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Vulnerability and Versatility
Posted March 26, 2019
By JasminPatterson_NRT, Staff Reviewer

What You Need To Know:

David Leonard, former member of worship duo All Sons & Daughters, releases his debut solo album, The Wait, on Integrity Music.

What It Sounds Like:

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.   

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights:

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.

For Fans Of:

Elias Dummer, Michael Farren, We Are Messengers

Final Word:

David has opened up his heart on The Wait, honestly sharing his journey of faith and conversations with God. His words will give voice to your own journey and conversation with God as well. 

Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify

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