Published 11:03 am, Friday, August 18, 2017
In recent years, Christian pop band Big Daddy Weave has undergone a metamorphosis. Major success following the band’s 2012 “Love Come to Life,” was followed by tragedy four years later when band member Jay Weaver had both legs amputated. But the band has turned its ups and downs into its advantage.
As they continue their Set Free tour, which stops at Crossroads Church in Odessa on Wednesday, lead singer Mike Weaver talked about connecting with the audience on a different level, his brother’s progress and how change has made the band better.
IF YOU GO:
Big Daddy Weave’s Set Free Tour with We Are Messengers and Micah Tyler. 6 p.m. Wednesday at Crossroads Odessa, 6901 E. Highway 191. $15-$50. ticketfly.com.
MRT: Much has gone on with the band both professionally and personally. Does that reflect in your music and show?
Weaver: For us, really, it’s about inspiring hope. We all go through junk and we all need a second chance.
MRT: How do you inspire that hope?
Weaver: For years, we would tell some kind of champion story with the audience that was encouraging. But then God was looking to use us differently, and we started sharing about our brokenness. We all hurt and that somehow resonated far more than any story.
MRT: What do you share?
Weaver: We’re just honest and open, man, about what’s on our minds. To know someone has been, or is, going through what you’ve been through, that is pretty hopeful. You can see that light come on and that we’re all sharing an experience. I’m actually jazzed by the interaction we see with the lives of some people.
MRT: Was there a catalyst for this newfound openness at your concerts?
Weaver: As we were walking through, it just started to feel fake to pretend everything was OK when we were going through rough stuff. But we didn’t want that to be a gimmick, either. We wanted to have a message of moving forward. Where we are going tomorrow is not bound by our lives today.
MRT: The band released its first album “Neighborhoods” in 2001. How do you feel nine albums later?
Weaver: I still feel like I’m going to be told to get a day job, but I love playing music. And just to see what God has done and allowed us to do has been great. We’re thankful to do this. We’re a little more achy than when we started ,but in our hearts, we still feel like college kids.
MRT: At this point, you’re all practically family.
Weaver: It’s been cool to see each of us go through seasons of life. We’re all dads now. There were times we hated each other’s guts. But all that adds depth to those long-term relationships, and it carries a special kind of weight.
MRT: Your brother, Jay, had his legs amputated due to complications from diabetes. Speaking of family, how did he and you all — particularly you — go through that?
Weaver: It was just like a punch to the gut for all of us. This is my brother. There was such a helpless feeling that comes with that. We heard from places all over the world. It was time to see if we believe in what we say we believe. It was a dark time but we and the church rallied around him and lifted him up.
MRT: And how is he doing?
Weaver: Much better and there is steady improvement. He and we are all learning a new normal, and it’s slow-going but hopeful.
MRT: With both success and obstacles, does the band handle each differently or the same?
Weaver: Because of our experience now, we know where to run. We take it to (God) first. When we began this personal revival, there was a freedom in that. The Lord began to heal something in us. The response has been beautiful, and we see how it’s all rooted in God’s unconditional love.