Friday, April 16, 2010

Show Recap: Phil Wickham / Leeland @ Crossroads Church

I could get used to this! Nothing against my homie Aaron Britton but a "Night of Worship" led by Phil Wickham, Leeland and Matt Maher is pretty sweet!
The Mercer's and the Boyle's trekked down to Wheat Ridge to catch the A Night of Worship Tour co-headlined by Leeland and Phil Wickham. Wickham is amazing live, i've only seen him once before where he did an acoustic set so i was excited to see him with a full band. I've been a fan of Leeland since their first album but somehow have not managed to catch them live. The tour info indicated this was a "co-headline" tour which meant either could be the main act, it turned out to be Leeland this night.

We found our seats in this average size sanctuary of Crossroads Christian Church, actually it was 3 different section of General Admission, which i can't stand personally but whatever. The house-lights dimmed and we were greeted with 3 dudes on guitar and a piano player, playing common worship songs the typical church-goer would recognize (songs made popular by Chris Tomlin like Your Grace Is Enough). Expecting Matt Maher who i didn't know much about, i was surprised to see all three performers on stage, Leeland, Wickham, and Matt Maher, and Leeland's piano player Jack Mooring. The vocals were impressive, each having their own unique sound; Maher was strong and lower than the other three, Leeland has a higher range and some indie-sounding raspy tone, and Wickham is all over the place, crazy vocals as Randy Jackson might claim. I could get used to this team leading worship, incredible!

After 3-4 worship songs there was a smooth transition in Matt Maher, accompanied by Leeland's band. I was not super impressed with Maher's original stuff, his voice was cool but his lyrics were a little corny / elementary for my liking. he did however bust into Bob Marley's Everything Is Alright for a few minutes which was pretty cool. He only played about 3-4 songs before Phil Wickham was on.

Phil Wickham is currently supporting his latest album, Heaven & Earth, his third full-length album. It was a little different to see Wickham rocking an electric guitar, and with a band, but he pulled it off no problem. He opened the show with Eden off his latest record and then continued to move effortlessly into his collection of great worship songs like Cannons, True Love, Divine Romance, and In Your City. Wickham does a great job of mending songs together, leading into the next song usually with an insightful explanation of his lyrics.

After this group of songs Wickham brought out his acoustic guitar and let the band take a break. He lead into Safe, his latest "single" off of Heaven & Earth, my favorite track. Without the band you could really see that Wickham is most comfortable just playing his guitar and singing, his voice is spectacular. Unfortunately Safe was the only acoustic track we got to hear as the band made their way out and played a new track that according to Wickham he just wrote. he played probably 2-3 more songs and then it was intermission.

During the intermission Leeland, Phil Wickham, and Jack Mooring (Leeland) came out to make a presentation, showing a video of LEeland's recent missions trip with Food For The Hungry and presenting the case for FFTH. We were given the chance to sponsor a child right then, through Food For The Hungry, in either Cambodia or Haiti.

After the intermission Leeland was set to play. His sound is different than Wickhams in the sense that Leeland isn't so much congregational worship songs, but just rock songs that have lyrics about everything. It was a little harder to sing along with since Leeland's vocal range is higher than most people, and despite having the words displayed on the wall (same for Phil Wickham) a lot of people didn't know most of Leeland's material. We saw a handful of people leave during Leeland's set as well, i think a lot of people were there for Phil Wickham, i wish he would have headlined because Leeland is a great band if you give them a chance.

Anyway, they rocked on through Carry Me Through, Pure Bride, Yes You Have, Beautiful Lord, New Creation and my favorite track of the night; Sound of Melodies. Unfortunately i was waiting to take a video of Tears Of The Saints and they never played it, so i didn't get any video. I was hoping for more of a rocking set with songs like Opposite Way and Count Me In but i'm thinking that since the tour was billed as "Night of Worship" they skipped out on the rock songs and stuck with the corporate worship songs.

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