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Fields of Grace finds Fervent Records' band Big Daddy
Weave exploring new territory as first-time producers, while offering
their fans a glimpse of the energy found in a live show.
With a solid debut "signaling the arrival of a major
new talent" (Billboard), One And Only hit the Christian Soundscan
Charts at no. 5, making it the highest debut for a new artist in 2002.
Their first single, "In Christ", quickly proved
it's connection with listeners by becoming the highest charting AC single
for a new artist that year as well. Combined with other top radio hits
and extensive touring throughout 2003 with Rebecca St. James.
Big Daddy Weave quickly established themselves as one
of Christian music's favorite new artists of the year, helping them
to garner the esteemed New Artist of the Year Dove nomination. It is
through these experiences, and many others, that the band has refined
their sound, their performance and their calling.
Produced by Jeremy Redmon (guitarist) and Mike Weaver
(lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter) of the band, Big
Daddy Weave's sophomore release Fields of Grace is "a little closer
to capturing what you would hear when we play live. It's a little edgier
maybe, but we like it a whole lot," states Mike Weaver.
"I think lyrically we have stayed true to where we've
always come from. When we write songs, the lyrics are all about our
own personal journeys with God. When you listen to the lyrics, it's
like you're peeking into our lives. You will see the things that we're
excited about and the ways that God has blessed us. At the same time,
you will also see the things that we struggle with and at points, can't
really do anything with but just cry out to God."
It is evident when listening to the album that something
special occurred when recording it. Jeremy Redmon and Mike Weaver were
able to produce a record that truly reflects the spirit and essence
of the band. Mike Weaver states, "It was an awesome process, fun
and scary all at the same time. It was really cool to have that kind
of say creatively, but at the same time it was a really big responsibility.
We are very thankful and honored that Fervent would trust us with an
opportunity like this." Due to their busy schedule and life on
the road, the band wasn't able to take a block of time off to record,
so they recorded everywhere from hotel rooms, to conference centers,
to studios in Nashville, TN and Mobile, AL.
The energy of the band's live recording comes through
in songs like "Set Me Free," the opening cut, which starts
off in high gear with the first note and gets to the chorus in 39 seconds.
The concept of the song had its beginning several years ago when Mike
Weaver was using it as a testimony for what happens when a person is
saved. Then over a couple years, he realized that God continually sets
us free of troubles we face in our lives.
To add a different flavor, the third song on the record,
"New Every Morning," features a baritone saxophone, which
according to Mike Weaver "battles with the acoustic guitar to paint
a picture of us dealing with the things that try to drag us away from
God. Then the electric guitar comes in screaming, to demonstrate the
mercy that we find in the Lord every morning."
"The song I probably feel most connected to on the
record is, "Why?" says bassist and vocalist Jay Weaver. "I
ask myself the chorus lyric of that song so often in my life. Why do
I do the things that don't please God when in my heart I want to do
what is right. Just knowing that we all struggle with things in this
life and that ultimately it has to be a God thing and not an us thing."
All songs are penned by Mike Weaver with the exception
of "Fields of Grace," which is a Darrell Evans song. After
seeing the overwhelming response to their live performance of this song,
the bandmembers decided to include it on their sophomore album.
"All of the songs on this record connect in that
they're about seeing God while we're just dealing with everyday life
and how we respond to Him after seeing Him. There's a song on the record
called "You In Me." I can remember several instances over
the past year where I was just overwhelmed by the stress of everything
that needed to be accomplished.
"Every time I felt like I was at my breaking point, I would
hear the Lord reminding me that the things I was getting so freaked
out over were just temporary, but the things that He brings are eternal.
Just seeing things from that angle totally gave me the peace that I
needed so badly right then," says Mike Weaver.
In describing what God has done in the lives of bandmembers
since their debut album was released last year, saxophone and keyboard
player Joe Shirk says "God has continued to shape and refine our
vision as a band to serve God and point others to Him." Jay Weaver
adds, "If someone comes to a Big Daddy Weave concert and is entertained
for an evening, that's great for the moment. However, if they're able
to see God and take that home with them, they're changed forever. That's
what our goal is more than anything."
Since the release of Big Daddy Weave's first album, One
and Only, the band has been touring non-stop, including the Rebecca
St. James Spring 2003 Tour where they were able to learn the makings
of a national tour. As drummer Jeff Jones has said about their experiences
on the road, "I feel that we have really defined what our purpose
is as musicians/artists/worshipers, and we loved working with Rebecca
St. James. She is so humble and real."
With the release of their new CD, Fields of Grace, this
fall, Big Daddy Weave will ramp up the sale of their new album through
a national, 40-city tour with FFH. Both bands have enjoyed a strong
relationship for quite some time now since Jeromy Deibler (FFH) produced
One And Only. "Jeromy Deibler is a man of integrity.
FFH absolutely rules the room from the stage, and Jeromy
possibly gives the most clear gospel presentation I've ever heard. He
is a great mentor to all of us in the band, and we're looking forward
to touring with them," says Mike Weaver. Jay Weaver adds, "Overall,
I hope that people would walk away knowing that when we give God everything,
He offers us everything He has in exchange."
|About the Band
Jay (Vocals and Bass)
Birth date: 11/5/79
Family: wife, Emily, and so to be baby #1 Makenzie
Hobbies: Bowling and hanging out at my house
Book of the Bible: Favorite Romans Verse: Romans 12:1-2
Favorite TV Show: 7th Heaven, Law & Order, Different
Favority Movie: What About Bob, Sandlot, Elf
Favority Book: Come Thirsty by Max Lucado
Nicknames: chicken man (I love chicken fingers)
Birth date: 12/17/73
Family: wife Stephanie, daughter Hannah
Hobbies: playing the drums, ping pong, going to movies
Book of the Bible: Favorite Romans Verse: Romans 12:1-2
Most powerful spiritual influence: my best friend since the 1st grade,
When did you get involved with music? 6th grade band
Jeremy (Co-Producer, Guitar and Vocals)
Nicknames: Jerm, Red, and Tater.
Birth date: September 14, 1978
Family: My wife, Anna, (she's so incredible) and Charley (our Golden
Retriever) and of course my Mom, Dad, brothers, sisters-in-law, and
Hobbies: I'm doing my hobby full-time...I need a new hobby!
Favorite Bands - U2, Switchfoot, Coldplay
When did you get involved with music? I started playing guitar when
I was 5 or 6
Joe (Saxophone and Keyboards)
Birth date: March 24, 1979
Family: Amanda (wife), Alana (daughter...born on Jan. 3rd, 2005),
and Tigger (dog)
Hobbies: Running, most sports (especially the sport soccer), playing
xbox (especially the game Halo 1 and 2), and, of course, making music
Favorite Bands: DMB, Coldplay, U2, Delirious, Dave Crowder Band
Book of the Bible: Romans Verse: I John 3:18
Most powerful spiritual influence: Scottie Howard (the worship leader
at my home church)
When did you get involved with music? I grew up in a musical family.
Most of my childhood through the 6th grade was spent on the road with
my family (singing at churches).
Mike (Co-Producer, Songwriter, Lead Vocals and Guitar)
Nicknames: Mike, Mikey, Weave, Big Daddy
Birth date: 3-5-76 Family: Mom and Dad Weaver, Jay Dawg and my new
Hobbies: Racquet Ball Favorite
Bands: Recent, Switchfoot, David Crowder Band, and John Mayer.
All time favs: Sting, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Pat Metheny, and
Book of the Bible: Currently the book of Philippians
Most powerful spiritual influence: My Dad and Pastor Jay Stewart
When did you get involved with music? As a youth in church and in
Honors & Achievments
Honored two years in a row at ASCAP's 2003 and 2004 Christian
2002 Dove Award Nomination, "New Artist of the Year"
"Audience of One" one of the top 25 most performed ASCAP songs
Featured on Dove Hits 2003
Featured on WOW Worship Yellow
"In Christ" appeared on R&R's AC chart for 24 weeks, peaking at
No. 2, becoming the highest charting AC
single for a new artist
"In Christ" one of the top 25 most performed ASCAP songs of 2002
Debut project, "One And Only", debuted in SoundScan's Christian
Top 5, the highest debut for a new artist in 2002
"One And Only" remained in the SoundScan's Christian Top 20 for
six consecutive weeks
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