One of the most common questions I get is, “Do you know Fill In The Blank CCM artist? What are they really like?” So I decided to write a blog about it. Here’s all the dirt on your favorite artists. Okay, not really dirt. I don’t have any desire to drag anyone’s name through the mud. You won’t find any dirty secrets here. Instead, I’d like you to get the chance to know them like I know them. As a person. As a friend. So let me introduce to you my friend, Mike Weaver.
You would know Mike as the lead singer of Big Daddy Weave. You probably wouldn’t know that he plays a mean heavy metal guitar. I should know, I’ve heard the recordings. Unexpected, but wonderful. I’ve always enjoyed BDW’s music and the two tours we did with them are still among our favorites. One of the best things about Mike is the joy he brings when he walks into a room. It’s awesome to have a friend who is going to make you smile, not because they know a lot of jokes but just because they enjoy life. I, of course, am nothing like that, and therefore, took full advantage.
Where does that spunk come in most handy, you ask? Early morning radio interviews. I don’t know why people listen to Christian radio in the morning, but they do, and so, that’s when they want us to do interviews. Unfortunately, I’m not a morning person. So I’m pretty terrible at early morning interviews. But Mike… he’s the golden child. I’m not even sure what that exactly means, but he’s the greatest at morning fun. He always has the energy and the right thing to say, and I think he may even enjoy it. So doing interviews with him is awesome. Because he does all the work. He is fun and funny. He’s just what people want from morning Christian radio. Then when they ask a deep spiritual question, he lets me get in one quality answer, so I can get credit for being there. And then he wraps it up. We’re a great team.
The other thing you should know about Mike that you probably won’t ever get the chance to find out is that he has a real heart for prayer. I don’t mean he’s organizing huge prayer rallies or anything. But on tour we would lead devotionals together and he was always in charge of the prayer side of things. I learned so much being with him. I don’t know if he really has any secrets to prayer. He just loves Jesus, and therefore loves to talk to Him. His prayers were so authentic, and not the new cool “bare feet means you’re humble” authentic. It was just Mike talking to Jesus the same way Mike talks to me but with more joy, because he’s talking to the One who brings him joy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know my friend Mike Weaver. Take some time today to pull out an old Big Daddy Weave CD and give it another listen. Or maybe jump on iTunes and buy the newest one. Take a moment and pray for Mike, his wife, and their kids. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikedaddyweave. Check out bigdaddyweave.com and find out when they’re coming to a city near you and go see them in concert. It’s a blast. Oh, and don’t play him in ping pong. He will murder you.
Thoughts? Favorite Big Daddy Weave song?
9 thoughts on “What They Are Really Like, Vol 1: Mike Weaver”
Love this!! In the end. . . we’re all the same!!
Most morning radio guys aren’t morning folks either. Why do you think the coffee addiction rate of DJs is so high? 🙂
BDW was always great to work with when I would cross their paths in my Christian radio days.
As for my favorite song…I love their version of Field of Grace.
We LOVE seeing BDW perform because they are just so much fun to watch and they have so much fun when performing. I’m sure that comes from the joy you talk about Mike having. They are super friendly, nice guys too. I think I must have all of their CD’s and don’t know if I could pick a favorite song, but I really like Let it Rise and also like that they redid Another Day in Paradise and Hold Me Jesus.
I know exactly what you mean about Mike. Several years ago, the church I served at held a youth rally, and we brought BDW in to play the show. They were cool enough to let our band open the show for them. We got to hang out with them a bit before and after the show (you were mentioned, Todd). Mike even gave me a quick guitar lesson on one of their songs.
They are an amazing band, and were lots of fun to hang out with.
Thanks for sharing! I have all of BDW’s CDs. I love all their songs, but “Hold Me Jesus” is one of my favorites. Funny thing, when I first heard of Big Daddy Weave I assumed they were a rap band. …not quite!
I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Todd Agnew…I first met Todd on the radio during a song called,”Thunder,” and was blown away. I knew instantly that he would bring in thousands to hear his music, people of all ages…This Todd person, come to find out, had a few attitudes, i.e. he wasn’t afraid to have a ‘tude…Since then, i’ve seen/witnessed him mature and grow in grace and wisdom…Oh, he’s not perfect, still, but reaching for sure. What may have been not a good memory for him, most certainly is one of my most favorite memories…the tangible presence of our Holy God while on a boat in Jamaica…maybe a trip that Todd wasn’t even excited about, it was the first time I heard,”Our Awesome God,” and the air in that room was electric. I prayed the entire song for Jamaica as that is what God poured out on me…i’m forever thankful to have been a part of that moment, and thankful for Todd’s obedience to the Lord…Just like Big Daddy Weave, the heart strings are what matter most. And obedience does bring blessings!
I love this idea! I’m looking forward to “meeting” your friends and those that I look toward to lead me to worship. Thanks!
I have had the privilege to be in concert, worship, with both BDW and Todd Agnew. From what I have learned they are both men of God and love sharing their faith and their music. And for that I am greatful. I saw pictures of both hanging on the wall in a small BBQ restaurant in Idabel, OK just a couple of weeks back. The owner still speaks fondly of her time with Todd. Praying for you both, Bubba.
I remember attending some of the concerts in the “Name of Jesus” tour where you told about conversations with Mike about the names of Jesus. I wish I could remember some of the comments, but it gave a glimpse into the heart of Mike that I’ll never forget. It’s learning more about the heart of a person that brings connection and affection in the Lord’s family. We need more of that!