To support his new project, Norman will be hitting the road with MercyMe. In addition to playing a set, he’ll introduce MercyMe and later serve as the emcee for an audience question and answer time.

Still Going Strong

Big Daddy Weave’s front man Mike Weaver had an interesting wake-up call when one of his Rush of Fools' tour mates recently told him he loved listening to Big Daddy Weave’s songs in youth group.
 
“Man, I felt old in that moment!” Weaver says. “But I guess it was a reminder of how really blessed I feel to be still ministering through music.”
 
Now on the eve of the band’s 10th anniversary, Big Daddy Weave has released its fifth album, What Life Would Be Like (Fervent), a treatise on “getting to a place where they could receive the heart of God” and “normal life” as husbands and fathers.

“With our music, we’re not to trying to be anybody else but who we are,” Weaver says. “We’re okay with not being the artiste; we definitely wear our influences on our sleeves. But we know exactly why we do what we do, and that’s to share a message of hope and encouragement to people who need it the most.”
  
Also reigniting their passion for making music was a life-changing trip to Ecuador. “We haven’t been the same since we got back,” Weaver shares. “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.”
 
Catch the band on the “What Life Would Be Like” tour, which runs through November, with Rush of Fools and Jason Gray.



About the Writer
After graduating with a B.S. in Journalism from North Central University in 1998, Christa Banister moved to Nashville, Tenn. and eventually started working at
CCM Magazine/Salem Publishing in various editorial capacities (including managing editor) for five and a half years. After that, she launched her own freelance writing company and writes for numerous clients including CCM Magazine, Crosswalk.com (she reviews movies for them each week), Christian Single, Christianity Today, Threads Media, Songs4Worship.com, BurnLounge, PassAlong.com and helped kick-start the first Christian music blog for MTV. She also writes bios for professional recording artists and authors and penned her first two fiction novels for NavPress in 2007.


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