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How Can It Be is the debut studio album by American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter Lauren Daigle. The album was released on April 14, 2015, through Centricity Music. LifeWay Christian Bookstore was permitted to release the album on April 11, 2015.[not verified in body] The lead single from the album, "How Can It Be", was released on July 8, 2014.[5] A deluxe edition of the album was released on May 6, 2016.[6]

How Can It Be
How Can It Be (Official Album Cover) by Lauren Daigle.png
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 14, 2015 (2015-04-14)
GenreContemporary Christian music, soul
ProducerPaul Mabury, Jason Ingram
Lauren Daigle chronology
How Can It Be
How Can It Be
Behold: A Christmas Collection
Singles from How Can It Be
  1. "How Can It Be"
    Released: July 8, 2014
  2. "First"
    Released: June 19, 2015[1]
  3. "Trust in You"
    Released: January 22, 2016[2]
  4. "Come Alive (Dry Bones)"
    Released: September 16, 2016[3]
  5. "O'Lord"
    Released: September 22, 2017[4]

The album has since sold 1 million copies in the United States.[7]


Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
365 Days of Inspiring Media4.5/5[8]
CCM Magazine     [9]
Christian Music Review4/5[11]
Christian Review Magazine     [12]
Cross Rhythms          [14]
Jesus Freak Hideout     [15]
Louder Than the Music     [16]
New Release Today     [17]
The Phantom Tollbooth4/5[18]

Signaling in a four star review by CCM Magazine, Grace S. Aspinwall realizes, "From top to bottom, this project showcases one of the best and brightest young voices in Christian music with the skills and prowess of a veteran songstress."[9] Christopher Smith, indicating in a four star review at Jesus Freak Hideout, recognizes, "you've got some inspiring worship tunes on How Can It Be."[15] Specifying in a five star review for New Release Today, Kevin Davis responds, "How Can it Be is a masterpiece with compelling music and lyrics and stellar singing and it is my worship album of the year."[17] Timothy Yap of wrote that "Many contemporary Christian artists may sing about the marvel of redemption, but when Lauren Daigle does it with her smoky alto she commands attention. There's a holy gravitas that resonates within this Louisiana native's pipes that we can't help but be drawn in."[19] Jeanie Law of Breathcast summarized that "Lauren Daigle's debut release How Can It Be on Centricity Music will serve as a breath of fresh air for music lovers with its raw emotion, honest lyrics, and Daigle's infectious voice."[20] In a nine out of ten review by Cross Rhythms, Tony Cummings describes, "Paul Mabury's production is impeccable, Lauren's vocals are richly expressive, and all in all 'How Can It Be' is an inspiring full length debut from a singer who will surely be here for the long haul."[14] Michael Dalton, in a four out of five review from The Phantom Tollbooth, says, "The voice I hear on Lauren Daigle’s debut, How Can it Be, reminds me of Adele and the International House of Prayer’s, Misty Edwards. Each of them can sound both smoky and delicate. It adds weight in this God-directed release."[18] In a 4.0 out of five review by Christian Music Review, Laura Chambers writes, "How Can It Be invites us to approach God with a blend of wonder at His majesty and faith in His goodness."[11] Christian St. John, awarding the album five stars from Christian Review Magazine, writes, "How Can It Be is a beautifully produced album and the musicianship is excellent on each and every track."[12]


The song, "How Can It Be", was No. 9, on the Worship Leader's Top 20 Songs of 2015 list.[21]

Track listingEdit

Standard edition
1."First"Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury, Jason Ingram, Mia Fieldes, Hank BentleyMabury, Ingram3:48
2."How Can It Be"Mabury, Ingram, Jeff JohnsonMabury4:19
3."Trust in You"Daigle, Mabury, Michael FarrenMabury3:31
4."My Revival"Daigle, Ingram, MaburyMabury, Ingram4:59
5."Loyal"Daigle, Mabury, Ingram, Jonas MyrinMabury, Ingram4:29
6."Power To Redeem" (featuring All Sons & Daughters)Daigle, Mabury, Justin EbachMabury3:45
7."Here's My Heart"Ingram, Louie Giglio, Chris TomlinMabury, Ingram6:15
8."O'Lord"Mabury, Joe WilliamsMabury3:29
9."I Am Yours"Daigle, James Tealy, Mabury, Paul DuncanMabury3:58
10."Come Alive (Dry Bones)"Daigle, FarrenMabury3:55
11."Salt & Light"Daigle, Mabury, Leslie JordanMabury4:01
12."Once and for All"Daigle, Mabury, DuncanMabury4:13
Total length:48:02




  • Paul Mabury – drums, percussion, additional programming, additional keyboards
  • Jason Ingram – additional keyboards, additional acoustic guitar
  • Mike Payne – electric guitars
  • Tony Lucido – bass
  • Hank Bentley – electric guitars and acoustic guitars
  • Matt Butler – cello
  • Joe Williams – editing, keyboards, additional electric guitars, additional guitars, and trumpet on "Trust In You"
  • Stephen Lieweke – acoustic guitar on "Salt & Light" and electric guitar on "Power to Redeem"
  • Keith Everette Smith – additional digital editing



Year Single Chart positions
US Christian
Bubbling Under Hot 100
2014 "How Can It Be" 5
2015 "First" 2
2016 "Trust in You" 1 23
"Come Alive (Dry Bones)" 6
2017 "O'Lord" 3

Other charted songsEdit

Year Single Chart positions
US Christian
2016 "Loyal" 48
"I Am Yours" 42
"Here's My Heart" 50


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[32] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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