Credit: Stephanie Rudig

HO HO WHO: Lauren Daigle, of contemporary Christian fame. After a few attempts at the singing competition show American Idol, she went on to release her first full-length album How Can It Be in 2015. Three singles from that album made the Billboard Christian Airplay chart, and that early success boosted her visibility within the genre. Daigle is perhaps best known for her more recent album Look Up Child, which debuted in September of last year. Poppy single “You Say” worked wonders for the release—Look Up Child became the highest-charting Christian album by a woman in more than two decades. She even got two Grammys for it. 

A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS: For this holiday season, the singer has released a cover of well-loved holiday tune “The Christmas Song.” It’s perfect for Hallmark movie soundtracks, Christmas caroling, and early-morning car rides to work, and it’s an all-around bop during this time of year. 

MANY TIMES, MANY WAYS: Don’t get me wrong, Daigle has a beautiful voice that rings true to the track’s original King Cole Trio sound, but since its writing in 1945 and first recording in 1946 (by Nat King Cole and his trio), pretty much every artist under the sun has recorded a cover. Michael Bublé, John Legend, The Carpenters, and Mary J. Blige have all lent it their vocals. With so many covers by so many talented performers, it’s hard to advocate that Daigle’s is the best, or even that it really stands out. 

CHEER FACTOR: 6/10. Despite the plethora of covers (Seriously, why does everyone feel the need to release a holiday album?), I have to credit Daigle for her beautiful rendition. It wouldn’t be the first version I’d choose to play, but the song and its accompanying music video are simple and classic. And in the spirit of Christmas, I’m happy rooting for a record-setting gal. 

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