Lauren Daigle, who achieved cross over success with her hit “You Say”, has been removed from the New Orleans lineup of ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve after participating in a prayer gathering and concert that went against COVID restrictions.
According to the local Fox 8 in Louisiana, the mayor of New Orleans sent a letter to ABC and Dick Clark Productions after learning about her involvement in the gathering and asked them to take her off the roster.
Daigle responded by saying she’s “disappointed” and “saddened” by their decision.
Daigle said she stumbled across the event on a bike ride and joined the crowd in prayer. When recognized and asked to sing, she agreed.
“I love the city of New Orleans. Its music, culture and creative people are unlike any other, and its rich history should be celebrated. That is what my work within the city has always focused on — my deep desire to see New Orleans and its music scene flourish.
“To be clear, I had no part in creating or planning the event that took place in the French Quarter last month. I was not scheduled to perform, and I was not a part of its promotion. Out riding my bike with a friend, I saw NOPD barricades set in place and uniformed police officers providing protection for a gathering of people that had come to pray. I was asked to sing.”
Daigle, whose vocal and musical style has been compared to Adele, just released a Christmas album. Her 2018 single, “You Say” cracked the Billboard Top 100 that year and peaked at number 29 on the charts.