got out of the song is even
though you're going through it, you know who to cling to.

Speaker 2 (08:50):
Oh, yeah, that is it. I've even after having released
this song, it is still a song that I lay
in bed. This might be crazy, but I literally lay
in bed and I still say thank God, thank God,
thank God that I know you, thank God that you're
someone I can hold on to. And it's because of

your kindness and your trustworthiness that I can say that
that you know that I can rely on you. So yeah,
it came from a very raw place that I was
honestly really intimidated to talk about. At the start of
this whole journey, I was like, Oh, I'm going to
talk about how that song. You know, it's just with

like for people that help you through difficult times. And
the more I the more I started telling the story them,
I was like, you know, I can't. I can't hide
the things that I wrestled during that time in the
I was telling someone, it's not that I was afraid
of COVID, it was that I was afraid of the times.

And the thing about it is, I've found myself afraid
of people, and you're clearly a deep impath. I'm definitely
a deep EmPATH. I can put myself in any person's shoes,
and I remember this period of time where everybody was
kind of feeling this animosity and if you didn't think

the way I thought, or if you didn't believe the
way that I thought, there was this bubbling under the
surface of the American humanity. It was a lot of animosity.
And for me, that was the most paralyzing place to
have ever been in my life, where I would look
at a stranger and not see a friend, because I
was someone who would talk to anybody on the side

of the road and you know, instantly draw some sort
of connection. And just through flying and seeing people fighting
and just all of the intensity of the time, I
became very afraid of people, thus drawing these panic attacks.
But people were like my love, like the thing that
I genuinely cared about. And I was on this one

flight and I started having a panic attack, and this
was all very new to me, so I didn't know
anything about it. And I'm thinking, I got to get
off this plane because.

Speaker 1 (11:07):
No, when you're at thirty thousand feet.

Speaker 2 (11:10):
Yeah, and nobody on here is safe, because that was
the narrative that I was believing, right, everybody's somebody's gonna
throw soda at me or something, you know, like nobody
is safe. And this lady looked at me, she was
sitting next to me, and she said, I promise if
you stay on this fight. It was before they had
closed the boarding door. She's like a promise, if you
stay on this fight, I will get you through to

the other side. And she did. She held my hand
the hall way. We made it through the fight, and
it was just this beautiful moment of me seeing like
the thing that I was the most afraid of.

Speaker 1 (11:41):
And this wasn't somebody traveling with you. This was a
stranger that you were seated next to you.

Speaker 2 (11:46):
Yeah, traveling alone. This was a stranger and it was
so amazing. The thing that I was so afraid of
was the thing that got me to the other side. So, yeah,
there was a lot learned in that season.

Speaker 1 (11:58):
That is beautiful. It is so good to be catching
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I think we have a hard time owning or talking about,
or admitting when we have something like panic attacks or
debilitating fears or grief, that it swallows you up and
turns you into somebody you never thought you would be.

You know, it's hard to talk about, it's hard to
be honest, but I get Like I said, when I
listen to the lyrics of your song, I prayed because
I said, this sweet little girl is going through something. Lord,
please go to her, Please bless her.

Speaker 2 (13:54):
Oh thank you. I felt your prayers. I felt them
because I got to experience the other side, you know,
and it is true. I don't know. I was like
the token adrenaline junkie. So I would skydive and I
would cliff jump and do all these things. And then

I became the person that was paralyzed by fear, and
it was such a weird world. I was like, I
am the person who constantly overcomes fear. Like the things
that would make the world afraid are the things I
jump into. Right.

Speaker 1 (14:27):
But like you said, your love is people. Your love
is connection, your love your soul's desire. Your gift from
God is being able to connect with people on a
real level and then share truth in song. That's your gift.
It's like a photographer that everybody might see the same thing,

but a really good photographer with their soul sees a
different perspective and takes that picture and then shares it
with the world, and you see everything changes when you
see it through their lens. You're that photographer. Your voice,
you were songwriting, because it's not just your voice, it's
the whole combination. And we are in crazy times. You know,

COVID might have spurret it or brought it on. But
we are in crazy times where if you misspeak a word,
if you mislabel something, if you are not even aware
of what you're misspeaking, you're attacked, especially if you're in
the public eye like you are. Yes, right, there is

reason to attack, and so there is a lot of fear.
But I noticed because I didn't travel much after COVID,
you know, I just didn't not just during COVID, but
after COVID, and when I started traveling again, I noticed
such a huge change, like night and day from twenty

nineteen to twenty twenty two or twenty twenty three, in
the level of animosity and rage that's boiling right beneath
the surface.

Speaker 2 (16:12):

Speaker 1 (16:13):
And I see it in airports, on airplanes with drivers,
with drivers like I cannot believe how crazy drivers are.
I'm like, what in the world do you not know?
If you hit somebody you will get hurt too, Like yeah,
So I get that. I totally get that.

Speaker 2 (16:35):
It is I keep telling myself, for anything that is
negative that happens in the world, try to put back
into the world ten times the amount of positive. Like
for any experience the other day, I was driving and
I didn't know where I was going, and I pulled over.

There was a tow truck in the middle of the road.
I was on my haul and Drive, which is if
you know anything about the Holland Drive it.

Speaker 1 (17:02):
Is I know Mahland Drive, Yeah, and I love the
Jagaranda trees on Maholland Drive though.

Speaker 2 (17:09):
Yes, beautiful, so beautiful, so beautiful. And there was a
tow truck towing a car and in the process they
pulled this car over and blocked one of the lanes,
and so I went around the tow truck like there
was a traffic that was yeah, that was directing people
around the tow truck, and I go around and I

asked him where are we supposed to park? Because that's
why this person was getting towed. So I was like,
I need to know what's up. And I end up
going around the person and these three bikers come around
the corner in the oncoming traffic lane. They started screaming
all these profanities, cursing me out, screaming at the top
of the lungs. The traffic policeman was like, what is happening?

They were so volatile, and I drove off. I looked
at them and I said, there's yeah, there's a tow truck.
They're directing us around a tow truck. And I drove
off and my instant feeling was like so much anger,
and then it just anger was covering how sad. I

was turned immediately into sorrow and like my eyes filled
with tears, and I said, God, I need you to
restore humanity, Like what is what is in the hearts
of people right now that they feel like they can
scream at someone they've never met and curse them out
over just going around a tow truck Like it wasn't

I wasn't even doing anything to them, right, And so
what I did in the process, I went on a
hike because I was like, I got to get that
out of me.

Speaker 1 (18:49):
Toxic. It's toxic, it's like poison in your soul.

Speaker 2 (18:53):
Yes, yes, So I went on a hike and I
talked to every person on the hike, and so someone
stopped me and said, I'm so glad that you actually
took time to stop to talk to me today, like
this really meant something to me, and it's it was
just so kind. And I talked I'm not kidding to
probably about nine individuals along this hip and I'm going

back to my car on the hall and drive and
I was on a jog running and do you know
that a biker passed me and cheered me on. He's like,
keep going, keep going, because I was running uphill and
it was just, you know, it was just a moment.
I could sit and focus on that one negative experience,
or I could take that one negative experience and turn

it into ten positive experiences. And what the plan of
that negativity would be is to silence us, to quiet
us from wanting to talk to anybody, to keep us from,
you know, pouring love back into the world. When you're hurt,
you become defensive, right, But the way to get those

walls back down is just to love the next person.
Just keep loving the next person, keep loving the next person,
and eventually it will actually break you out of the
pain that you were feeling. Yeah, it's really interesting.

Speaker 1 (20:12):
Well, thank god you did, and thank god I do. Yay,
Lauren Dagel, thank you for this time. I know you've
got a crazy busy schedule, but I love you. I
pray for you. You are such a blessing, such a
gift from God. So thank you.

Speaker 2 (20:28):
Thank You, thank You, Yes, thank you la.

Speaker 1 (20:31):
Part one of our self titled album Lauren Dagel was
released in May with ten songs, thank God I Do
being the lead single. Part two of the album includes
ten more singles and will be released soon. If you
haven't done so already, download Part one now and definitely
get Part two when it becomes available. Lauren's North American

Kaleidioscope Tour begins September sixth that last until December ninth.
There's bound to be a venue near you, so check
it out at Laurendegel dot com and get tickets before
they sell out. While there's lots of talk about the
approaching fall, don't waste a single day of the summer
that we have left. Get your steps in while the

evenings are still warm and there's daylight after five o'clock
I don't know. Take in a Little league game, dip
your toes in the water at a beach, or at
a lake or at a creek. If you live someplace
where there are fireflies, catch some, Listen to Lauren's new music,
and always remember to slow down and love someone
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