Redeeming Experience Propels Big Daddy Weave

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Big Daddy Weave 235"My Story," a new song by the inspirational pop band Big Daddy Weave, flows from an earlier song that represented a spiritual breakthrough for lead singer Mike Weaver.

"Really, this is just a continuation of what God's been doing - back from a time and place when I was not feeling good about myself," admitted Weaver, 40, on the phone from near his Mt. Juliet, Tenn. home.

Weaver and his band perform April 24 at Sunshine Community Church with singer-songwriters Plumb (with her award-winning song "Need You Now (How Many Times)") and Jordan Feliz ("The River").

"The Story" is a musical testimony of the encouragement found when people heard how God helped him overcome his struggle to see himself as God sees him – in grace, mercy and love.

"There's more than a second chance – I can't count how many second chances I've had," he said.

The earlier song from which "My Story" sprang was the declarative "Redeemed," a ballad that rode the top of Christian music charts for nearly three months and sold more than a half million copies.

THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

Now the band's signature song, "Redeemed" came from a soul-searching time several years earlier when Weaver felt he was a failure when he didn't reach his goal in a weight-loss program.

It was 2009 and Weaver vowed to lose "90 pounds in '09" and began a year-long program of diet and exercise with help from a personal trainer. He ended up just six pounds short of his target.

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"It was really nothing," he said of his near miss. "But that (six pounds) was all I could see."

The focus on his imperfection proved to be a battle filled with inner turmoil. The singer started to regain the weight he had lost. At one point he dejectedly sat in his basement and "told God everything I hated about me," he recalled.

It was only then that he heard God speak to his heart: "I like the way you smile."

Beginning with that realization, Weaver re-discovered that God loved him not because of his ability to 'get it right,' but because of what Jesus had done for him. In God's sight he was "redeemed."

"The day that happened, the chorus of that song started floating around in my heart," he said.

THE WAY FORWARD

He finished the song with a co-writer (Benji Cowart), but shared it with no one. "I felt it was closure – God had ministered and it was like therapy for me," Weaver said.

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Cowart, a worship leader, started using the song in his church. He told Weaver that people kept asking for it and remarked about its impact.

Finally, Weaver shared it with his record label and it was placed on the band's 2012 album, "Love Come To Life." "Redeemed" shot up the charts and was a nation-wide hit. The band performed it on the Dove Awards telecast the following year (see it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bibChOnUVoY)

"Bound up in shackles of all my failures.....You look at this prisoner and say to me, 'Son, stop fighting a fight that's already been won,'" read the hopeful lyrics.

"Once we started to play it for people, we could tell it was hitting home," Weaver said. "Now we play it at the very end (of concerts) 'cuz we say we don't want people to leave early," he smiled.

NEW OUTLOOK....NEW SONGS

Besides "My Story," other songs on the new "Beautiful Offerings" album include "I Belong To God," a song co-written with Matt Redman and the worshipful "Lion and the Lamb," which came out of Bethel Church in Redding, Calif.

There's also "Already Done," which moves beyond mere redemption into the purpose for God's redeeming love – playing a part in His kingdom.

Weaver was born in Battle Creek, Mich. but moved to Florida at age 4 due to his father's job. He grew up doing music in the church and when he went to college (University of Mobile, a Christian school in Alabama) he helped form a Christian band. The players performed at various student ministry events even as they developed their original music. Their national debut recording came in 2002. Mike's younger brother Jay plays bass in Big Daddy Weave.

"This has been such a special season for us, but it's been exhausting, too," said Weaver of the band's recording and performing schedule. "We've been running like crazy but it's so fulfilling to see people find hope each night, and to see them come maybe feeling beat down and when they leave feel lifted up. That's a special thing to be part of."

Concert details:

Big Daddy Weave, with special guests Plumb and Jordan Feliz
6 p.m. Sun. April 24 (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Sunshine Community Church, 3300 E. Beltline NE,
Tickets: Reserved $20, artist circle $27.40, VIP $45, order via www.itickets.com or 800-965-9324
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Terry DeBoer
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Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present (1 year 6 months) Monthly publication and web site with news, features, and information of interest to the West Michigan Christian community Feature writer: Muskegon Chronicle April 1996 – Present (16 years 10 months) Writer: Kalamazoo Gazette July 1991 – Present (21 years 7 months) beat includes convering contemporary Christian and Gospel music feature writer Grand Rapids Press May 1988 – Present (24 years 9 months)

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