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More than a musician
Three years ago, Mitch McVicker came to Derby to play before an intimate crowd in the sanctuary at Woodlawn United Methodist Church.
Most people came to hear music from the man who was with Rich Mullins when he died in a car crash in 1997.
Mullins was a native son, a worshipper that made people feel that they were really in the throne room with God.
At the time of the concert three years ago, not much was really known about McVicker.
His music wasn’t nearly as famous
as Mullins’ worship songs – such as “Awesome God” and “Step by Step.”But,
still, he drew a large crowd and the people in the sanctuary that
His songs were fresh. They were
ballads. They told stories of people struggling with faith and then gaining
the kingdom Then, near the end, McVickers pulled off a Mullins’ type worship
McVicker will return to Derby
on Jan. 30 for a concert at Grace Harbor Baptist Church in the old Derby
Theater. The one thing I miss more than anything about the loss of
Oh, sure, Third Day does a pretty
good job of it. So do The News Boys and DC-Talk. But the closeness
that Mullins made you feel with God, with each other, with him, is something
special, something no one else can bring to a concert. At least, that is
what I thought until three years ago when McVicker put away all the electrical
instruments, the drums and the backup
When he sang “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” and “Step by Step” that same intimacy Mullins brought to his concerts was suddenly back. McVicker showed that he is more than just a musician, he is a worship leader and I will never forget it.
At the Derby Theater on Jan. 30, McVicker will play songs from his next unreleased CD, but the real treat will come when he leads worship at the end. If you liked Rich Mullins, you won’t want to miss Mitch McVicker. This tour is being called The Never Ending Tour.