Popular Christian recording artist Lauren Daigle left the competition in her wake after performing a stirring rendition of her hit worship track, “You Say” at this year’s Billboard awards.
According to music recognition service Shazam, Daigle’s song was a massive hit with those watching the awards ceremony, many of whom were determined to find out how they could get a hold of the powerful track.
“You have every failure, God, and you’ll have ever victory,” Daigle belted out in front of an attentive crowd and an swirling of TV cameras.
“You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing,
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours.”
Billboard announced that Daigle’s “Christian pop track, which earlier this year crossed over to pop and adult pop radio after a monumental 17-week run atop Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart,” triggered more Shazam tags “than any other performance at the BBMAs.”
According to Shazam, “You Say” accounted for 25 percent of all searches made during the NBC broadcast.
Many responded to the performance with their own testimonies of how it has impacted and helped them.
“Proud of my girl, love this song….it has been a life changing for me,” one person wrote.
“Such an amazing voice!! Praise God!! Father God you are Amazing,” another added.
What is the song actually about?
Obviously, the song has deep spiritual meaning, as Daigle herself has alluded to in previous interviews — she has often talked about her desire for the track to be an anthem for those who feel forgotten, insecure and broken — that they might know that God has
“I think a lot of times we build these complexes based on insecurity, based on fear, based on rejection, and lies that we have to constantly overcome. And so this song for me was just a reminder of identity,” Daigle wrote at CCM Magazine last summer.
“It was a reminder that I know when I’m weak, He’s strong—so how do I change that and bring that into my everyday life?” she recalled.
Daigle said that in her most profound moments of insecurity, “God just steps in and supercedes my inadequacies.”
“This entire song was so every single day I would get up on stage and remind myself—no, this is the truth, this is the truth, this is the truth,” she added. “Don’t get buried in confusion. Don’t get buried in waywardness. Just remember to steady the course, steady the course. That’s the story behind ‘You Say.’”
You can listen to the full track below: