Monday, September 10, 2012
He may have a ‘cartoon character-inspired hairdo’ but David Crowder knows how to praise the Lord through his music
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS) -- Singer David Crowder was once described as “a lanky 32-year-old with a cartoon character-inspired hairdo,” by Lane Murphy writing in the Summer 2008 Baylor Magazine (www.baylor.edu/alumni/magazine).
Now, four years on from when this was written, this tall, affable musician, who until recently led what was called “David Crowder Band”, has gone solo, as I discovered when I talked with him last Saturday (September 8, 2012) before he went on stage at the Harvest Crusade LA with Greg Laurie.
However, at this event, he was joined by a group of talented musicians for his performance.
I began by asking Crowder how many Harvest crusades he had played at and he smiled and replied, “Well I’m no math doctor, so it’s hard to count, but I think this would be number five that I have been a part of and I’ve loved every moment.”
I then talked about the fact that his award-winning band is no longer with him, and so I asked him what had happened.
“It sounds kind of complicated, does it not?” he laughed, and then added, “Yeah, for twelve years we were a band and we got our start at a little church in Waco, Texas, and it was wonderful. We had a couple of contracts that we went through with the label and by the time we got to the end of the second one we were looking at each other and felt is was time for something new. It was as simple as that. We just we all felt like God was taking us to do something different.
“And then there’s me; and I’m out on my own. We’re going to get a little solo thing going here in the future and we’ll see what happens.”
How would you describe the sort of music you’re doing now?
Would it be like a country style?
“Well that creeps in as I’m from Texas and I can’t help it,” he chuckled. “But it’s basically pop songs with new instrumentation on top of it at this point. So we’ll see where it’s going but, at the moment, I can’t tell you.”
“I would say it is almost the opposite,” Crowder said. “You see, if there’s a room full of just five people, I’m terrified. But when you get that many folks as we have here tonight, I think there’s so much about it that’s almost Old Testament to me? The Children of Israel would come together once a year for these massive festivals and I think there’s some sort of power there’s that is translated through this.
“There’s this encouragement; that you can’t help but soak it in when you have my view of a thing and it’s pretty beautiful. So it goes the opposite direction and I only get wound up when there are just a few people.”
At the end of the two nights at Dodger Stadium, there was a total of 5,936 in-stadium professions and so I asked David Crowder what it did to him at the end of the evening to see so many people come forward to accept Christ into their lives?
“As I have said earlier, I’ve been a part of about five of these now, and each time I’m blown away to see so many people respond to the Story of God,” he said. “It’s so rare to watch that many people be engaged by the Story of God and then respond and you see this flow of humanity onto the field. It’s just wonderful. Talk about encouraging -- that’s encouraging.”
I concluded the interview with this delightful man before he left for the stage, by asking him if he had any albums in the pipeline, and he replied, “Oh no, we have got nothing right now. We’re biding our time. I’m not getting in a hurry and I’m just trying to pray for light enough for the next step and the courage to take it, and we’ll get there when we need to get there.”
It wasn't long before David Crowder and his musicians had the crowd on their feet dancing and clapping along to his wonderful music. And, of course, his eyes clouded up later when the mass of humanity began to move forward at the end of Greg Laurie's sermon to make the greatest committment of their life -- to Jesus Christ.
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