Above: Lauren Daigle and Tori Kelly. (Images: Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle Facebook)
Rising gospel music stars Lauren Daigle and Tori Kelly have taken out two Grammy awards each at the 2019 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Daigle won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song award for her song You Say – a tune that has dominated Christian radio for months with its life-affirming message of God’s love.
Her record Look Up Child (pictured) was named Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
Tori Kelly, who is only two albums into her recording career, won Best Gospel Album for Hiding Place and Best Gospel Performance/Song for Never Alone featuring Kirk Franklin.
It’s a remarkable rise to the spotlight for the young woman who emerged not as a ‘Christian artist’, but as a secular-radio-friendly pop singer collaborating with the likes of Ed Sheering and touring with Sam Smith.
Meeting up in the studio last year with gospel artist Kirk Franklin, with an aim to record one single tune about her faith, things quickly changed. Franklin brought an armful of songs to work on, the pair clicked musically, and it became apparent that this was meant to be a whole gospel album.
Hiding Place (left) was the result.
Other Christian artists to take out Grammies include Jason Crabb for his album Unexpected, named Best Roots Gospel Album, and the ever-present Soweto Gospel Choir for their album Freedom, named Best World Music Album.
An unexpected Christian identity appearing on the Grammies winners list was former US president Jimmy Carter, who was awarded Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling), for the audio book of his autobiography, Faith – A Journey For All.
In his book Carter, now 94 years old, explores faith, its effect on human lives and world events, as well as how it has guided and sustained him in the ups and downs of his own personal life.