Retour sur un jeune artiste que je trouve très inspiré: « Leeland ». Dire qu’il fêtera ses 23 ans en Juin 2010…
Leeland Dayton Mooring (born June 16, 1988) from Baytown, Texas, is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the band Leeland.
Leeland became a Christian at the age of five. He has two siblings; older brother Jack Mooring and younger sister Shelly Mooring.
Leeland co-wrote six songs on Stand, Michael W. Smith’s 2007 release, and wrote a seventh entirely.
When asked what inspires his songwriting he said, « A lot of my songs are birthed out of prayer. The ones that we’ve received the best response from have been the ones God just kind of dropped in my lap while I was spending time in His presence. That’s my main inspiration. »
On describing a scene reflecting God’s glory through nature as said in « Yes You Have » said, « We were driving through Washington. I had my headphones on, listening to some Irish Celtic music. A choir was in the background, and while I was listening, I looked outside the van, and we were driving through beautiful mountains. The culmination of the music and the mountains was just incredible. It shows you how small you are and how much of a human you still are and need God. »
When pressed about having hard times in his own life, and if there’ve ever been times when things were overwhelming, like that of which one of the more serious songs from Sound of Melodies, « Too Much », says, he stated, « I’ve always grown up in a strong Christian family, so I’ve never gone through a lot like a lot of kids have. I’m very blessed with that. But that two-year stint [on the road] was some of the best times and some of the most striving times. I was only 11, 12 and 13 during those years. We constantly had to trust God week to week for finances so we could live. The last week we traveled [as a family], my mom was put in the hospital and almost had a heart attack. She physically couldn’t take it, because we weren’t getting a lot of sleep. It was hard on us. I look at the pictures now, and it was by God’s grace that she got out and that nothing serious happened. I don’t know what I’d do with myself if my mom ever died, because she’s the pillar in our lives. I couldn’t picture myself without her wisdom, guidance and love. »
Which song from the new album (2006) are you most proud of?
Leeland « Tears of the Saints (2006): » I was praying, asking God to help me feel what he feels for the lost. I wanted a hunger to be a soul winner. After praying for about 30 minutes and feeling nothing, I just began to weep. I felt such an intense grief in my heart, and God said to me, « That’s just a fraction of what I feel for my children who are lost. » After that, this song came immediately—lyrics, chords, all of it. It was all inspired by God.
« Even churches have forsaken
Love and mercy
May we see this generation
In its state of desperation
For Your glory
This is an emergency! » »
When asked about the story behind « Carried to the Table (2006) », said, « One of the evangelists [my family] traveled with for two years had a message that spoke about that story of Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel. His message moved me so much that I fell in love with that story and couldn’t get it out of my head. He related [the story] in the message to how God carries us to the table. Things I can’t get out of my head, I make songs out of them. I sat in my room and prayed to God about it. I worked on [the song] two days and finally finished it. »
Reprise : Folow you (2009):