Louisiana-born Lauren Daigle has a rich, full-bodied alto that invites comparison with the likes of Adele and Leona Lewis. The former American Idol contestant’s debut EP, How Can It Be, finds her applying her outstanding vocal gifts to a set of God-centered tunes notable for their raw emotion and visceral impact. Her songs—cowritten with producer Paul Mabury, James Ingram, and Michael Farren, among others—are heartfelt testimonies that reflect both her own struggles and her broader vision of healing and redemption. How Can It Be's title track rises from aching introspection to soaring celebration, making the most of Daigle’s expansive range. “O’ Lord” combines modern Britpop production with a timeless praise message, while “Come Alive (Dry Bones)” invokes imagery from the Book of Ezekiel against pulsating synths and pounding drums. All Sons & Daughters lend their voices to the intimate, folk-tinged “Power to Redeem” before “Light of the World” closes the EP with an expression of worshipful joy.