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Big Daddy Weave, fronted by Mike Weaver, left, is headlining its Only Name national tour, with more than 30 performances with Tim Timmons and the Group 1 Crew. The band is touring in support of its 2012 album “Love Come To Life,” which includes three chart-topping tracks, “Love Come To Life,” “Redeemed,” and “The Only Name (Yours Will Be).”                              - Contributed photo
Big Daddy Weave, fronted by Mike Weaver, left, is headlining its Only Name national tour, with more than 30 performances with Tim Timmons and the Group 1 Crew. The band is touring in support of its 2012 album “Love Come To Life,” which includes three chart-topping tracks, “Love Come To Life,” “Redeemed,” and “The Only Name (Yours Will Be).”
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Big Daddy Weave might not be well known among mainstream audiences, but the chart-topping band with more than a decade and nine albums under its belt can certainly pack a room with its faith-based fans.

“We’re a bunch of guys that got together in college, and now it’s almost been 16 years together,” said Mike Weaver who handles lead vocals and guitar for the band.

“We’ve spent the last 12 (years) in the industry playing Christian music,” he said.

Today, the band is composed of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Brian Beihl and Joe Shirk.

Their sound bears notes of country and clean pop, though Weaver notes that they play a range of styles. The important part, for him, is the message.

“It sounds like everything,” he said. “It has a southern rock flair, it has some country music flair. We call it acoustic pop rock, and every now and then we have a bit of a jazz leaning. But the focus of the lyrics is consistent. We talk about relationships with God.”

Big Daddy Weave will perform on March 16, 7 p.m. at Gateway Fellowship, 18901 8th Ave., Poulsbo.

The band won’t be alone. Fellow faith-based artists Tim Timmons and the Group 1 Crew will be in tow as part of the Only Name Tour. It is the only stop in Washington on the tour that spans more than 30 performances.

Tim Timmons’ acoustic pop sound has recently been spread through his debut 2013 album “Cast My Cares.”

The Group 1 Crew — led by duo Manwell Reyes and Blanca Reyes Callahan — executes hip-hop infused pop, mixing hyper-autotuned vocals with rap interludes and impressive singing courtesy of Callahan. The group has released four albums, won five Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and has been nominated for five other Dove Awards. Callahan recently left the act, though Reyes continues to tour with a full band and a new female singer.

The tour rounds out with an eclectic mix.

“It’s weird because Christian music is like the only genre that has all the genres within it,” Weaver said. “It’s a message of hope, but it can sound like anything.”

Big Daddy Weave formed in the late ’90s and began releasing records in 2001. The band has since released a total of nine albums.

Big Daddy Weave was honored with the Dove Award for the 2010 Christmas album of the year. The band also nabbed a nomination in 2002 for new artist of the year.

Their single “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” has floated across the top five slots of the Christian Airplay chart for at least the past 14 weeks, with five weeks spent in the No. 1 position.

It’s not the first time the band has enjoyed top-chart status. Their song “Redeemed” experienced similar treatment this same time last year, as well as their song “Love Come To Life.” All tracks are included on the band’s 2012 album “Love Come To Life.”

The group’s concerts showcase their hits, but Weaver points out that they can lean more toward the worship services at times.

“We love music and we love connecting with people even more,” he said. “Sometimes I find myself rushing through the music because at the end of the show we pray with people.”

“For me it’s about the message,” Weaver said. “I love playing music, but for me it’s about caring for people.”

The March 16 concert will not only provide entertainment, but also funding for a local cause through the Gateway Fellowship that has organized the show.

“Gateway Fellowship has produced a number of concert events over the last 16 months and uses the concerts to generate revenue for various ministries,” said Mark W. Costa, chief marketing officer for Gateway Christian Schools and Fellowship.

“Generally what happens is 100 percent of the net revenue from the concert will be used to bless the less fortunate,” he said.

In this case, the funds will support financial aid for the fellowship’s schools. Gateway has campuses in Poulsbo and Bremerton.

“Last year, Gateway Christian Schools gifted about $200,000 in financial aid,” Costa said. “We have about 700 kids in the district. We have students that come to our campuses [from] as far away as Gig Harbor and Bainbridge Island.”

Only Name Tour featuring Big Daddy Weave, Group 1 Crew and Tim Timmons

When: March 16, 7 p.m.

Where: Gateway Fellowship, 18901 8th Ave., Poulsbo

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. $12 for groups of 10 or more, $20 for special seating in the golden circle. Tickets can be purchased at www.gatewayfellowship.com/events.

Info: 360-377-7700, gatewayfellowship.com, www.bigdaddyweave.com, www.group1crew.com, www.timmonsmusic.com

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