Photos by Morgan Reed Photography
Last night was the first time I have actually led a worship team in about a year. You might think that is weird considering I went to a school of worship, but I filled the role of an electric guitarist all year. I took classes, read books, and put deep thought into the art of being a great worship leader all year and this was my first chance to really put it all to the test. All that knowledge really got me through the different problems that arose. The first one was finding people to play. I found a drummer, keyboardist, and bassist a week in advance. I could not pin down a lead guitarist or a female singer. I wanted to play Desert Song at the end of my set, so I really wanted to get a singer! I asked a bunch of people and no one could make the commitment. Due to the lack of any lead, rhythm, or acoustic guitarist, I decided to make loops which would fill out the overall sound and I also decided to program some of the lead lines on synth. I laid everything out in Ableton so that the drummer could hit “play” and the loop with click would play the whole set without him ever having to touch anything else. I also decided to play electric because I figured it would fill the sound out more than an acoustic would.
As I was finishing up the loop set on Wednesday, I realized I still did not have a female vocalist. I then made the decision to switch Desert Song to How He Loves so that I could sing it because I did not think I would find a vocalist the day of. It turns out we did! I decided to stick to playing How He Loves because I already had the loop programed with that song. I felt bad because it was Alyssa’s first time singing at Liquid and I would have loved for her to have that opportunity to lead a song. She still sang harmony and she sounded great! Cory, our drummer, also played at Liquid for the first time and he rocked it! Garfield and Estabon held it down as usual!
I think the night went really well and I throughly enjoyed myself. I tried new things and got out of my comfort zone. I ad-libbed and spoke a few words that I felt I needed to say. Those are things that I have never done before and it was liberating. I know I have talked about gaining my confidence as a musician before, but now I have gained confidence as a worship leader. I know I can do it and I know that I will do it even better next time. Ocean’s Edge prepared me mentally with the knowledge I needed to do it well. I still have obstacles to overcome vocally and I reviewed things that I can do better in the rehearsal next time, but I am very pleased with how it went and it felt great to lead a band again. Here is the opening song from that night!
Setlist - Here For You / Everlasting God / Your Love Never Fails / How He Loves