Meet Big Daddy Weave, just a bunch of guys hanging out having fun--making a little music, having a lot of laughs, and loving God. Sound like a crowd you wouldn't mind being a part of?
When you meet Mike Weaver, lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter for Big Daddy Weave, you'll be impressed by the sheer presence of this unassuming young man. Surpassing the obvious physical presence-because the band is named Big Daddy Weave for a reason. Mike Weaver has a joy for life that simply radiates from his being. While he's relatively quiet upon first glance, give him a few minutes and he'll have you in the palm of his hand, laughing along with him. And when he takes the stage along with his younger brother, Jay Weaver, and three more of his friends, you'll understand the appeal of Big Daddy Weave.
"We're not taking ourselves so seriously," says Mike, "But we take why we're there very seriously."
The Weaver brothers and college-town friends Jeremy Redmon, Jeff Jones and Joe Shirk comprise Big Daddy Weave, a band that is at once both focused and yet difficult to pinpoint. Their passion for ministry is contagious, and is the core of this group. But their unique sound keeps them from being just another run-of-the-mill Christian band, combining a range of styles that have them often compared to mainstream favorite Dave Matthews Band or Christian pop mainstay Steven Curtis Chapman.
"I guess I'd describe our music as acoustic pop/rock with a twist. The twist is the sax, and a little something that you can't really put your finger on," says Mike.
Big Daddy Weave entered the studio for the fifth time in their decade long career with a singular mission – to create a collection of songs that might somehow communicate the word placed on their hearts to the hearts of those who hear it. It might have been easier to simply try to recreate the success of their previous hit songs, such as “Every Time I Breathe” or “Audience of One.” Instead, Big Daddy Weave set out to craft the most ambitious and varied album of their career by doing what they’ve been doing all along – refusing to compromise while stretching the artistic boundaries of what a Big Daddy Weave record is supposed to sound like.
When asked to describe their fifth album, What Life Would Be Like, guitarist,singer,songwriter Mike Weaver characterized it as being “all about expectations.”
“We all grew up in church,” Mike explains. “That is awesome, and I’m thankful for it, but there is also some baggage that comes with that. We grew up hearing people talk about grace, but there seemed to be an unspoken law that said, ‘but you also have to do this, this, this, this, and this.’ Nobody ever said it out loud, but I saw how people who didn’t do ‘this, this, this, this, and this’ were treated. Now truly, you will know a tree by its fruit, but that’s not grace. With What Life Would Be Like we are ripping up our old expectations to get to a place where we can receive the heart of God.”
That ripping up process started during the latter part of 2006 with the release of Big Daddy Weave's highly acclaimed project, Every Time I Breathe, continued through their hectic touring schedule on the Broken and Beautiful Tour with Mark Schultz, and culminated with their recent trip to impoverished villages in Ecuador where they saw first hand the impact of their association with relief organization, World Vision.
“God used that trip to re-ignite the fire in us as a group,” Mike says. “We haven’t been the same since we got back. There is a passion that hasn’t been there before, and we know we will never see the potential unleashed as long as we hang on to our old ideas of what life and ministry and being the church is, rather than letting God just come and ‘be’ in us. It’s kind of like somebody put resuscitator paddles on our hearts. I think the Lord really broke our hearts over who He loves, and that’s everybody.”
After enduring a proverbial ‘dark night of the soul’ during the first half 2006, when Mike says trying to write a song was like pulling eye teeth, Dove-nominated Big Daddy Weave began to experience unprecedented creativity. “We’ve been doing this for ten years, and it would be really easy for it to get old and stale,” Mike declares. “But it was like a revival was going on in us. Last time the songs came out of the driest place ever. This time it was so much fun! I have written more songs than I have written in my life.”
While Every Time I Breathe encouraged people to view every moment as a chance to live in response to the greatness of God, What Life Would Be Like celebrates that response.
“Sometimes I think we put the cart before the horse,” Mike muses. “We want to see folks act like they’re changed, maybe even before God does the changing. But if a tree is healthy, fruit just grows naturally. It’s not a forced endeavor, but it doesn’t happen all at once. It’s a life long process. God is as much concerned with every step of the journey as He is with the destination. These songs were born out of seeing just how badly we still need Jesus. What Life Would Be Like is a call to me and to everyone else who is sick and tired of same-old-same-old, to learn how to let Jesus live through us.”
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|One And Only||2002||Fervent Records|
|Fields of Grace||2003||Fervent Records|
|What I Was Made For||2005||Fervent Records|
|Every Time I Breathe||2006||Fervent Records|
|What Life Would Be Like||2008||Fervent Records|
|Christ Is Come||2009||Fervent Records|
|Love Come To Life||2012||Fervent Records|