She was reportedly asked to participate in the annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration, until she wasn’t.
But things went sour when an impromptu worship performance lead to her being cut from the event all together.
Last month, the Christian singer was reportedly riding her bike in New Orleans, when she noticed a worship gathering, and volunteered to do what she does best, sing worship, according to Faithwire.
The Christian Post said that the event was one of the many worship protests organized by Sean Feuct, which were in response to restrictions being placed on churches across America in the Coronavirus pandemic.
Following the event, the town’s mayor, LaToya Cantrell, wrote a letter to the president of Dick Clark Productions, asking for Lauren to be removed from the line-up.
When news of this happened, Attorney General Jeff Landry wrote a letter to Lauren letting her know of her rights, and shared his support with her.
On Thursday, Lauren issued her own statement about the matter, according to WDSU.com.
“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. To me, that is the very moment when music serves its higher purpose. It’s what gives people encouragement, hope for a better future, and it’s what can usher joy into their hearts. My involvement was focused on lifting spirits, providing hope, and encouragement, during these polarizing times.
“I’m disappointed that my spontaneous participation has become part of the political discourse and I’m saddened by the divisive agendas of these times. I would have been, and still would be, honored to represent our city on New Year’s Eve and although I was aware of discussions regarding my involvement, an offer was never made. I have wept, pleading for this chaos to dissipate and for harmony to return. We need unity when people are desperate, suffering, starving or out of work.
“I have a deep and profound love for the state of Louisiana, for the city of New Orleans and the people that reside here. I want to thank everyone who has offered kind words and support. They have been a balm for my soul throughout this process.”