I love leading the church in worship. It’s the greatest passion of my life, and brings me the most joy in what I do for a living.
However, lately I feel like I’m becoming more and more of a cover band singer, instead of a worship leader.
I remember when we—the band & vocals (a.k.a. the worship team)—used to use a recording of a new song as a basis for what we were going to do with it. We’d work together, come up with our own arrangements, intros, solos, outros, etc. We made the song “our own.”
Now days, it seems like we just do our best to make ourselves sound like the recording, instead of doing our best to make ourselves sound like….ourselves.
We are not Hillsong United.
I am not Chris Tomlin.
I am, John Forbis.
We are (where I currently serve) CrossRoads Nazarene.
I wonder how I can get back to being a worship leader instead of a cover band singer?
I wonder if it’s better that way?
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SIDE NOTE #1: I am in NO WAY saying through this blog post that being a cover band singer is a bad thing, or that it’s wrong. I’m just posing the question, more for myself than for anyone else, if it’s right for ME, for who I AM, for who God wants ME to be?
SIDE NOTE #2: I totally stole the idea for this blog from a thought Carlos Whittaker had on his blog. So go ahead…sue me! (Well, not you Carlos…)