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Artist Spotlight: Big Daddy Weave

by Wendy Lee Nentwig

Artist Spotlight: Big Daddy Weave

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They're not the flashiest band. You won't find them sporting deep-Vs and skinny jeans or wearing knit caps in July just to look cool. But Big Daddy Weave know how to deliver a hit song -- something these good ol' Southern boys have been doing for more than a decade.

The band is made up of brothers Mike and Jay Weaver (Mike handles the songwriting and lead vocals, and Jay is on bass and vocals), Jeff Jones (drums), Joe Shirk (sax and keyboards) and Jeremy Redmon (guitars and vocals). Their roots reach back to the University of Mobile on Alabama's gulf coast, and the band has ties to Florida, too. All the sunshine these guys have soaked up over the years definitely makes its way into their music. There's a laid-back, almost island vibe that permeates the soul-filled, rootsy pop rock they deliver.

The industry started taking notice in 2002, when Big Daddy Weave were nominated for a Dove Award for Artist of the Year, but they'd have to wait until 2010 to take a trophy home, this time for the Christmas album Christ Is Come. They're perennial fan favorites, though, as evidenced by their win for Song of the Year at the first-ever K-Love Fan Awards in 2013. The track "Redeemed" is just the latest in a long line of hits.

Mike Weaver has grabbed a few headlines with a drastic weight loss that threatened to take the "Big" out of Big Daddy Weave. But it didn't change their sound any, or the band's unwavering spiritual focus. Their songs are straightforward and all stem from a desire to point people to God. It's a simple message to deliver but one that can be hard to live out. Still, this band manages to do that, intent on modeling a love come to life through their actions. They're more than just spiritual cheerleaders, though. The music also traces personal struggles and the questions we all ask when life seems to make no sense. From fires and fatigue to health issues and devastating hurricanes that ravaged their homes, they haven't lived charmed lives, all of which just makes their music more relatable.

"You've got the ones I term the belly-achers," says Mike with a laugh. "Those are the hurting songs, which are way outnumbered by what came after that, the songs that say, 'We can't wait to worship God because we see even in tragedy, God, You are triumphant.'"

As the years pass and their families grow, it can be a struggle to find the balance between home, touring and spiritual growth, but all these years later, they make it look as easy and effortless as ever. Experience the best of this band with our Big Daddy Weave Artist Spotlight playlist.

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