Some songs come effortlessly, in mere moments, springing from a songwriter’s imagination in full formation. Others take days, weeks, even months of evolution and careful crafting. For Contemporary Christian hit maker Lauren Daigle’s newest release, “Hold On To Me,” it was a bit of the latter.
The song, which releases February 26, marks her first new music since 2018’s Grammy-winning album Look Up Child, which set Louisiana native Daigle’s career on a red-hot trajectory. The album was spearheaded by the singer’s soulful, Adele-esque voice, and the blockbuster hit “You Say,” which went triple platinum, also earned a Grammy, and became the only song to spend 100 weeks or more atop any of the Billboard Hot Songs charts. Meanwhile, Look Up Child debuted at No. 3 on the Top 200 albums chart, making Daigle the first female artist to simultaneously hit the Top 10 on both Billboard’s Pop and Christian Albums Charts. That album followed her 2015 debut How Can It Be, which garnered one platinum and two gold-selling singles.
In pre-pandemic 2019, Daigle reunited with longtime collaborators Paul Mabury (a co-writer on “You Say” and “Still Rolling Stones”) and Paul Duncan (“Still Rolling Stones”) for writing sessions during her tour, penning the track in sessions held between tour stops in Wichita, Kansas, and Phoenix.
“I am always not a road writer,” Daigle tells American Songwriter. “The people that can write on the road and also deliver all the goods for a show at the end of the day—I wish I had those muscles, but I do not. I’m such a one-track person.”
“Hold On To Me” finds its creative origins in the back lounge of a tour bus in Phoenix, and later refined during a live performance in Wichita. The song, plea for comfort and steadfastness during a season of uncertainty, may have been written two years ago, but feels tailor-made for right now.
“We wrote it for such a different time period and then 2020 hit and it’s like, ‘Whoa! Those lyrics just came to life in such a different way,” she says. “I think living with a song for a while, it’s almost like time gets its 33 percent. As if time comes in and says, ‘I’m actually a songwriter on this as well.’ It’s kind of this external writer that really comes and ties the bow around the present. It creates wonder in the middle of the song.
“The thing I love most about this song is that it lends itself to someone who is feeling incredibly vulnerable, someone who is feeling insecure, or uncertain,” Daigle shares. “There are times we may need a reminder of who we are and that we are worthy of having joy in our lives. In moments where the future may look uncertain and unknown, this is a song of hope that any person can cling to.”
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SOURCE: American Songwriter, Jessica Nicholson