By Juanice Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Dupree of Goldonna got the surprise of her life when she was asked at the last minute to play the piano at a funeral last week. She plays the piano regularly, but it wasn’t the impromptu ask to play that caught her off guard; it was who she was accompanying. It was none other that recording artist Lauren Daigle.
Daigle, of Lake Charles, is best known for her hit “You Say.” Dupree said her former teaching colleague was Daigle’s aunt, who has Calvin roots. We were at the funeral. “Todd Martin asked me to accompany him as he sang. No rehearsal except for something whispered a few minutes before the service. He’s a former student. We’ve performed together many, many times over the years,” Dupree said.
“Then he said, ‘Oh by the way, would you play “When the Saints Go Marching In” at the end for Lauren?’” That big grin of Daigle’s popped around his shoulder.
“Um, sure! What key?” Dupree asked.
Daigle looked puzzled. “Key? I have no idea!”
Dupree said she told Daigle to, “Come on in here and sing it where you are comfortable and I’ll find it.” (Another two-second whispered rehearsal.) She did, I did, and the rest is history. She’s a precious young person.”
Dupree learned to play 80% by ear. “I was too hyper to sit still for lessons. I learned just what was necessary not to get scolded. She is the great niece of Martha Lowe Killian who was a long-time colleague of mine. We just wound up at the same funeral,” she said.
Dupree made a social media post that garnered a lot of attention. She played it down, but with Daigle’s popularity, Dupree has something she can tell the grands and great-grandchildren for years to come.