David Leonard, formerly one-half of the GRAMMY Award nominated duo All Sons & Daughters and a former member of acclaimed band NEEDTOBREATHE, releases his first solo album March 15 with The Wait.
Using audio and video mediums set against a backdrop of alternative pop, The Wait (Integrity Music) tells Leonard’s story of wrestling through heartache, depression, confusion and redemption with his family and with God. At its heart, The Wait is a pilgrim’s tale, filled with all the joy, fear and hope expected on this side of Heaven. And though mined from Leonard’s own journey, the themes are universal.
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With The Wait, David brings us the folk-acoustic worship style reminiscent of his time with All Sons & Daughters ("Know Your Heart," "Come As You Are," "There's Nobody"), and explores new sounds we haven't heard from him before, such as rock ("Share This Burden") and synth-pop and alternative ("By My Side," "Signs of Life"). This collection of songs showcases David's vulnerability as a person and songwriter, as well as his versatility as a musician.
The album vulnerably explores themes of wrestling with faith, waiting, and trusting God. In "I Will Wait", David sings I won't forget that Your hand will hold me / Your love sustains me through the wait. That lyric reminds me of Psalm 139:7-12, which speaks about God being with us, guiding us, and strengthening us even in seasons that feel dark and difficult. In the lyric itself, David sings phrases verbatim from Psalm 103:1-2, "Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me."
Best Song On The Record:
"Know Your Heart" stands out as best song on the record. It's possibly the closet moment on the album to the type of heartfelt worship anthem that you've come to appreciate so much from David's time with All Sons & Daughters, but David definitely leaves a mark on this song that is all his own. The chorus is both catchy and prayerful. It's one you will walk away from this album singing and praying throughout your day.