On November 12, the Milk & Honey Tour featuring Crowder and Sean Curran stopped by Mt Zion Church in Clarkston, Michigan. I would like to first say how amazing it is that live music is back! After what felt like years without concerts, being in a room full of people, especially people worshipping, felt amazing.
Sean Curran was up first, and if you haven't seen him live yet, it's truly a treat. I first saw him perform at Passion in 2019 and his energy on stage is incredible. He is super engaging and most of all, super fun! Seeing him this year was no different. He came out and had everyone stand to their feet and you could just feel the excitement fill the room as they played "Glorious Day," which is a song that's kind of hard not to love. He bounced around on stage with his bright colored Converse and majestic long hair. Throughout the rest of the set, Sean and his band played quite a few songs off his new EP, which my husband and I listened to the whole drive home after the concert -- my favorites being the title track, "1,000 Names" and also "Shake the Dust Off." The energy everyone had on stage was just super enjoyable and my husband and I both really loved Curran's set.
Crowder was up next. I feel like a big part of my childhood growing up in church was hearing David Crowder*Band songs, and I still remember lyrics to songs I probably haven't heard in ten years! His sound has really evolved over the years, and I was excited to see him perform again as it had been a long time since the last time I saw him. A dramatic light came down on Crowder as he sang "The Anchor," a song off his newest album, Milk & Honey. It definitely was an intense and heartfelt song as an opener, but it was great. After that song in typical Crowder fashion, the energy started to flood in. Something I love about David Crowder is just his contagious joy. I found myself smiling behind the camera as I was watching him perform. You can just tell he really loves what he does and he never holds back a smile.
Once the stage lit up in yellow for the title track off Crowder's new album, you could see the stage was filled with musicians and a wide array of instruments. After "Milk & Honey," they transitioned into "Prove It" where the bass player, JR, came to the front to carry the rap part of the song. After another song or two, David started talking about how he had a few more Holy Ghost songs to play and everyone cheered. I liked how he took some time in between songs just to connect and joke with the audience, especially about how he was stalling because he didn't want the night to end. After a few power-packed songs, like "Higher Power," there was a transition into "How He Loves," which after all these years is still a favorite of mine! Chidima Ubah, who was one of the background vocalists, came to the front to help him lead this song, along with "God Really Loves Us," and it was incredible. She has a beautiful voice that brought a very calming energy to the room and, alongside David, really opened up the space for people to worship. After this, they played another one of their more well-known songs, "Come As You Are," as well as "Red Letters," where David played piano and sang, which created a really cool moment. After a few more low key songs, the energy ramped back up as they closed out the night.
Overall, I really enjoyed the show. Crowder's sound is has a strong southern leaning compared to his older music, and it just really makes for a unique experience. It was awesome to hear some older songs I recognized alongside some new ones, too. Everyone on stage seemed to play multiple instruments, and their talent and energy was really admirable. Crowder has a huge range of musical styles if you compare a song like "How He Loves" to a song like "Higher Power," which definitely keeps things interesting, and it seems he has a song for just about everyone! If you have the chance to catch Sean Curran or Crowder on tour soon, don't pass up the opportunity.-- Megan Gorey, 11/23/21
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