Jadon Lavik is a new artist whose simple melodic acoustic style is reminiscent of an earlier era of guitar troubadours. I first heard his music at GMA (Gospel Music Association) week in Nashville in April, where I saw him play at the Tooth & Nail showcase. It was a little surprising to hear a pretty mellow acoustic worship sound at a showcase for a label known for hard rocking bands, some of whom weren't always upfront about their faith. Signing Jeremy Camp appeared to signify a new approach for the Tooth & Nail/BEC label, and artists like Kutless are blatantly proclaiming their Christianity, so Lavik fits quite well into the new Tooth & Nail atmosphere.
Jadon Lavik's jump start to his career in music came when he spent two years as a musical intern at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, honing his John Mayer-esque acoustic guitar/vocalist style. Before that time was up, the Moving on Faith project was underway. The CD gravitates to an acoustic worship sound, but there are electric guitars, including a guest appearance by Phil Keaggy, lending his vocal and guitar talents to the hymn Nothing But The Blood, the only track not written by Lavik.
I imagine This Day will be heard at some future weddings:
And I will give you my heart / And all of who I am / And I will give you more than vows / And words could ever say / Yes I'll give you my all on this day / On this day // On the cross his love was shown / And this love will build our home / Standing now in front of you / We profess a love we know is true // To share a life that draws us closer / To the one that we live for
Moving On Faith will appeal to fans of Phil Keaggy and acoustic folk/rock.
Visit: Jadon Lavik.