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Lead singer of Big Daddy Weave, Mike Weaver. | Special to the Enquirer

Big Daddy Weave hits all the right notes

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

The anticipation was high in this area as Shoal Creek Baptist church hosted one of the top contemporary Christian groups on the charts, and Big Daddy Weave delivered. Big Daddy Weave is one of the top artists in contemporary Christian music that is currently on the road. Just recently they achieved the rare feat of four back to back singles when their album Beautiful Offerings produced the number one songs “Love come to life,” “Overwhelmed,” “The only name (Yours will be),” and “Redeemed,” which has become the band’s unofficial anthem. In front of a sold out crowd at Priceville High School, BDW delivered a memorable performance, much to the delight of the people in attendance, as they songs about their Lord and Savior and what he had done for them.

The group’s opening acts were the first to go on. Rising star Zach Williams took to the stage first. Williams sang songs off his debut album, which was released earlier this year, “To the table” and “Old Church Choir.” He then talked about his past and where he had came from. Williams was part of a rock band known as Zach Williams and the Reformation and he spoke of how his life was full of alcohol and drugs before he became saved. Williams then ended his set by his singing his smash hit that has taken the Christian music charts by storm “Chain Breaker.”

We Are Messengers were the next group to take the stage. Lead singer Darren Mulligan gave the audience something different with his rich Irish accent. While singing his top song “Magnify,” Mulligen shared his testimony. Much like Williams, Mulligen toured with a rock band before turning to Christian music. It was when his wife became saved that Mulligen began the turn towards Christ. “I hated the thought of her being happy; because she sounded happy, while I was miserable.” Shortly thereafter Mulligen, who was an atheist, accepted Christ into his life. He gave up music for a short time before it found his way back into his life.

Big Daddy Weave took the stage after that and immediately got the crowd involved with the song “The only name (Yours will be).” Before singing the song “My story,” lead singer Mike Weaver gave a testimony about his brother and bass player Jay Weaver. Jay came down with a disease in his legs and had to have his feet amputated, but doctors later told him had he not had done that he would’ve died within 48 hours. Jay was there and walking around, with the aide of crutches, on new prosthetic feet and playing the bass for the group. BDW closed out the set with their top song “Redeemed.” As soon as the first words were sung the crowd immediately began to sing every word with them throughout the whole song.

As the stage crew set up for the second half of the show, Mike Weaver jumped down in the crowd at intermission. He shared the story of his mission trip with the group in which they traveled to a country that was riddled with poverty. Weaver was able to meet the child that he had personally been sponsoring and he saw just how little they had and how blessed he really was. He encouraged people in the audience to join the group in helping sponsor children in poverty.

The second half of the show featured all three artists on stage at the same time. They sang songs such as “Holy Spirit” and “No longer a slave to fear.” It ended the show and the night on a high note.