"Is that really her, or is that a recording?" I overheard a man say as he brushed by me. High praise for your act when people are skeptical that it's actually happening up there on stage. Of course, that is Lauren Daigle's real voice.
 
Daigle is a Grammy-winning artist from Louisiana with a sweet and smoky voice that sounds more than a little like Adele. Not bad company to keep.
 
Daigle and her massive backing band made for a packed stage during a grey Saturday afternoon at ACL Fest 2019. Her highly skilled support was put to good use, elevating Daigle's own exceptional belting with a boost from backing vocals and the groovy oomph of live horns.
 
With outstretched arms bound in bunches of bracelets, Daigle took a laid-back but receptive crowd to church. The soulful songstress sported colorful Woodstock-era thrift store digs as she led ACL through a set of redemptive ballads, earthy reggae jams, swinging covers of Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" and Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up," and her take on "One Love," which was far less cheesy than it had any right being.
 
Daigle closed with her heavily Adele-like hit “You Say” to outstretched hands and smartphones from the packed front to the blanket loungers in the outfield. Daigle returns to Austin in July for a show at the Frank Erwin Center.