Christian singer Lauren Daigle, known for powerful songs like “You Say” and “How Can It Be,” visited a maximum security prison in Illinois late last week.
In a Facebook post published Saturday, the two-time Grammy nominee revealed she performed at the Statesville Correctional Prison in Crest Hill, Illinois, Friday — a visit she described as “unexpected” and “more than I can articulate.”
“It was a day my eyes had never seen and will never be able to unsee,” she wrote. “We sang songs with inmates whose voices carried deeper into our hearts than the echo of a microphone will ever release. I saw hope in the face of the hopeless, joy in the wake of sorrow, wealth in the gap of depravity, and life in the midst of death.”
“These people have stories, and they have souls,” Daigle continued. “I watched heaven befriend those who are often forgotten. With each day that passes, may I never take for granted what it was like to walk around as a free man. I held a bottle of cold coffee upon pulling out of the Statesville Correctional Prison. My hand had never remembered that bottle being so cold.”
The recording artist’s trip to the Crest Hill prison came amid her ongoing tour for her latest album, “Look Up Child,” which debuted in September and earned the highest sales for a Christian record in nearly nine years.
Daigle’s prison visit follows fellow Christian artist Zach Williams’ EP, “Survivor: Live in Harding Prison,” which he recorded in a Nashville correctional facility. In an interview with Faithwire, the “Chain Breaker” singer described his experience as “an honor” and “a really cool experience.”