One of the things I decided to do on my latest album was include a couple of cover songs – songs I recorded that were written by other people. The first one that came to mind was “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave. I first performed this song at my church over two years ago and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a bigger response to a song that I’ve done – not in terms of applause, but in terms of people talking about how much the song means to them. In other words, it had little to do with me and everything to do with what a powerful song this is.
Since that time, our choir has performed the song as part of an Easter musical and also done it as a separate anthem several times. The message that the song communicates – that we have been redeemed of all the guilt and shame and have been made a new creation in Christ – is often drowned out in today’s American culture where you are judged on how perfect you can be and everyone tries to cover up who they really are. Christ has made us free of all of that, but it is sometimes easy to fall back into that trap. But “I don’t have to be the old man inside of me ’cause his day is long dead and gone.”
I hope you enjoy my version. I recruited my wife and daughter to help me by being a “choir,” and they made a good one.