“You Say” is pretty and soul stirring music, sung with talent and dynamism by young Lauren Daigle. Gospel Music Award winner for Best New Artist, Daigle puts all of her faith in this one; “I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I'm not enough, every single lie that tells me I will never measure up, am I more than just the sum of every high and every low, remind me once again just who I am because I need to know.” The ‘you’ here is capitalized to suggest the Lord, and it is under His gaze that she feels immense comfort, even at her lowest points; “You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing, you say I am strong when I think I am weak, and You say I am held when I am falling short, and when I don't belong, oh You say that I am Yours, and I believe, oh I believe, what You say of me, I believe.” What Daigle believes is beautifully expressed in the chorus, and her voice rests beautifully on a strong orchestration. In an unusual twist, the verses are much shorter than the long winded chorus parts. Here, her faith is unshakable; “The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me, in You I find my worth, in You I find my identity, ooo-oh.” In an interview, Daigle shed some light on the meaning of identity in this context; “It’s all about your identity. It’s all about God coming and rewriting on your heart the words the world might have said that are against you. He comes and replaces those lies with His Truth that we are loved, we’re strong because of Him, we’re held, we’re able and He’s a God who is willing to meet us in the middle of all times, of all things. He’s called you saints. It’s all about what He says versus what the world says.” The most amazing aspects of this song really play out sonically, where big drum hits and overdubbed choir vocals reach out and grab the listener, as Daigle patiently waits in between these dramatic peaks and valleys to deliver her words. The overall experience is truly felt
Jason Ingram, Paul Mabury, Lauren Daigle
"You Say" is a song by American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter Lauren Daigle. It is the lead single from her third studio album, Look Up Child. Written by Daigle, Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, it was released as a single on July 13, 2018. It reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, her first entry on the chart. It is also Daigle's third No. 1 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. The song debuted at No. 22 on the Christian Airplay chart, becoming the best start for a non-holiday song by a solo female artist in over eight years, since Francesca Battistelli's "Beautiful, Beautiful" debuted at No. 21 on March 20, 2010. The song spent 45 weeks at No. 1, breaking "Something in the Water" by Carrie Underwood's record for the longest reign by any solo artist in the chart's history.