Jay Weaver, the bass player and a vocalist for Big Daddy Weave, has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 42. His brother, Mike Weaver, frontman of veteran Christian band, announced the sad news on Sunday (Jan. 2) through social media. “My brother Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago,” Mike Weaver said in the emotional video clip on Instagram, adding that Jay died from “complications with COVID-19 on top of everything else that he already had going on.”
He continued, “You’ve seen him walk the uphill battle and you guys helped carry him through so much. The Lord used him in such a mighty way out on the road for so many years. Anybody who’s come in contact with him knows how real his faith in Jesus was. Even though COVID took his last breath, Jesus was right there to catch him.”
Big Daddy Weave is an American contemporary Christian band from Mobile, Alabama composed of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Joe Shirk, Jeremy Redmon, and Brian Beihl. They are signed to Fervent Records.
The band members met in college while attending the University of Mobile. Mike Weaver had been serving as worship leader of a Pensacola, Florida church and attending a community college in the area. He came to the university at the urging of his pastor, and studied voice.
In 2006 and 2007, Big Daddy Weave toured with Mark Schultz on his “Broken and Beautiful” Tour. In 2009, they headlined the “What Life Would Be Like” Tour with guest musician Josh Wilson.
On June 25, 2019, band frontman Mike Weaver announced that he would be releasing his autobiographical book, I Am Redeemed, on September 3, 2019.