Welcome to the F.I.T. in Faith Podcast! In this episode, host Tamra Andress welcomes David Leonard, an experienced musician who has played on numerous stages throughout his career.
The conversation starts with Tamra expressing her excitement to introduce David to her community. She talks about attending one of David’s performances at a Cain Concert, and how she was impressed with his authenticity, humor, and connection with the audience.
David Leonard shares his experiences working with Cain and producing songs for their live project. He also talks about his own journey as a songwriter and how he learned to write songs that are honest and real.
Tamra and David discuss the importance of being open to where God is moving and how to yield to the Holy Spirit. They also talk about the creative process and the importance of creating an environment where people feel safe and creative.
Tune in to this episode to learn more about David Leonard and his music.
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Quickly honing his plethora of musical skills while in college and in his band Jackson Waters, Nashville-based David Leonard began performing with NEEDTOBREATHE before becoming one-half of the critically acclaimed and GRAMMYⓇ-nominated duo All Sons & Daughters. Now, as a G.M.A. Dove AwardⓇ-winning producer (Confio/Jaci Velasquez) and creative partner in The Creak Music (Brandon Lake, Cody Carnes, NEEDTOBREATHE, Ben & Noelle Kilgore, and more), he’s also racked up stellar songwriting credits. David followed up the critically-acclaimed album with The Wait: Silence The Noise, encompassing recreated and intimate versions of each of the original tracks.
His latest single is the infectious and worshipful sing-along “Good Lord,” which has quickly become his anthem. “This song is a testament to the goodness of God in my life,” David explains. “Just like everyone, I’ve had good days and days I wish I could totally forget. But looking back, it’s clear that the Lord is with me through them all. In each moment of our lives, God is good, all the time, and that never changes.” The song is also becoming an anthem at radio. As his fastest-rising song to date, “Goid Lord” is already top 20 and continuing to climb.
Along with being a husband and father, David Leonard can easily say his other love and passion is his work. “I have fallen in love with the community around me and am honored to be a part of it. I feel blessed that I get to help artists and songwriters craft beautiful things, and I feel blessed that I get to share what God is doing in my life through my own songs. For me, music has always been about creating environments for people to experience God in a brand new way. That’s hope now, that when you turn the songs on in your car or we’re in a night of worship, or anywhere you’re listening, you feel like you get to experience God. It’s prayer that I continue to carry that spirit of ushering in that presence of what He does.”
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In this episode of The F.I.T. in Faith Podcast with host Tamra Andress and guest David Leonard, the two dive into Leonard’s experiences as a musician and songwriter. Leonard talks about his passion for creating music that is authentic and real, and how he always strives to write songs that he feels a personal connection to. He also discusses the importance of being open to where God is moving and allowing oneself to be vulnerable and honest in the creative process.
The conversation also touches on the importance of having a supportive community, both on and off the stage. Leonard talks about the joy of being able to tour with friends and create music together, while Andress shares her own experiences of feeling isolated while pursuing her passions.
Throughout the episode, there is an emphasis on the power of words and authenticity in all aspects of life. David Leonard discusses his journey of learning to be comfortable with who he is and to write from with honesty. And Tamra shares her own struggles with people-pleasing and the importance of allowing oneself to be vulnerable.
The conversation is filled with humor, vulnerability, and inspiration, as they explore the power of music to bring people together. Overall, the episode offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of David Leonard. Additionally it shares the importance of community, authenticity, and vulnerability in pursuing one’s passions.
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