Former David Crowder Band members transition into new worship band, continue to share Christís love, redemptioncomment (0)
January 16, 2014
By Leann Callaway
After leading worship for events and performing concerts for more than a decade, the Dove Award-winning David Crowder Band caught many fans off guard when they announced their final season together.
As the Lord was providing unique opportunities and allowing Crowder to lessen his hectic touring schedule, he joined the worship team at Passion City Church, Atlanta, to have more time to focus on creatively communicating the gospel through songs.
During this time, the Lord was also giving a new vision and direction to Crowder’s former band members.
Mike Dodson, Mark Waldrop, Jack Parker and Jeremy Bush still desired to influence a generation of worshippers with songs about Christ’s love and redemption. These four musicians embarked on a new season as they transitioned into a worship band called The Digital Age.
“We feel like our group name fits what we’re trying to do as a band — trying to be relevant in the digital age,” Waldrop said. “There is nothing better than singing praises to the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe, the author and perfecter of our faith. That is why we do this — to lead people to His throne and offer adoration to Him for who He is and what He has done.
“As a band, we want to modernize worship just a little bit and actually take it back to the days when we were singing old hymns with our parents and everyone’s voice was just as loud while singing in one accord. That’s such a cool moment when everyone’s voice is joined together.”
The Digital Age recently released their debut album, “Evening:Morning,” which is a concept record with 12 songs corresponding to the hours between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
“Songwriting is a very collaborative process for us,” Waldrop said. “We discussed what message we wanted to convey with this album and gave each song a theme. We knew that we wanted to center the songs around the creation story, resurrection, beauty from ashes and going from dark to light.
“We wanted to share these messages because during a new season you don’t really know what God has in store for you. A lot of the songs were inspired by Romans 8. There’s a song called ‘Through the Night’ that is our midnight song, and the chorus is, ‘Through the night we’ll keep on singing.’ We felt like that was our motto for the record. We still don’t necessarily know where we are going, but we know that God has a plan, so we’re going to keep singing and praising Him.
“When people come to our concerts, our focus is leading worship and facilitating a time when they can sing praises to God,” Waldrop said. “The most fulfilling moment is when we’re playing a song and we get a chance to step back from the microphone, letting the audience know that we are just there to sing praises to God alongside them. I love moments when we can do that.”